• Beneath the Surface

Everyone has a story. Whether encouraged or denied, something is bubbling up in this collection of films.


Short Films

Bruised Fruit Tastes Sweeter

After a roadside accident a couple tries to mend their fragile relationship.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.


After her girlfriend chooses to spend Easter with family, Nevena dyes two red eggs and heads off to visit her own estranged father.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Best LGBT+ Short.

The Goldfish

An adopted woman is forced to confront her darkest fear about motherhood at her sister’s baby shower.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.


A Black family in rural Vermont attempts to live a life of solitude and cope with the ghosts living on their property.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.


After being ejected from Sunday school, an 8-year-old girl with an ability to sense danger witnesses the underbelly in and around a mega church in Lagos.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award.

What Resonates in Silence

A little girl who suffered from the cruel silence of adults feels dispossessed of her right to mourn. As an adult, she recounts the tender gestures that now bind her to the dead.

In competition for Best Animated Short.

2021 ShortFest Archive