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.


Jean

A woman's crumbling relationship bleeds into her work day.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Joychild

A young child tells their mother "I'm not a girl" for the first time.

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short and Young Cineastes Award.
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Junior

An acclaimed Haitian musician struggles to keep the beat of his passion alive.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Just Hold On

Mutton Bustin’ champion, 7-year-old Marlie McDonald was born with an agresive brain tumor and spent her first few years in hospitals. A true symbol of resilience and vigor, fearless Marlie is today in long-term survival care and insists on riding sheep in her free time.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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La Virgen, La Vieja, El Viaje

Rocío is a Colombian immigrant living in New York away from her family. While working, she must rely on technology to say farewell to her grandmother from a distance.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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La espera

A remote piece of no-man´s land exists in a dusty, barren area between a railway line and a highway. Hushed and anxious, a caravan of people, each with their own quiet story, sit among the flaring campfires awaiting an uncertain destiny as they plan to cross the U.S. border.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Landing Point

Following a break up, a woman navigates the streets of Hong Kong in pursuit of stability and an affordable place to live.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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The Last Marriage

A comedy about how meager everyday life continues even after the zombie apocalypse.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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Learning Tagalog With Kayla

In this lesson, Kayla teaches you conversational phrases, common expressions, and much, much more in Tagalog.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Lemongrass Girl

Thai superstition and mythology converge on the set of a film shoot.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.
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Let My Body Speak

A filmmaker reconstructs the pain of the past absorbed by her body.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Lighting Tests

Malky, a struggling actor, has agreed to help Tom, a director he used to know, with some lighting tests for his new project. He thinks that it’ll be a good opportunity to show the director what he’s capable of, but is it?

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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The Lights Are On, No One's Home

A woman wanders a maze of gentrified streets and the last memories of her time there as she searches for her childhood home.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short and Best LGBT+ Short.
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Like Flying

A young Chinese-American girl navigating her childhood through her parents' broken relationship is surprised by an unexpected visitor.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.
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Like the Ones I Used to Know

December 24, 1983, 10:50 p.m.: Julie and her cousins have eaten too much sugar, Santa Claus is late and Denis, alone in his car, is anxious at the idea of setting foot in his ex-in-laws' house to pick up his children.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award.
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Little Bear

When Little Bear starts sleepwalking, she decides to find out where her sleep takes her.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Young Cineastes Award.
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The Little Prince(ss)

When Gabriel, a 7-year-old Chinese kid who loves ballet, becomes friends with Rob, another Chinese kid from school, Rob’s dad gets suspicious about Gabriel's “feminine” behavior and decides to intervene.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.
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Lizard

After being ejected from Sunday school, an 8-year-old girl with an ability to sense danger witnesses the underbelly in and around a mega church in Lagos.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award.
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Lonely Blue Night

An awkward family reunion at a business dinner leads a Chinese mother to realize the consequences of leaving her daughter in the care of an American homestay family.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.
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The Long Goodbye

A sobering and powerful watch, The Long Goodbye imagines a dystopian near future and sees Riz unpack his feelings towards his country.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under.
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2021 ShortFest