• A City Symphony

Films from around the world about life in the (beautiful, ancient, always changing, impossible) city.

Short Films

Daily Massacre in Tehran

Fuad is a 12-year-old boy who comes to Tehran to make money to support his mother. He is willing and ready to take on any paying job, but each job brings with it a set of new challenges.

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

The Nightwalk

Jarvis moves to his new apartment in Shanghai when the pandemic lockdown begins. Faced with loneliness, he starts having dark and anxious thoughts. To escape from his nightmares, he ventures into the deserted city to get to a friend's house...

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

The Promised

In and around the historical ruins of Fustat in Old Cairo, tensions simmer between the site’s government-appointed guards and the residents of a nearby settlement.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

Son of Sodom

In this gritty portrait of Medellín and its queer youth, filmmaker Theo Montoya reflects on the life and social circle of Camilo Najar following the latter's untimely death at the age of 21.

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

Street Angel

Part documentary, part fever dream, a performance artist discovers the untold onscreen and offscreen histories of Los Angeles Chinatown as she sings a familiar movie tune to aging residents faced with a rapidly developing neighborhood.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

2021 ShortFest Archive