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Altered States   

Altered States
93 min.
Change is good… but not all change is welcomed by the protagonists in this selection of slightly skewed tales about turning points and transformations.... more



Animal Attraction.   

Animal Attraction.
87 min.
We humans have an affinity for animals, whether they be pets or prey. Join us for a journey through the animal kingdom, as we explore the short film world of lions and tigers and bears, oh my!... more



Art Attack!   

Art Attack!
80 min.
Art manifests itself in many ways, but has one constant: it always engages the senses, the intellect and the emotions. This collection of delightful short films revolving around art and artists is a provocative and lively exploration of the world of art in action.... more



Award-Winning Documentaries   

Award-Winning Documentaries
81 min.
Each of the engaging documentaries in this riveting package of shorts has won a major award at a recent important festival or competition, and for good reason: each tells a story that will fascinate, provoke and enthrall. Come see why the documentary art form has taken the world of film by storm in ... more



Breaking Through the Barriers   

Breaking Through the Barriers
90 min.
Some people let things hold them back, while others cast aside their shackles and triumph over the obstacles and infirmities that stand in their way. Take inspiration from the heroes and heroines of these eight stories, each of whom finds a way to overcome the ties that bind.... more



Closing Night Awards Program & Party   

Closing Night Awards Program & Party
120 min.
Join us at the Closing Night wrap event for the 2011 ShortFest, where you'll be among the first to enjoy screenings of the Audience and Jury Award winners from this year's Festival, along with a very special screening of a terrific new documentary short focusing on the work of artists from around th... more



Coming Out   

Coming Out
90 min.
The light and freedom outside of the closet beckons for each of the protagonists in this selection of gay shorts about taking those first steps toward acknowledging you’re a gay man.... more



Communication Breakdown   

Communication Breakdown
94 min.
Talk is cheap… until you’re not communicating, at which point any verbal or written interaction at all is better than the alternative. Each of the shorts in this terrific collection of talking tales revolves around the lengths people will go to in order to ensure they are getting their message acros... more



Crossing Over   

Crossing Over
85 min.
Each time a border is crossed there’s a metaphorical crossing over as well – from one way of life to another, from the past to the future or from an old point of view to a new one. Some times this change works out for the better, and some times it’s just… a change.... more



Depth Perceptions   

Depth Perceptions
93 min.
Our world view is totally dependent on how we perceive the people and places around us, and this fascinating collection of shorts explores the ways in which our prejudices and passions inform those perceptions. ... more



Dreams and Desires   

Dreams and Desires
95 min.
We all have dreams we aspire to achieve and desires we yearn to fulfill. Each of the protagonists in this collection of dazzling shorts pursues their own quest to achieve the object of their dreams, for better or for worse.... more



Extraordinary People   

Extraordinary People
94 min.
Five remarkable films about equally remarkable people form the basis for this inspirational package of true-life tales. ... more



Family Functions?   

Family Functions?
89 min.
Each of the families captured in these six striking shorts is very different from the others, but their interactions share one thing in common: each deals with a momentous occasion in a way that defines them as a family. ... more



The Family Way   

The Family Way
97 min.
We’re guessing that the ‘warm and fuzzy’ notion of nuclear family is not the way most people have experienced family life, but just in case it was for you, here’s some different ways of looking at things…... more



Fantastic Animation   

Fantastic Animation
88 min.
These fabulous animated shorts display the best contemporary short film animation from around the world in a wide range of styles, mediums and genres.... more



First Love   

First Love
88 min.
There’s no love more intense than the first time you fall in love. These six tales of raging, original romance show just why first love is such a formidable experience for so many people.... more



Future Shock   

Future Shock
96 min.
Seven shorts set in seven different visions of a future world – some utopian and others dystopian – each of them far removed from the world we’ve come to know. ... more



Gay-La! Hers: Les Girls   

Gay-La! Hers: Les Girls
92 min.
The pursuit of happiness in all its manifold guises gets the spotlight in this terrific package of shorts dealing with la vida lesbo.... more



Gay-La! His: Pushing the Homosexual Agenda   

Gay-La! His: Pushing the Homosexual Agenda
86 min.
For all the homophobes who think that there’s some kind of unified gay plot to take over the world, here’s a selection of diverse short stories that illustrate how gay men are too busy dealing with life to bother with hatching a unified conspiracy. Oh – and a hamster is thrown into the mix for good ... more



Girls' Night Out   

Girls' Night Out
92 min.
A deliciously disparate collection of short films about girls who want to be with the girls, spanning the globe from Japan to Spain and from Chile to Ireland. ... more



Head Over Heels   

Head Over Heels
86 min.
Ever been head over heels in love? How about crazy in love? Up to your ears in love? Besotted with love? There’s no better feeling than the full first flush of love, except when things don’t work out quite the way you’d hoped…... more



Identity Crisis   

Identity Crisis
88 min.
I think, therefore I am… but sometimes the most important question is what am I? These seven alternately amusing and provocative shorts address issues of identity. ... more



Idiot’s Delight   

Idiot’s Delight
95 min.
While most of us do the occasional idiotic thing, the protagonists in this selection of laugh-out-loud comedic shorts can’t seem to get anything right. ... more



L’Amour Fou   

L’Amour Fou
97 min.
Mad love is the topic of this alternately amusing and engrossing series of shorts dealing with people who may have just a little too much emotion invested in their romantic pursuits. ... more



Local Sightings   

Local Sightings
88 min.
A grab bag of great locally made shorts with nothing in common except the talent that binds their Coachella Valley-based filmmakers.... more



Lust and Longing   

Lust and Longing
97 min.
Romantic or sexual yearning fuels these seven shorts revolving around characters who are trying to make a connection in a world that could use a little more linkage.... more



Memories are Made of This   

Memories are Made of This
93 min.
A grab bag of great locally made shorts with nothing in common except the talent that binds their Coachella Valley-based filmmakers.... more



MidEastern Magic   

MidEastern Magic
97 min.
A visit to six Middle Eastern countries forms the basis for this exotic, endlessly engrossing package of six shorts that take us to a world we’ve never seen on screen quite like this. ... more



On The Job   

On The Job
93 min.
The working world gets the treatment in this surprising and surpassingly provocative package of shorts revolving around the topic of toil. ... more



Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh   

Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh
81 min.
A great selection of comedy shorts from around the world is highlighted in our 17th annual ShortFest kickoff, followed by a deliciously different Opening Night party at everybody’s favorite Palm Springs Asian eatery, Wang’s in the Desert. Join us for the grand opening of the biggest and best celebra... more



Parlez Vous Palm Springs? Best of the French Language Shorts   

Parlez Vous Palm Springs? Best of the French Language Shorts
86 min.
This deliciously diverse selection of shorts from the talented filmmakers in French- speaking locales, including Quebec, Switzerland, Belgium and France, puts the ooh! in the ooh la la!... more



Performance Anxiety   

Performance Anxiety
88 min.
Whether you’re an actor, an athlete or an artist of any kind, it’s all about the performance in the end. This selection of films about performers put to the test illustrates the ways in which those blessed with talent carry the curse of having to perform in public. ... more



Pride: The Past and The Present   

Pride: The Past and The Present
82 min.
Gay life is infinitely more varied than its portrayal in the popular media, and this selection of gay shorts addresses both the pride and the prejudice gay men have dealt with through the years.... more



The Promised Land   

The Promised Land
91 min.
Personal stories, ranging from those of a woman who shelters illegal residents from the immigration authorities to the stresses between an orthodox shop owner and his liberated wife form the basis for this selection of fascinating shorts about life in Eretz Yisrael. ... more



Queer as Folks   

Queer as Folks
89 min.
A great selection of queer shorts touching on subjects as diverse as Fire Island time share buddies, gay marriage, life in a massage mill, a strikingly liberated Scottish transvestite and parenthood further explore the range of gay experience.... more



Same Planet Different World   

Same Planet Different World
97 min.
Five fabulous stories set in five very different places on planet earth illustrate the ways in which life differs radically from one earthly setting to the next.... more



Seven Deadly Sins   

Seven Deadly Sins
98 min.
Greed, pride, anger, gluttony, sloth, envy and lust are the sins catalogued in this collection of amusing short stories revolving around the seven no-no’s of Cardinal Sin.... more



Shooting Stars   

Shooting Stars
87 min.
A fabulous selection of new short films featuring or made by some of the hottest stars in contemporary cinema, including Colin Firth, Selma Blaire, Jason Alexander, Keira Knightley, Rupert Friend, Kirsten Dunst, Jessica Chastain and many more.... more



Short Stories From Down Under   

Short Stories From Down Under
84 min.
A delicious assortment of the best new short films from Australia, featuring national and international prize winners, world premieres and this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition entry.... more



Sibling Stories   

Sibling Stories
95 min.
Brothers and sisters have the best relationship stories, sharing a common bond which makes them incredibly close knit even as they may feel wildly at odds. These sibling stories illustrate the ways in which those bonds manifest themselves.... more



Strangers in a Strange Land   

Strangers in a Strange Land
88 min.
Traveling to a foreign place is disorienting at the best of times, but for each of the characters embraced by this startling selection of short films, landing in a foreign land is the equivalent of a trip down the rabbit hole. ... more



Surprise!   

Surprise!
89 min.
Alternately hilarious and horrifying, these eight short stories make for a hugely entertaining package of films revolving around tales of the unexpected.... more



The Birds and the Bees ( and Other Assorted Life Forms)   

The Birds and the Bees ( and Other Assorted Life Forms)
88 min.
While the animal kingdom had its Noah, birds and bugs and fish and all manner of other living things are equally integral to the world we inhabit. Join us as we explore the world of the creepers and the crawlers, the slithering, the swimming and the soaring. ... more



Thriller! Horror! Suspense!   

Thriller! Horror! Suspense!
98 min.
This delicious selection of short stories is alternately scary, shocking, suspenseful and salacious. ... more



Transitions   

Transitions
86 min.
Change is inevitable, but when the time comes to deal with life changes, some of us cope better than others….... more



Trivia Pursuits   

Trivia Pursuits
90 min.
A beguiling cast of characters pursues a wide range of goals in this collection of tales revolving around quixotic quests. ... more



True Crime   

True Crime
84 min.
Guilt and innocence are largely a matter of perception to the protagonists in this provocative package of shorts revolving around assorted crimes and their perpetrators.... more



Twisted ‘Toons   

Twisted ‘Toons
99 min.
A wryly amusing collection of animated shorts which flirt with bizarre characters and Byzantine plots.... more



Twisted Tales   

Twisted Tales
85 min.
Eight short stories that arrive amusingly out of left field form the basis for this package of tales featuring odd characters and even odder activities.... more



Two's Too Much   

Two's Too Much
85 min.
When the wrong pair of people get together, one plus one equals a whole lot more than anyone bargained for…... more



Unexpected Connections   

Unexpected Connections
94 min.
Sometimes when we least expect it, life hands us a surprise… ... more



World of Wonder   

World of Wonder
81 min.
Four very different settings in disparate parts of the globe set the stage for an amazing selection of true-life tales that provide a revelatory view of our world.... more



Younger/Older   

Younger/Older
84 min.
Interaction between younger characters and older characters yields unpredictable results. Sometimes it’s like mixing oil and water, and sometimes, it strikes the perfect balance, like Yin and Yang. ... more



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