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After Hours   

After Hours
93 min.
Nighttime is the right time for these seven tales taking place in the dead of darkness, when the witching hour is upon us and things go ‘bump’ in the ...... more



Amazing Animation   

Amazing Animation
85 min.
Eight visually dazzling tales to tantalize your eyes and mind, covering a wide gamut of subject matter, from a fin du siècle painters’ muse to an Indian God to a young girl who collects all manner of trash and trivia. Truly amazing animation.... more



Animal Instincts   

Animal Instincts
92 min.
Few matches are more fitting than man and beast, but sometimes it’s hard to tell the two apart…... more



Artistic License   

Artistic License
87 min.
Movies are known as the 7th Art. Quick: can you name the other six? Here’s a refresher course to give you a head start.... more



Award-Winning Documentaries   

Award-Winning Documentaries
79 min.
By awarding these films top prizes at festivals worldwide, audiences and juries alike have agreed that these five films are among the most outstanding documentaries of the year. The range of topics and countries is wide, and the abilities of the filmmakers to bring these true stories to life is at ... more



A Bird in the Hand...   

A Bird in the Hand...
82 min.
Seven striking tales involving birds in one way or another seemed a natural fit for each other when it came to packaging the shorts we programmed this year – especially because in form and content, none of them could be more different from the others. Bird up!... more



Brief Encounters   

Brief Encounters
96 min.
Many of life’s most vivid experiences are the brief and unexpected encounters we share with complete strangers, and sometimes these moments change the course of our lives forever…... more



C'est si bon   

C'est si bon
87 min.
Six brilliant films that have one key thing in common: they’re all in the language of love, French. Indeed, they all revolve around love in one form or another, and while love comes in many guises, there’s no mistaking the emotion each of these tales involves or evokes. Apprécier! (Enjoy!)... more



Changing Lanes   

Changing Lanes
95 min.
Starts like this… ends like that… Sometimes you just have no idea where life is leading you - and sometimes you have no idea where life is leading you. Either way, it makes for a good ride and a great package of shorts.... more



Closing Night Awards - 2013   

Closing Night Awards - 2013
90 min.
This year’s audience and jury award-winners get the royal treatment, featuring award presentations and repeat screenings of the 2013 Festival's most crowd pleasing films at the Camelot Theatres, followed immediately by a fabulous wrap party at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort.... more



Conflict/Resolution   

Conflict/Resolution
95 min.
Sometimes we have to go to the wall before things get settled, and settled they get in this striking package of tales involving conflicts and the calm that comes after the storm.... more



Cons and Consequences   

Cons and Consequences
87 min.
Con artists come in all shapes and sizes, and their stories inevitably make for entertaining viewing, as is the case in this package of deliciously different short films all about the art of the con.... more



Crime Scenes   

Crime Scenes
94 min.
Location, location, location… It’s not just real estate that follows that dictum.... more



Crimes and Misdemeanors   

Crimes and Misdemeanors
87 min.
Five short stories that revolve around crimes, whether real or imagined, form the basis for this engrossing package of tales that may be set in vastly different worlds, but play with similar themes.... more



Face the Music   

Face the Music
84 min.
Shakespeare had it right: If music be the food of love, play on! This selection of films set against a musical backdrop is engrossing, amusing and enchanting in turns. You might want to turn up the volume!... more



Family Matters   

Family Matters
89 min.
A host of striking tales about family life, including two award winners from other major festivals, gets to the heart of the matter.... more



FantasyLand   

FantasyLand
85 min.
No, this isn’t Disneyland. These nine stories revolving around fantasy of one kind or another are definitely not kid stuff, though they will provoke a sense of wonder among all who see them.... more



Food for Thought   

Food for Thought
83 min.
Here’s a menu for you: Seven deliciously different tales that revolve, one way or another, around food and its preparation. And we promise you’ll leave the theatre hungry for more.... more



The Gay!La (Hers): LesbiaNation   

The Gay!La (Hers): LesbiaNation
83 min.
In these enthralling, girl-friendly stories, the search for perfection gets stuck somewhere between the fantasy and reality we manufacture, and manipulate, in our daily lives.... more



The Gay!La (His): Men on top   

The Gay!La (His): Men on top
82 min.
Provocative, funny, sexy, engrossing and silly; this year’s Gay!La selection of hot new short films runs the gamut, from soup to nuts, with just one common denominator: they’re all excellent. They’re guaranteed to get you talking, and the party that follows – this year at Hunter’s – is guaranteed t... more



Growing Up Gay   

Growing Up Gay
86 min.
It’s something every gay man goes through, even if they don’t come out until much later in life…... more



Horrors! Thrillers! Mysteries!   

Horrors! Thrillers! Mysteries!
89 min.
Just like the title implies, these hair raising tales will get your adrenaline flowing and leave you on the edge of your seat, ready or not.... more



Identity Crisis   

Identity Crisis
86 min.
Alternately amusing and astonishing, these eight engaging shorts show just what happens when the id and the ego are not operating in synch with the body.... more



Idiot's Delight   

Idiot's Delight
90 min.
While ‘dumb as a box of rocks’ may not apply equally to all of the assorted heroes and heroines in this very funny collection of shorts, we’d be hard pressed to come up with something more fitting…... more



It's All About Me   

It's All About Me
91 min.
Say a prayer for the self-obsessed – they’re the ones who truly know not what they do…... more



Kid Stuff   

Kid Stuff
73 min.
This super-engaging package of shorts for boys and girls from ages 6 – 12 will keep them entertained and enthralled – even as they learn something about the world we live in.... more



L'chaim! To Life!   

L'chaim! To Life!
81 min.
These four engrossing tales focusing on hot-button issues come from unexpected aspects of contemporary Jewish life.... more



Land(E)scapes   

Land(E)scapes
85 min.
Everything we see and do is informed by the space we occupy, and sometimes when our surroundings don’t quite meet our needs, it’s time to escape!... more



Let's Talk About Sex   

Let's Talk About Sex
90 min.
Need we say more? The films in this package speak for themselves.... more



LGBT - Like Me   

LGBT - Like Me
87 min.
Two great locally made documentaries, one story about a gay couple and a lesbian couple who want to have a child and one haunting tale about a transgender woman who’s looking for love in all the wrong places. A riveting peek behind the scenes at today’s LGBT life.... more



Life Cycle   

Life Cycle
86 min.
Birth, death, reinvention, reincarnation and… recycling? To everything there is a season, and the cycle keeps on turning.... more



Masquerades   

Masquerades
86 min.
Masks and the people who wear them are the subject of this provocative series of shorts about people who are not who or what they seem to be.... more



Modern Family   

Modern Family
82 min.
Six striking stories about family for the modern world.... more



On the Job   

On the Job
92 min.
The working world gets the treatment in this series of shorts revolving around the topic of toil.... more



Opening Night: Laughing Matters   

Opening Night: Laughing Matters
77 min.
We have only one aim on Opening Night of ShortFest: to make you laugh. With that goal in mind, we’ve assembled a sterling selection of new comedic shorts to tickle your funny bone and lighten your load. And if that’s not enough to entice you, join us after the screening for our one and only Opening ... more



The Other Side   

The Other Side
96 min.
Transitions are what life is all about. Sometimes they’re easy, and sometimes… not so much.... more



Out...and Definitely 'Out There'   

Out...and Definitely 'Out There'
87 min.
Gay-themed shorts have definitely gotten more adventuresome in recent years where subject matter is concerned, none more so than the seven startling tales included in this selection of new gay shorts. We included a rousing short sing-along musical number in the mix just for an amuse bouche/palette c... more



Partners in Pride   

Partners in Pride
83 min.
Eight alternately funny, fascinating, farcical, fabulous, freaky and/or futuristic tales about being gay and partnered in today’s now a-go-go world.... more



Performance Anxiety   

Performance Anxiety
92 min.
No matter whether you’re an artist, an athlete or someone looking to score in other ways, there’s always a moment of make-or-break involved…... more



Planes, Trains and Automobiles   

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
94 min.
Seven stories revolving around the ways we get there… and back.... more



Programmers' Picks   

Programmers' Picks
94 min.
Though we put our short film programs together with the goal of linking films thematically or according to genre, we’re always left with favorites that just don't fit the mold. With that in mind, here’s a grab bag of goodies we love.... more



Programmers' Picks: Part Deux   

Programmers' Picks: Part Deux
88 min.
More great new shorts we love, sans common themes.... more



Road Trips   

Road Trips
90 min.
Befuddled door-to-door salesman Frank Etienne finds himself caught up in the intrigue between a persistent young woman, her ex, and their dog.... more



Romance with a Twist   

Romance with a Twist
85 min.
The path of love is rarely smooth, but win, lose or draw, it’s always worth the walk.... more



Seven Deadly Sins   

Seven Deadly Sins
90 min.
These seven great shorts illustrate the difference between vice… and virtue. And just to refresh your memory: Lust, envy, greed, gluttony, pride, sloth and wrath. How’s that for a list of topics?... more



Shooting Stars   

Shooting Stars
89 min.
A perennial favorite at ShortFest, our ‘Shooting Stars’ program features major names in the world of entertainment who’ve lent their talent to the short film world. This year’s roster includes Ian McKellan, Brenda Blethyn Felicity Jones, Nick Cassavetes, Christopher Eccleston and… Tom Jones(!), to d... more



Sibling Stories   

Sibling Stories
90 min.
The most interesting family tales are always the ones involving relationships between brothers and/or sisters, as is vividly illustrated by this selection of engrossing shorts on the subject.... more



(Sur)Real Life   

(Sur)Real Life
88 min.
Life sometimes has the hallucinatory quality of a dream, and the four tales told in this stunning selection of short stories are mesmerizing in that same way.... more



This Just In   

This Just In
92 min.
True tales ripped straight from the front pages form the basis for this package of newsworthy short films.... more



Up From Down Under   

Up From Down Under
83 min.
A spectacular selection of new shorts from the land down under – always a source of some of ShortFest’s most memorable films, and never more so than this year’s crop!... more



When Strangers Meet   

When Strangers Meet
91 min.
The stage is always set for unexpected things to happen when strangers meet…... more



WTF?   

WTF?
85 min.
Gird your loins! These five extravagantly out-there shorts are not for the faint of heart, but each is perfectly realized in every way.... more



Yikes!   

Yikes!
90 min.
This collection of cautionary tales will make you think twice about whatever path you’re pursuing mindlessly…... more



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