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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.