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.


Free Flow

Zak, an Iranian immigrant working as a deep-sea diver in France, finds his livelihood threatened after he catches Keivan, another Iranian immigrant, attempting to take advantage of Zak's privileged access to the docks on his way to England.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Bridging the Borders Award.
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Freya

Jade considers FREYA (her Federally Regulated Enquiry and Yield Assistant) a friend. But when a one-night stand doesn’t go as planned, Jade is forced to question FREYA and the system she represents.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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Friend of a Friend

After being sexually assualted, a young man befriends his own attacker while confronting his past and the ambiguities of sexuality.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Animated Short.
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From Devil's Breath

The devastating 2017 wildfires in Portugal claimed 120 lives and darkened the skies across Europe, but a community of survivors refused to be broken, fighting to ensure that this tragedy wouldn't happen again. A world-changing discovery that ignites a global revolution in humanity’s fight against climate change.

In competition for Local Jury Award.
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The Game

A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. All eyes are on him. Now he has to decide and direct the energy of an entire stadium.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Ghost Dogs

A family’s new rescue pup is terrorized by deceased pets in this mind-bending tale of horror.

In competition for Best Midnight Short and Best Animated Short.
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The Girl Who Comes on Thursdays

Reclusive Aurora's quiet daily routine gets shaken up at the arrival of her new caregiver.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.
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The Girls Who Burned the Night

While helping their mother prepare for a party, a denied request brings two young Saudi sisters to their boiling point.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes, and Best Student International Short.
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Girl With a Thermal Gun

During the pandemic, a grocery delivery man is busier than ever. He receives orders, fills shopping carts, and delivers packages. He navigates strange streets and knocks on unfamiliar doors. As he grows tired, a feeling of loneliness washes over him and he begins to feel defeated—until he suddenly finds a thermal gun pressed to his forehead.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.
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God's Daughter Dances

Shin-mi, a vivacious trans dancer, enlists in military service. On the day of her examination, with all eyes on her, she defiantly enters a new kind of limelight.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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The Goldfish

An adopted woman is forced to confront her darkest fear about motherhood at her sister’s baby shower.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Good German Work

In a dreary rural village, two craftspeople, Uli and Didi, find themselves in the strangely comic position of having to make WWII-era Nazi paraphernalia for a film production shooting in the German countryside.

In competition for Best Student International Short and Best Comedy Short.
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Good Grief

On a road trip to scatter dad’s ashes, Nora’s family does a substandard job of paying their respects.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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Good Night Little Tomato

In a peaceful kitchen garden, the mother of a small tomato defuses a nocturnal fright by telling of the terrible fate of a knife.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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The Gospel According to Gail

At 17, all Mia wants is to live life in the fast lane, but learning to drive with Gail is so much more than a driving lesson. It's a life lesson.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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Growing Fangs

Val García, a Mexican-American teen who is half human/half vampire, has had to keep her identity a secret from both worlds. But when her human best friend shows up at her monster-infested school, she has to confront her truth, her identity, and herself.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Heart of Gold

Who wouldn't give their all for a child? A mother sees an opportunity to escape the hardships of a life of poverty by selling her organs to an ill and wealthy elderly neighbor. Little by little, she hands over her own flesh in exchange for gold.

In competition for Best Midnight Short and Best Animated Short.
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Heaven Reaches Down to Earth

After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo. Nothing will ever be the same between them.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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Hector's Woman

In 2018, a year after the landfall of Hurricane María, a young mother attempts to find herself as she wrestles with her responsibilities to her daughter and incarcerated husband.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Student U.S. Short.
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Her Dance

Estranged from her family, Aya shows up uninvited to her sister's wedding Shabbat night. Her presence threatenes to reveal family secrets and lies.

In competition for Best Student International Short and Best LGBT+ Short.
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2021 ShortFest