• Opening Night

Major award winners from the world’s top film festivals make up this delightful package of films—designed to spotlight the most talented emerging international directors. Followed by a reception at LuLu California Bistro.

Short Films

Mdudu Boy

A small Kenyan boy with big ambitions gets a lucky break in this energetic and enormously charming film.


A couple finds themselves in the odd and frequent position of caring for uniquely impaired animals before their inevitable demise. A heartwarming ode to the sometimes bizarre and beautiful connection between man and animals.


Crashing his scooter between a food truck and a brothel lands a young man a job, but can he also land the girl of his dreams?

Sunday Lunch

This internationally celebrated animated film finds Jean at a Sunday brunch observing his infuriating extended family whom he tries to love despite their endlessly frustrating behavior.

Thunder Road

Jimmy Arnaud eulogizes his mother. This multi-award winner is one of the most surprising, skillful and cringe-inducing films you’ll see this year.

Talgar the Hunter

This beautifully shot, gentle fable follows Talgar as he journeys through Kyrgyzstan, trying to heal his closest companion, Tumara the Golden Eagle, who seems to have lost her hunting instincts.

2016 ShortFest Archive