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.


The Lord’s Day

To get over his Sunday boredom, young Atikamekw spends time with friends, reminiscing about his dogs.

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short.
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Lost and Found

In the Swiss countryside, a group of locals volunteer to search for a missing woman. During the search, the bonds of the small society are tightened as each finds their place in the community.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Best Student International Short.
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Lost Kings

Searching for food, a boy breaks into a neighborhood home. But when the homeowners return, he becomes trapped inside.

In competition for Young Cineastes Award.
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Love Hurts

When Sam, a shy teenage girl, meets Troy, a boy whose "superpower" is not feeling pain or fear, they share an instant and passionate connection. How far will she lose herself in his world of street fighting for love... and is she even losing herself?

In competition for Best International Short.
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Love Is Just a Death Away

Amid the debris of a perilous landfill, hopeful creatures yearn for an amorous connection.

In competition for Best Student Animated Short and Best Animated Short.
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Maalbeek

A survivor of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March, 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing pieces of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Documentary Short.
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Macabre Night

During a nighttime transfer, maximum security inmates escape and head for a small town. The authorities call on citizens to assist in the capture of the fugitives—by any means necessary—offering a large cash reward. Amid the chaos that ensues, a young couple in crisis tries to stay alive.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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Make Him Known

Over the course of more than a decade, four-time WNBA champion and Olympic Gold medalist Maya Moore and her family fought for the release of a wrongfully convicted man named Jonathan Irons. Moore embarks on a road trip to bring home the man who, after 23 years behind bars, has not only become a part of her family, but has also strengthened her faith and inspired her pursuit of criminal justice reform.

In competition for Local Jury Award.
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Masterclass

A group of drama school students eagerly awaits their masterclass from a prolific West End star. But just how far will she go to get the results she wants for her art—and who will she destroy along the way?

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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Marvin's Never Had Coffee Before

Marvin Wexler has his first cup of coffee ever and desperately wants to talk to someone about it.

In competition for Best Comedy Short.
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Menarca

In a Brazilian village infested with piranhas, Nanã and Mel are fast growing into adolescence as they dream of ways of protecting themselves against a seemingly inescapable violence. When a mysterious body appears tangled in a fisherman's net, the two girls begin to learn what might be their ultimate protection.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.
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Misery Loves Company

One night, Seolgi is lying on a grass field with friends. A shooting star falls, and dark and intrusive thoughts hit her. Her melancholy blooms into bright and colorful “flower people,” dancing around wishing for a meteorite to end the world.

In competition for Best Student Animated Short and Best Animated Short.
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Max Is Bleeding

Courtney is on the way to the vet with her boyfriend and injured dog Max, but something’s wrong. Her strange demeanor raises the question: is Max the only one who needs help?

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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Mission: Hebron

In Israel, soldiers are recruited at the age of 18. Only a couple of months later, they are tasked with policing Palestinian civil life. Their missions can include breaking into family homes, enforcing lockdowns, or arresting children. Six ex-soldiers face the camera to share their experience in Hebron, the most unstable city in the West Bank.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.
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Midwife Man

When Julien takes up duties at a maternal childcare center, he quickly realizes he is unprepared.

In competition for Best International Short.
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Millennial Prince

A manatee named Jade shares a romantic spaghetti dinner with her boyfriend Cheshire who is distracted by Tinder notifications. In the middle of the night, Cheshire sneaks out to meet with a match. After a blue fox reveals Cheshire's infidelity, Jade's animal friends attempt to protect her heart.

In competition for Best Comedy Short and Best U.S. Short.
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Monsters Never Know

Mongolians call people who don’t respect life and nature "monsters." A father drags his monster son to temple to save his spirit and get healed.

In competition for Best Student International Short.
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My Own Mecca

Oakland born Dre must alter who he is to safely navigate the world around him.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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The Mohel

After celebrating the birth of their first son, James and his converted Jewish wife Lola fly a mohel out to perform the circumcision. Family expectations and financial strain force James to confront the transactional nature of religion, and the realities of maintaining old traditions in a modern world.

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

A Civil War-obsessed teen struggles to keep a new friend at school.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.
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2021 ShortFest