Film Index

List of all 295 films showing at the 2021 Palm Springs International ShortFest. Note: When you attend a ShortFest screening you'll be attending a package of films grouped together.


Marlon Brando

Best friends Cas and Naomi are graduating from high school and spend every second of their days together. Within their friendship they have a feeling of ultimate safety. But when their future plans are seemingly different, their relationship wobbles.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Muscle Memory

On the anniversary of his father's death, Tariq dedicates a dance to him.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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Massacre

Two young sisters are about to leave their beloved island, which became too expensive for their family. Their sadness turns into rage towards those forcing them to leave--tourists. This last summer will be as toxic as the seaweed swarming all over the beaches.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.
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The Moogai

In this Aboriginal psychological thriller, a family is terrorized by a child-stealing spirit.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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The Nannies

Signe's mother died unexpectedly when she was five years old. Now a filmmaker, Signe reconstructs a forgotten time in her life with memories from nannies who cared for her. The film is a character-driven story about a daughter trying relive the past, and a father trying to avoid it.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Navozande, the Musician

At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life were separated from each other. Fifty years later, the musician is summoned to perform at the castle of the Mongols where his beloved is being held.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Animated Short.
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Neurim

Breezes of desire permeate daily rehabilitation routines when a new relationship develops between Orr, a 30-year-old wheelchair user, and her new physiotherapist.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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Night Bus

Aboard a late-night commuter bus, a stolen necklace sets off a macabre chain of events involving a jealous husband and a vengeful monkey.

In competition for Best Midnight Short and Best Animated Short.
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Night of the Living Dicks

Venla is fed up with getting dick pics when she finds a pair of glasses that reveal the true nature of people and which men are real dicks. As the dick monsters realize they've been exposed to Venla in ways they didn't intend, they come after her and Venla must confront an explosive nightmare of genitals and gender roles.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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The Night Train

Oskar is on the night train, heading home after an interview in Stockholm. With a long night ahead of him, he makes eye contact with Ahmad. For the first time he meets the gaze of someone who feels the same desire as he does.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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The Nightwalk

Jarvis moves to his new apartment in Shanghai when the pandemic lockdown begins. Faced with loneliness, he starts having dark and anxious thoughts. To escape from his nightmares, he ventures into the deserted city to get to a friend's house...

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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No More Parties

While struggling to move forward in life, Rose attends her friend’s karaoke party where she will have to face the consequences of her stubbornness.

In competition for Young Cineastes Award.
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No Pain

An up-and-coming strongman's career is derailed after a tragic accident. As he struggles to find a new path forward, he is troubled by debilitating health problems and a dark past.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Nour Shams

Shams’ only son wants to leave Saudi Arabia to become a rapper. She wants him to have babies and settle down.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.
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Nova

When 15-year-old Nova brings her little sister Ivy to soccer practice, Ivy’s new trainer Nadia tells them that Ivy cannot train any more until her membership fee has been paid. When Nadia puts a comforting hand on Nova’s shoulder, Nova gets overwhelmed with a feeling she has never had before.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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Nuevo Rico

A brother and sister stumble upon a celestial secret that changes their lives forever and propels them into Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discover that their newfound fame comes at a deep price.

In competition for Best Animated Short and Best U.S. Short.
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Of Hearts and Castles

A man struggling emotionally after a breakup meets another man for one night. A few hours together ease their emotions and create a momentum that will stay with them forever.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short and Best U.S. Short.
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On My Way

The unexpected arrival of a Nigerian migrant in the Belgian countryside shakes up the fragile daily life of two men living a secret relationship.

In competition for Bridging the Borders Award and Best LGBT+ Short.
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The Other Morgan

When a happy young exterminator discovers there's a better version of herself out in the world, she begins to question the life she has chosen.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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Our Mine

In this eco-feminist tragicomedy, a female body is utilized as the set and characters. Our Mine is the story of a mine collapse from the perspective of the mountain and explores the futile human urge to see ourselves as above nature rather than intrinsically part of it.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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2021 ShortFest