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.


Eighteen

Nick is a foster child who faces a life-changing decision. He turns 18 next week. Will he give his mother another chance?

In competition for Young Cineastes Award.
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Eine Schokoladen Lampe

A risk-averse man gets a great opportunity to invest other people's money in a profitable business.

In competition for Best Student International Short and Best Comedy Short.
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El Clásico

The tumultuous journey of two friends on their way to a soccer stadium hands them a new perspective of their friendship, their morals and Mexico City.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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El Fantasma

In the fall of 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald travels to Mexico City in pursuit of a visa to the Soviet Union. At the Cuban Consulate, he meets a woman, Silvia Duran, who might be the key to getting what he wants. Based on real events.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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Endless Video

A group of well intentioned but hopelessly flawed film enthusiasts struggle to save their beloved video store from extinction.

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

As Michael (Himesh Patel) seeks novel ways to halt his spiralling depression, a moment of hope arrives via an unexpected source.

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

As the summer after high school graduation winds down, Gabe's cousins have one last chance to tie him down in Illinois, forcing Gabe to decide what’s more important: his family or his future?

In competition for Young Cineastes Award.
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Everything ALL AT ONCE

After 16 years of living fully, Billie has rejected the mainstream use of "electrophobes," devices her peers use to combat their negative emotions. When a fire threatens her town, and warnings and reports begin to invade her life, she is forced to reconsider her stance. How much negativity can she take?

In competition for Best International Short.
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Exposed

A young boy taking pictures in the city gets a glimpse into an adult world.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss

Vangie, a miserable contractual saleswoman, is about to lose her job. In her desperate attempt to convince her boss not to sack her, she uncovers the ultimate jaw-dropping secret to regularization.

In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best Midnight Short.
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F1-100

Art, animation, archival footage and digital video are interwoven in this transnational meditation through time and space of an international art student carrying a heavy burden.

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short, Best LGBT+ Short, and Young Cineastes Award.
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Faraway

After being estranged from his family because of his homosexuality, we observe a young Arab man over four seasons as he navigates his solitude--all the while attempting to reconnect with his mother.

In competition for Bridging the Borders Award and Best Documentary Short.
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Ferrotipos

A model shoots with a recognized photographer. He wants to make a work about the vulnerability of women and proposes she pose topless.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Fervor

During a hot summer in a small beach town in Chile, Tomás experiences the fear and joy of burgeoning first love with Benjamín, a boy from a wealthy family.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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Flex

While reflecting on his sculpted physique, a bodybuilder's self-image begins to splinter.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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Flex

Charles explores the gray areas of his own sexuality after going through an unexpected breakup.

In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best LGBT+ Short.
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Forgive Us

After years of estrangement, an embittered young man uncovers sinister threats when returning home for Christmas with his boyfriend.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short and Best Midnight Short.
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Four Cups of Coffee or Three

A woman's body undergoes a strange transformation, which she finds difficult to grasp.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under and Best Midnight Short.
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Fourth of July

A young mother struggles to parent her two rambunctious boys over the course of one hot summer day.

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

An imaginative young girl in Montreal retreats to rooftop conversations with her Sengalese grandfather, as she reflects on grief and memory for the first time.

In competition for Bridging the Borders Award.
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2021 ShortFest