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.


We're Not Animals

Since their break up, Igor's ex has become an Instagram celebrity, actively talking about the female orgasm. Convinced that it is a ploy to prevent him from meeting someone new, he tries to find the courage to confront her.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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What I See When I Look

The filmmaker recreates memories from their childhood to present the complicated dynamics of one family, as observed by a child.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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What Resonates in Silence

A little girl who suffered from the cruel silence of adults feels dispossessed of her right to mourn. As an adult, she recounts the tender gestures that now bind her to the dead.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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What We Don’t Know About Mariam

Bleeding and suffering from a severe pain in her abdomen, Mariam goes to the hospital with her family. After the medical examination tensions escalate between Mariam and her husband.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.
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When We Were Bullies

What begins with a mind-boggling “coincidence” from 25 years ago, leads the filmmaker to track down his 5th-grade class and teacher to see what they remember of a bullying incident from 50 years ago. In a playful and poignant fashion, he begins to understand his complicity in the event... and the bully in all of us.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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White Noises

Hervé knows how to communicate with the Beyond, but the hardest part of spiritualism is not receiving signs, it is understanding them.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.
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Who Do You Protect?

On April 22, 2020, Daniel Hernandez was killed by LAPD officer Toni McBride, who has not faced any charges. The film examines the Los Angeles police union and LAPD's systemic abuses of power, as well as the work of activists who demand elected officials divest from the police.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Widowers

Two men, both reconciling with the loss of their wives, attempt to understand the other.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Wiggle Room

Daisy has a long day ahead of her, stuck inside the shady insurance agency that owes her money for a wheelchair ramp built at her house.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Young Cineastes Award.
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Winona

A woman attempts to define herself at a look-alike competition.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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Wolf in Dude's Clothing

A starving wolf finds the skin of a man and uses it to join society.

In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best Midnight Short.
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The Womb

When her mother dies, Diana escapes to a place of grieving in the Portuguese countryside called "The Womb." Here, patients meditate in an unusual birthing sac. Diana is contacted by family but insists on grieving alone. She eventually meets an older woman who helps her confront the mixed feelings of losing a mother.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Yoruga

A lonely old man pays a visit to Yoruga, one of the last animals on Earth.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.
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Your Own Bullshit

Over the course of a family dinner, deeply rooted filial anxieties and resentments manifest in a phantasmagoric, analog nightmare.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Zona

In a near-future, drought-stricken Los Angeles, an old immigrant woman braves the city to search for water.

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