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.
With the help of powerful data-mining technology, customers at Realm, a virtual reality facility, can create virtual facsimiles of real-life places and people. This hyper-personalization is what attracts clientele like Cecily, a young woman wavering between repression and obsession.
In competition for Best Student Animated Short and Best LGBT+ Short.
In the near future, a young working-class Latino is wrongfully arrested. Realizing he has no means of recourse in the fully automated and privatized justice system, he attempts to reach a human who can set things right.
In competition for Best Midnight Short and Best U.S. Short.
An honest and personal insight into the world of an overwhelmed new mother, who presumed that parental leave would become a sort of easy sabbatical. Pumped up with hormones and lacking sleep, the intense postpartum period reveals a chaotic and comic new phase in this woman's life.
In competition for Best Animated Short.
Young couple Rafa and Matheus face the excitement and weirdness of having a third person enter their sexual partnership. When he finally arrives at the apartment, the foundation of their relationship is shaken to its very core.
In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best LGBT+ Short.
Can you fu*k to an irregular beat? In a space between art and pornography, Progressive Touch depicts three moody, absurdist love scenes in which the goal is to "improve" sex by complicating its rhythm and choreography. Sex as dance as comedy. Enacted by three real life couples, the dancers' every explicit move is synchronized to the propulsive, unpredictable score that borrows elements from progressive rock, trap, and math metal.
In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best Midnight Short.
A couple, struggling with their relationship, finds their frustrations manifesting in a defective recorder. In an attempt to restore peace in their relationship, they encounter a woman offering to sell them a new recorder, but the transaction proves more challenging than expected.
In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best LGBT+ Short.