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.


Our Bed Is Green

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.
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Palma

Jeanne is taking her 6-year-old daughter away for the weekend to Majorca. While everything is going down the drain, Jeanne's only concern is to photograph Kiki, the class mascot.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award.
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Passage

A foley artist creates sounds for a film starring a dressage horse and dissolves into his own imitation.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under and Best Midnight Short.
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Paulette

Paulette Harwood, a 90-year-old former Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet soloist, teaches her final classes in a dance school she's run for 60 years.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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A Period Piece

Geetha, an uptight Indian-American woman, finally has sex but things quickly turn messy when period blood stains her pristine couch and a fight erupts mid-coitus, causing her pent-up feelings to spill over.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Pigeon

Joe starts his day off getting attacked by pigeons and it gets worse from there. He soon realizes he has become just like everyone else.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Plaisir

A lonely American faces unrequited love on a farm commune in the south of France.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes, and Best LGBT+ Short.
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Play It Safe

Coaxed into playing a racial typecast in a fellow student’s play, Black drama student Jonathan is faced with the all-too-familiar decision: to challenge prejudice, or play it safe?

In competition for Best International Short.
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Please Hold

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.
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Polka-Dot Boy

A young boy has suffered from a strange polka-dot disease on his arms for as long as he can remember. Encountering some peculiar events, he discovers a hidden connection between the disease and a terrifying religious cult.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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Postpartum

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.
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Private Photos

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.
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Progressive Touch

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.
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The Promised

In and around the historical ruins of Fustat in Old Cairo, tensions simmer between the site’s government-appointed guards and the residents of a nearby settlement.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Prude

Anna casually FaceTimes her best friend, Steph, but is surprised when Scott (Steph's older brother) answers instead. As they rehash old memories this accidental call leads to a precarious, unexpected incident...

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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A Puff Before Dying

A wild night of drugs and drugged-up driving ends in tragedy for three teenage girls that happen to be marionettes.

In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best Midnight Short.
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The Queen of Basketball

Three consecutive college championships. The Olympics. The NBA. Lusia Harris is arguably the greatest American female basketball player of all time. But when will history honor her legend?

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Rachel

Recounting her life as a daughter and young mother grappling with addiction, Rachel Marshall makes generational amends from the pain of her drug use, giving thanks to those who inspired her along the way.

In competition for Local Jury Award.
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Raspberry

Undertakers wait on a family's final farewells, as one son struggles to say goodbye to his dead father.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under and Best U.S. Short.
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The Recorder

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.
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2021 ShortFest