• Higher Ground

The spiritual, the metaphysical and the supernatural coincide in this series of funny and profound shorts exploring the power of faith, belief and ritual.


Short Films


In 1964, in rural Northeastern India, a former headhunter and his son are the last in their village to withstand conversion efforts to Christianity. Living in isolation, their entire tradition, identity and ego are at stake as they try their best to resist the social pressures of the new world.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes.

The Communion of My Cousin Andrea

Andrea has made her first communion, but she would prefer the solemn ceremony involve a little glamour.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

I, Barnabé

Confronted with feelings of emptiness and seeking to drown his sorrow in a bottle, Barnabé experiences a curious metaphysical visitation—lightning strikes the spire of his church and a mysterious bird appears, forcing him to reconsider his life.

In competition for Best Animated Short.

The Mohel

After celebrating the birth of their first son, James and his converted Jewish wife Lola fly a mohel out to perform the circumcision. Family expectations and financial strain force James to confront the transactional nature of religion, and the realities of maintaining old traditions in a modern world.

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


How do you stage a miracle healing? Boundaries dissolve between church and theater, faith and credibility.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award.

Some Manifestations of the South

A young man who makes a living in South China cleaning ancestors' graves receives a special assignment.

In competition for Best Student International Short.

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