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.


They Keep Quiet So We Make Noise

In Jenjarom, Malaysia, the smell of burnt plastic creeps across the town entering the homes of residents, stirring them awake and poisoning their fresh air. At night, activists search for the illegal, so-called recycling facilities processing the tide of plastic waste being sent from all over the world.

In competition for Local Jury Award.
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Three Songs For Benazir

The story of Shaista, a young man who—newly married to Benazir and living in a camp for displaced persons in Kabul—struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army with the responsibilities of starting a family. Even as Shaista’s love for Benazir is palpable, the choices he must make to build a life with her have profound consequences.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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The Train Driver

Bernd Ziegler is a train driver who has unintentionally killed six people over the course of his professional life.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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The Trucker

An immigrant truck driver makes his way home across the American Midwest.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under, Bridging the Borders Award, and Best U.S. Short.
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Tulip

A fresh and woolly take on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale Thumbelina, this stop-motion animated film follows Tulip on her adventures as she explores the garden outside her home in search of where she belongs.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Turning to Dust

Due to unpaid wages, Elif and her husband are deep in debt. Elif’s husband wants to return to Turkey, but she believes there’s a better future for their son in France.

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

Casey TwoBears is a Marine Corps veteran, ex-junkie, and former county inmate. While working as a janitor for a boxing gym, Casey volunteers to be the sparring partner for the local "champ" to prove his worth as a warrior in and out of the ring.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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The Unchosen One

For child actor Devon Michael, the coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ hotly anticipated The Phantom Menace was the part of a lifetime. Chosen as one of George’s final three for the role, Devon recollects the moment that would change his life, and Star Wars history, forever.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Unforgivable

A ruthless hitman for the 18th Street gang serves his sentence inside an evangelical Salvadoran prison, where he is guilty not only of his crimes, but of an unforgivable sin under God and gang: being gay.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best LGBT+ Short.
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The Unseen River

On the banks of the Mekong, a young couple seeking a cure for insomnia arrive at a monastery, while a woman reminisces with a former lover in the shadow of a dam.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award.
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Valley

Two childhood friends ditch school during their senior year. What starts as a day of teenage frivolity ends with them making sense of their waning days, and friendship, in California's San Gabriel Valley.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Versailles

Feeling out of place among her girlfriend's family, Sanaa returns to her home neighborhood in the hope of reconnecting with her younger sister, Rana. While an old connection tries to reinsert himself into Sanaa's life, the two sisters plan a trip to the seaside.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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Vlada Goes to London

Vlada has an opportunity to DJ in London. But she lives in Haifa and there are only a few hours left on her last pizza delivery shift before the gig. Can she make enough tips to cover the flight?

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Best Student International Short.
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The Voice in Your Head

Dan spends his every waking hour tortured by the negative voice in his head, until he learns something shocking that allows him to break free.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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The Void Inside

After getting caught in a fight, Vahid needs to sell one of his kidneys to avoid a long prison sentence. While waiting for a buyer, a wish for a better life starts to grow within him.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award, Best Student Documentary Short, and Best Documentary Short.
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The Walk

Women of all ages emerge from the shadows and together, walk toward a light. Guided by their instincts, they will face and transcend their own limits.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Walk With Kings

A father, reconnecting with his son, is the victim of an incident that suddenly shakes up his fragile reconstruction.

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

Camilo, a teenage rower from a traditional pier in Xochimilco, is secretly exploring his sexual desires with another man. When he believes that fellow rower Beto has discovered his secret, he goes to confront him.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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We Have One Heart

After his mother dies, Adam unearths letters his parents exchanged decades ago. This presents an opportunity for him to find out more about the father he never knew.

In competition for Young Cineastes Award and Best Animated Short.
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We Won't Forget

A Valentine's Day spent with friends turns into a viral public freakout.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.
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2021 ShortFest Archive