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.


A Holiday From Mourning

In an attempt to flee the grief of a recent tragedy, a teenage girl sojourns to a Portuguese party town. But the faster she runs, the quicker her past catches up to her.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.
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Home to You

Over the course of three days, deep in the forest alongside his family of lumberjacks, Charlie is determined to prove himself, whatever it takes.

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

During the coronavirus lockdown in the U.S., an immigrant couple from South Korea struggles to define where home is.

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

Guillaume murders Horacio “because he was shouting too loud.” At his trial, the vacuity of the motive is disconcerting. During his 10-year sentence, he gradually forgets this story, which had convinced no one. When he gets out, someone starts shouting again…

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Animated Short.
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Howling

Together with her mother and her half-sister, nine-year-old Bo moves to the countryside. Slightly bored in the new environment of fields and farms, the sisters look forward to the weekend when their fathers come to pick them up. Bo's father, however, doesn’t show up time and time again.

In competition for Best International Short.
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I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face

After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Young Cineastes Award.
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I Really Love This Piece

Everyone has a transcendental experience with this art installation, except for one man, who loses his mind trying to understand it.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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I, Barnabé

Confronted with feelings of emptiness and seeking to drown his sorrow in a bottle, Barnabé experiences a curious metaphysical visitation—lightning strikes the spire of his church and a mysterious bird appears, forcing him to reconsider his life.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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I'm Here

An elderly woman lies paralyzed and bedridden while, within earshot, her family struggles to agree on the best way to take care of her.

In competition for Best Student Animated Short and Best Animated Short.
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I’m Not Telling You Anything, Just Sayin

While at home for a weekend job, Zrinka notices something strange about her mother's behavior. To get to the bottom of what's troubling her, Zrinka decides to invite her along.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Ieva

Inside a lab, a robot is created. Like a newborn, it analyses its surroundings with the primitive senses and limited knowledge it has. While exploring such fundamental concepts as distance, weight, light and size, the robot tries to perform basic physical tasks that would resemble natural human motion.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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If Found

Lydia is a lonely dog-obsessed girl with bad boundaries. When she meets June, a lonely honey-colored mutt tied up to a fence, it’s love at first sight, and Lydia steals her. The two have a blissful romp on the beach, but soon Lydia learns that while her heart has space for June, her life may not.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Immaculate Virtual

Immaculate Virtual (Lebenohnewelt) is a film essay contemplating the nature of reality, the body, and intimacy in the complicated space where technology and humanity blend.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Imperial

At dawn, a cannon shatters the silence. The horses gallop across the beaten ground. Eva, 21, wants to join the Imperial Horse Guards, a historical reenactment of a Napoleonic regiment reserved for men.

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short.
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In the Air Tonight

A hallucinatory visual odyssey through 1980s Los Angeles accompanies an urban legend about Phil Collins' hit single.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under and Best Midnight Short.
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Inheritance

A Black family in rural Vermont attempts to live a life of solitude and cope with the ghosts living on their property.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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The Interview

For incarcerated people serving life sentences in the state of New York, the parole board is their only hope of release. But how do you convince a group of strangers that you are more than the worst thing you ever did?

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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It’s Alright

In a secret spot next to a river, two middle-aged people are on a date where nothing goes to plan.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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It's All the Salt's Fault

While narrating the stories behind her family photos, the youngest daughter in a family of sloths reveals the truths behind the images.

In competition for Best Animated Short.
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Itch

Eleven-year-old Omer braves one last attempt to unify her family.

In competition for Best International Short.
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2021 ShortFest