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.


So Be It and So It Is

Two 10-year-old girls prepare for a meeting with their mutual fantasy, a majestic-nosed older boy in this impressionistic film about girlhood longing.

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

A 16-year-old tries to convince her runaway mother to return home.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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Solution for Sadness

A mysterious package offers a woman a temporary reprieve from her meloncholy, only its results are more permament than she realizes.

In competition for Best Student International Short and Best Comedy Short.
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Some Manifestations of the South

A young man who makes a living in South China cleaning ancestors' graves receives a special assignment.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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Son of Sodom

In this gritty portrait of Medellín and its queer youth, filmmaker Theo Montoya reflects on the life and social circle of Camilo Najar following the latter's untimely death at the age of 21.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Documentary Short.
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Souvenir Souvenir

A young filmmaker's decade-long struggle to make a movie out of his grandfather's Algerian war souvenirs unearths painful truths for them both.

In competition for Young Cineastes Award and Best Animated Short.
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Spotted Yellow

Roya, a young woman with a yellow spot on her face, becomes enraptured by fantasies of a giraffe in her daily life, resulting in strange and surreal expressions and behavior.

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

After winning her first international title, an 11-year-old gymnast experiences both new pressures and a new degree of self-awareness. The more recognition she gets, the more she realizes that the game has just begun.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Street Angel

Part documentary, part fever dream, a performance artist discovers the untold onscreen and offscreen histories of Los Angeles Chinatown as she sings a familiar movie tune to aging residents faced with a rapidly developing neighborhood.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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A Stone in the Shoe

A pupil enters his new class for the first time. This pupil however is different from the others, he’s a frog in a class of rabbits.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Stigma, Style

Set in Singapore, 11-year-old Kerri is invited to spend an afternoon by the pool at her friend Jessica's house where she grows increasingly curious about Jessica's elder sister, Clara.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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Stanley Stellar: Here for This Reason

Nearly 50 years of the gay community’s ever-changing face, told by the man daring enough to photograph it all, Stanley Stellar.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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Step Into the River

Lu and Wei are two young girls living in a village nestled on the banks of a river that bears many tragic stories in this surreal and stunning exploration of China's one-child policy.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Strike

Hoping to impress a group of rowdy classmates, 17-year-old Jules invites them to his family's bowling alley. But when the debauchery descends into chaos, he must find the courage to defy them.

In competition for Best Student International Short and Young Cineastes Award.
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Staying (Aros Mae)

A woman from the city has a brief but life-changing connection with a hill farmer and the landscape in remote mid-Wales.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.
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A Summer Place

Tina lives and works in Limassol, a once small seaside town in Cyprus, now slowly becoming the oligarch paradise of the Mediterranean. Being both a player and a victim of this transformation, Tina feels overwhelmed...until an extraordinary encounter changes her life.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Team Meryland

Twelve-year-old boxer Meryland Gonzalez trains for the 2019 Junior Olympics, after losing the 2018 competition, while reliving a past medical trauma that forces her to fight for her life. Meanwhile, her parents, immigrants from Michoacán, work tirelessly to give their miracle child a shot at achieving her dreams.

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short.
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Them

On the run from mysterious creatures, a father will do anything to keep his daughter by his side.

In competition for Best Student Animated Short.
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There's Cake

Marina is surrounded by food, and it also occupies many of her passing thoughts. Today is Saint John's Day, and the hottest and longest day of the summer. Her mother has baked a chocolate cake to celebrate.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Therefore, Socrates Is Mortal

Facing the climate crisis, Louise, a philosophy teacher, turns words into action.

In competition for Best International Short.
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2021 ShortFest