• Doing My Part

Stories of extraordinary people facing a troubled world and doing what they can to make it better.

Short Films


Along the scorching southern desert border in Arizona, it is estimated that only one out of every five missing migrants are ever found. This is the story of one group of searchers, the Aguilas del Desierto who amidst rising political repression and cartel violence, as well as the eternal difficulties of travel in the Sonoran Desert, carry out their solemn task.

In competition for Bridging the Borders Award, Local Jury Award, and Best Documentary Short.

Dying in Your Mother's Arms

If losing a child to an illness is one of the worst things that can happen to a family, Dr. Nadia Tremonti has made it her mission to make it better. It’s not easy, but as a pediatric palliative care physician, she works to ensure that terminally ill children receive quality end-of-life care.

In competition for Local Jury Award and Best Documentary Short.

From Devil's Breath

The devastating 2017 wildfires in Portugal claimed 120 lives and darkened the skies across Europe, but a community of survivors refused to be broken, fighting to ensure that this tragedy wouldn't happen again. A world-changing discovery that ignites a global revolution in humanity’s fight against climate change.

In competition for Local Jury Award.


Recounting her life as a daughter and young mother grappling with addiction, Rachel Marshall makes generational amends from the pain of her drug use, giving thanks to those who inspired her along the way.

In competition for Local Jury Award.

They Keep Quiet So We Make Noise

In Jenjarom, Malaysia, the smell of burnt plastic creeps across the town entering the homes of residents, stirring them awake and poisoning their fresh air. At night, activists search for the illegal, so-called recycling facilities processing the tide of plastic waste being sent from all over the world.

In competition for Local Jury Award.

2021 ShortFest Archive