• Outsiders & Underdogs

With the odds stacked firmly against them, the longshot protagonists of these shorts must surmount tough obstacles and face down bitter rivals.

Short Films


Pakistan, 1978. Lenny, a rockstar from the Christian community, is offered the chance to reinvent himself as a state-sanctioned singer. With Islamic fervor gripping the nation, he must decide if he can change with the times.

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


Growing up in Oakland's hip-hop culture and playing on the high school basketball team makes it difficult for Eng to identify with her Chinese-American roots. As her sophomore year of high school comes to an end, Eng tries to find a sense of belonging within the two worlds that don't accept her.

In competition for Young Cineastes Award.


In Paris, Aly, a young asylum seeker from Guinea, is invited to a party. On his way, the reality of his situation catches up with him.

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

Free Flow

Zak, an Iranian immigrant working as a deep-sea diver in France, finds his livelihood threatened after he catches Keivan, another Iranian immigrant, attempting to take advantage of Zak's privileged access to the docks on his way to England.

In competition for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes and Bridging the Borders Award.


Three modern day “sworn virgins” reject traditional Balkan patriarcial expectations for women, forming a bond to protect one another. One day they welcome someone new to their alliance.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award and Young Cineastes Award.

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