Shorts

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Animation Spotlight

The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife, and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to...

Documentary Shorts Program 1

The Symphony for a Broken Orchestra project collected hundreds of broken instruments from the Philadelphia public school system, fixed...

Documentary Shorts Program 2

A ship berthed at Gadani and the ship-breakers coming from all over Pakistan to break it discover that they...

Midnight Shorts Program

A devout woman’s lust for virtue thrusts her family into a sacrificial slaughter of biblical proportions. A day...

New Frontier Shorts Program

Focusing on the exercise by women of their right to bare their breasts in public, this film is an...

Shorts Preceding Features

A collage of an American poem, exploring the universality of womanhood. A band of juveniles embarks on a 24-hour...

Shorts Program 1

A single mother struggles to connect with her adopted teenage son, who she believes is gay. A goose...

Shorts Program 2

On an ordinary day at work, Paola starts to feel that she is missing out on something exciting in...

Shorts Program 3

After seeing a boy she likes before church, Amber sneaks out to the Sunday school bathroom during the service...

Shorts Program 4

Wanting a fresh start, Lauren moves into a house with her daughter and new boyfriend—but the spirits of the...

Shorts Program 5

After a woman escapes the captivity of her abusive family, a magazine invites her to a journalistic experiment: to...

Shorts A-Z

Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa

At a Philadelphia abortion helpline, counselors answer nonstop calls from women who seek to end pregnancies but can’t afford to....
Directors Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Mike Attie

All That Perishes at the Edge of Land

A ship berthed at Gadani and the ship-breakers coming from all over Pakistan to break it discover that they might...
Director Hira Nabi
Screenwriters Hira Nabi, Qurratulain Hyder

A Love Song for Latasha

A dreamlike archive in conversation with the past and the present to reimagine a more nuanced narrative of Latasha Harlins...
Director Sophia Nahli Allison

Arabian Alien

Saad, a married Muslim man, gets over his depression after a space alien is introduced into his life. 2019 ...
Director Meshal Aljaser
Screenwriter Meshal Aljaser

Are You Hungry?

A single mother struggles to connect with her adopted teenage son, who she believes is gay. 2019 Shorts Programs...
Director Teemu Niukkanen
Screenwriter Antti Toivonen

A Thousand Sails

Ren promises to keep a secret for her neighbor's son—a secret she can share with no one on the island....
Director Hing Weng Eric Tsang
Screenwriter Hing Weng Eric Tsang

Backpedal

A collage of an American poem, exploring the universality of womanhood. Three interwoven stories of youths navigating identity, first love,...
Director Dani Pearce
Screenwriter Dani Pearce

Bad Hair

Insecure and balding Leo has decided to try mysterious hair-growth liquid to fix his looks. It causes a series of...
Director Oskar Lehemaa
Screenwriter Oskar Lehemaa

Baldwin Beauty

Farrah, new to Los Angeles, goes on the mobile styling app Get Glam to find new clients. When she arrives...
Director Thembi Banks
Screenwriter Thembi Banks

Benevolent Ba

A devout woman’s lust for virtue thrusts her family into a sacrificial slaughter of biblical proportions. 2019 Shorts Programs...
Director Diffan Sina Norman
Screenwriter Diffan Sina Norman

Bereka

A family history archive as told by matriarch Azalu Mekonnen and her granddaughter Samira Hooks. Shot on Super 8 film...
Director Nesanet Teshager Abegaze
Screenwriter Nesanet Teshager Abegaze

Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business

There’s no stopping the legendary artist Betye Saar, even at age 93. 2019 Shorts Programs U.S.A. 8...
Director Christine Turner

Blocks

An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit plastic toy blocks. 2019 ...
Director Bridget Moloney
Screenwriter Bridget Moloney

Broken Orchestra

The Symphony for a Broken Orchestra project collected hundreds of broken instruments from the Philadelphia public school system, fixed them,...
Director Charlie Tyrell

Buck

Caught in the throes of a depressive fugue, young Lynn resorts to debauchery to find joy—only to discover that happiness...
Directors Elegance Bratton, Jovan James
Screenwriters Elegance Bratton, Jovan James

Character

Actor Mark Metcalf made his reputation in Hollywood playing aggrieved authority figures. Now in his 70s, he takes a look...
Director Vera Brunner-Sung

Church and the Fourth Estate

A reporter uncovers a file that reveals a shocking series of child-abuse allegations in Idaho's Boy Scouts, which rattle the...
Director Brian Knappenberger

Danny's Girl

Danny meets his online girlfriend for the first time, but he accidentally discovers her unspeakable possession, which throws their first...
Director Emily Wilson
Screenwriter Emily Wilson

Daughter

Should you hide your pain, close yourself inside your inner world, and long for your father’s love? Or should you...
Director Daria Kashcheeva
Screenwriter Daria Kashcheeva

Daytime Noir

A mother and son’s journey through the exploitative world of tabloid TV. 2019 Shorts Programs U.S.A. 8...
Director Jeron Braxton
Screenwriters Jeron Braxton, Jay Ellis, Antonio Maclin

Día de la Madre

A band of juveniles embarks on a 24-hour spree of breaking into houses and causing a ruckus. When a family...
Directors Ashley Brandon, Dennis Höhne

Dirty

Marco cuts class to spend the afternoon with his boyfriend, Graham. Things do not go as planned. 2019 Shorts...
Director Matthew Puccini
Screenwriter Matthew Puccini

Do Not Split

The story of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, told through a series of demonstrations by local protestors that escalate into...
Director Anders Hammer

eadem cutis: the same skin

“I just want to be seen as who I am today!” John shares his thoughts on identity, body, and gender...
Director Nina Hopf

Eli

A true story from the realms of high strangeness, magical thinking, and manic delusion. 2019 Shorts Programs U.S.A....
Director Nate Milton
Screenwriter Nate Milton

E-Ticket

A frantic (re)cataloguing of a personal archive and 16,000 splices in the making. Obsessively arranging 35 mm frames in evolving...
Director Simon Liu

Exam

A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a package of cocaine to its client and gets...
Director Sonia K. Hadad
Screenwriters Sonia K. Hadad, Farnoosh Samadi

Farce

A man, a woman, and a meat grinder. Love is messy. 2019 Shorts Programs Norway 11 min...
Director Robin Jensen
Screenwriter Robin Jensen

Former Cult Member Hears Music For The First Time

After a woman escapes the captivity of her abusive family, a magazine invites her to a journalistic experiment: to hear...
Director Kristoffer Borgli
Screenwriter Kristoffer Borgli

Guisado on Sunset

Missed-connection regret at that one late-night spot—the kind you keep playing back in your head but not quite ever remembering...
Director Terence Nance
Screenwriter Terence Nance

He's the One

Girl meets guy and falls head over heels, but a shocking discovery forces her to question everything. A dark comedy...
Director Jessie Kahnweiler
Screenwriter Jessie Kahnweiler

Hot Flash

Ace is having a hot flash, and she’s about to go live on local television. How one woman tries to...
Director Thea Hollatz
Screenwriter Thea Hollatz

How Did We Get Here?

A visual exploration of progressive atrophy. A study in how microscopic changes can go unnoticed but amass over time. Even...
Director Michelle Miles

Hudson Geese

A goose remembers his last migration. 2019 Shorts Programs U.S.A. 6 min (954) 801-8963
Director Bernardo Britto
Screenwriter Bernardo Britto

I'll End Up in Jail

A stay-at-home mom gets into a murderous car crash where nobody wants to take the blame. 2019 Shorts Programs...
Director Alexandre Dostie
Screenwriter Alexandre Dostie

Inès

Inès is facing a difficult choice. Tonight, she thinks about the decision she will make. 2019 Shorts Programs ...
Director Élodie Dermange
Screenwriter Élodie Dermange

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

John Shepherd spent 30 years trying to contact extraterrestrials by broadcasting music millions of miles into space. After giving...
Director Matthew Killip

Junior Bangers

In England, banger racing isn’t just a sport—it’s a way of life. Join 11-year-olds Finn and Harley on a cold...
Director Danny Lee

Lance (in a Neck Brace)

After a devastating breakup, Lance listens to instructional cassette tapes on how to heal his broken heart. 2019 Shorts...
Director Chloé Aktas
Screenwriter Chloé Aktas

Leave of Absence

In Russia, suppressed masculinity has led to a feeling of unfulfillment as men feel that the country rejects them, leading...
Director Anton Sazonov
Screenwriter Anton Sazonov

Lichen

An otherworldly deep dive into the hidden beauty of lichens, asking what we might learn from them. Ancient and diverse,...
Director Lisa Jackson
Screenwriter Lisa Jackson

Little Chief

The lives of a Native woman and a troubled young boy intersect over the course of a school day on...
Director Erica Tremblay
Screenwriter Erica Tremblay

Meats

A pregnant vegan struggles with her newfound craving for meat. 2019 Shorts Programs U.S.A. 10 min ...
Director Ashley Williams
Screenwriter Ashley Williams

Meridian

Footage transmitted by the last unit in a fleet of autonomous machines sent to deliver an emergency vaccine. The film...
Director Calum Walter
Screenwriter Calum Walter

My Juke-Box

Yesterday, I overheard an old rock ’n’ roll song that sounded familiar. This is probably the music that we used...
Director Florentine Grelier
Screenwriter Florentine Grelier

Narcissister Breast Work

Focusing on the exercise by women of their right to bare their breasts in public, this film is an investigation...
Director Narcissister

No, I Don't Want to Dance!

In these dark times, you may think that every hazard has been identified, but nobody has taken into consideration how...
Director Andrea Vinciguerra
Screenwriter Andrea Vinciguerra

No One is Crazy in This Town

The owner of a big hotel orders Marwan and his team to remove mentally ill people from the city streets...
Director Wregas Bhanuteja
Screenwriters Wregas Bhanuteja, Henricus Pria

Now Is the Time

On the 50th anniversary of the first new totem-pole raising in almost a century on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii, we...
Director Christopher Auchter
Screenwriter Christopher Auchter

Olla

Olla has answered an ad on a dating website for Eastern European women. She moves in with Pierre, who lives...
Director Ariane Labed
Screenwriter Ariane Labed

Paola Makes A Wish

On an ordinary day at work, Paola starts to feel that she is missing out on something exciting in her...
Director Zhannat Alshanova
Screenwriter Zhannat Alshanova

Pattaki

In the dense night, when the moon rises, those who live a monotonous daily life without water are hypnotized by...
Director Everlane Moraes
Screenwriter Tatiana Monge Herrera

Pillars

After seeing a boy she likes before church, Amber sneaks out to the Sunday school bathroom during the service and...
Director Haley Elizabeth Anderson
Screenwriter Haley Elizabeth Anderson

Place

Wanting a fresh start, Lauren moves into a house with her daughter and new boyfriend—but the spirits of the house...
Director Jason Gudasz
Screenwriter Jason Gudasz

Regret

After the death of his father, a man must survive the manifestations of his inner demons over the course of...
Director Santiago Menghini
Screenwriter Santiago Menghini

Sadla

When Nathi goes on a simple errand, his journey is marked by disturbing interactions with authority. But is he an...
Director Zamo Mkhwanazi
Screenwriter Zamo Mkhwanazi

See You Next Time

A window into the intimate moments shared across a nail-salon table between a Chinese nail artist and her black client...
Director Crystal Kayiza

-Ship: A Visual Poem

A black boy learns contradicting lessons of manhood and masculinity on the day of his cousin’s funeral. 2019 Shorts...
Director Terrance Daye
Screenwriter Terrance Daye

Sh_t Happens

The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife, and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd...
Directors Michaela Mihalyi, David Štumpf
Screenwriters Michaela Mihalyi, David Štumpf

Slug Life

A day in the life of Tanya, a curious woman who has developed a taste for nonhuman lovers. Her next...
Director Sophie Koko Gate
Screenwriter Sophie Koko Gate

Song of Clouds

A haunting visual fever dream and a meditation on the afterlife—the journey to the next world and what gets left...
Director Ankit Poudel
Screenwriter Ankit Poudel

So What If the Goats Die

Abdellah, a young shepherd living in the mountains, is forced to brave the snow blocking him in order to get...
Director Sofia Alaoui
Screenwriter Sofia Alaoui

Sticker

After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination to...
Director Georgi M. Unkovski
Screenwriter Georgi M. Unkovski

T

A film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual “T Ball,” where folks assemble to model RIP T-shirts and...
Director Keisha Rae Witherspoon
Screenwriter Keisha Rae Witherspoon

Takoyaki Story

Always attracted to takoyaki—octopus balls, a famous Japanese street food—a girl tries them for the first time and becomes addicted....
Director Sawako Kabuki
Screenwriter Sawako Kabuki

The Deepest Hole

While the space and arms races are Cold War common knowledge, few know about the United States and Soviet Union’s...
Director Matt McCormick

The Devil's Harmony

A bullied teenage girl leads an a cappella club on a trail of destruction against her high school enemies....
Director Dylan Holmes Williams
Screenwriters Dylan Holmes Williams, Jess O'Kane

The Shawl

After years of long distance, a pair of big and beautiful boyfriends celebrates their reunion at a Stevie Nicks concert,...
Director Sara Kiener

The Starr Sisters

Patte and Randa Starr are “fun specialists.” After overcoming a dark past, these sisters are inseparable. Now in their 70s,...
Directors Beth Einhorn, Bridey Elliott

Three Deaths

Three strangers confront death in a modern interpretation of a Tolstoy short story. 2019 Shorts Programs U.S.A. ...
Director Jay Dockendorf
Screenwriter Jay Dockendorf

Valerio's Day Out

A young jaguar goes on a killing spree when he escapes from his enclosure at a zoo. After he's...
Director Michael Arcos
Screenwriter Michael Arcos

While I'm Still Breathing (Tandis Que Je Respire Encore)

The blurred portrayal of a young woman as she moves through three steps of her sexuality. 2019 Shorts Programs...
Directors Laure Giappiconi, Elisa Monteil, La Fille Renne
Screenwriter Laure Giappiconi

Wong Ping's Fables 2

Wong Ping urinates twice before gently pressing your head down with his right foot, giving you a closer look at...
Director Wong Ping
Screenwriter Wong Ping

Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother

Deep in the forest, a hunter encounters a strange creature he cannot kill. 2019 Shorts Programs United Kingdom...
Director Stephen Irwin
Screenwriter Stephen Irwin