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.


Break Point

During the course of a friendly tennis match, a father is forced to defend his pride after facing an unexpected challenge from his maturing teenage son.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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A Broken House

A Syrian architect and artist stuck in the U.S. on a single-entry visa eases his homesickness by sculpting life-like renditions of the home he left behind.

In competition for Bridging the Borders Award.
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The Brother

Suffering from an illness causing paralysis, Kais is awakened every morning by a different member of his family. Stuck in a frozen body, he dreams at night that he is the hero of his favorite manga, along with his brothers, Fehd the bodybuilder and Zaïd the ninja.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Bruised Fruit Tastes Sweeter

After a roadside accident a couple tries to mend their fragile relationship.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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Bruiser

After his father gets into a fight at a bowling alley, Darious begins to investigate the limitations of his own manhood.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.
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Bubble

On an ordinary night at a discreet restaurant, a man eats a lot of herbal plants in front of a woman, transforming himself into her food.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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Bug Farm

Four distinct women in Central Florida bond over working with crickets, superworms and roaches on an insect farm in the small town of LaBelle.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Buzzkill

A young girl desperately tries to fit in with a group of South Florida teenagers.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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Cabin for Two

An eccentric man makes a dating tape from his cabin in a post-apocalyptic future.

In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best Midnight Short.
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Catch a Girl

With his elementary understanding of courtship, 11-year-old Darius meets up with friends who conspire to play a popular “predator vs. prey” childhood game—targeted to take advantage of girls.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under and Best U.S. Short.
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Cherry Cola

When Sherri gets arrested for shoplifting from work, she needs to find money for legal fees. Opportunity strikes, and his name is Tom.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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The Chicken

On an unseasonably hot day in November in New York City, Hiro decides to mark the impending arrival of his first child and visit from his cousin from abroad by butchering a live chicken for dinner.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Chuj Boys of Summer

Speaking only his native language, a Guatemalan teenager begins his new life in rural Colorado. A true story inspired by their real lives, this is the first film made in Chuj, a Mayan language.

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

A collection of personal anecdotes from those who have navigated through a tumultuous year in America.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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City Penguin

Confined to their hot apartment, two sisters fantasize about the possible adventures of their lost toy penguin in the outside world.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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Club Quarantine

Every night during the Covid-19 lockdown, hundreds of people from around the world gather in a massive queer dance party known as "Club Quarantine."

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short and Best LGBT+ Short.
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Cockpera

A pair of boisterous roosters compete for the affections of a voluptuous hen in this short opera inspired by Aesop's fable "The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle."

In competition for Best Student Animated Short.
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Cocoon Love

After being sent to live with her grandparents, a teenage girl begins a budding friendship with a classmate that risks reopening the wounds of her past.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under and Best LGBT+ Short.
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Colorful

When Will, a young inventor, learns that dogs are colorblind, he decides to invent special glasses to present colors to his dog, Norman.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Congratulations

It's Eid. At a chaotic party, with politics in the air and the men and women separated, two acquaintances share a secret.

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