• In the Country

Rural life takes center stage in these films about the country and all that we lose, find and feel there.

Short Films

Double Murder

Alone on vacation in rural Montana, a woman becomes haunted by the local news story of a double murder.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.

The Lord’s Day

To get over his Sunday boredom, young Atikamekw spends time with friends, reminiscing about his dogs.

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short.

Lost and Found

In the Swiss countryside, a group of locals volunteer to search for a missing woman. During the search, the bonds of the small society are tightened as each finds their place in the community.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Best Student International Short.


A lonely American faces unrequited love on a farm commune in the south of France.

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

Staying (Aros Mae)

A woman from the city has a brief but life-changing connection with a hill farmer and the landscape in remote mid-Wales.

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

The Womb

When her mother dies, Diana escapes to a place of grieving in the Portuguese countryside called "The Womb." Here, patients meditate in an unusual birthing sac. Diana is contacted by family but insists on grieving alone. She eventually meets an older woman who helps her confront the mixed feelings of losing a mother.

In competition for Best International Short.

2021 ShortFest Archive