• Parables, Fantasies & Fables

Step into the ether and lose yourself in this selection of imaginative, unearthly shorts.

Short Films

Alice and the Frog

When 14-year-old Alicja accidentally gets pregnant, she escapes down a different kind of rabbit hole.

In competition for Young Cineastes Award.

Bad Seeds

The struggle between two antagonistic plants reaches surreal new heights as they battle each for dominance in the garden.

In competition for Best Animated Short.

Love Is Just a Death Away

Amid the debris of a perilous landfill, hopeful creatures yearn for an amorous connection.

In competition for Best Student Animated Short and Best Animated Short.

Our Mine

In this eco-feminist tragicomedy, a female body is utilized as the set and characters. Our Mine is the story of a mine collapse from the perspective of the mountain and explores the futile human urge to see ourselves as above nature rather than intrinsically part of it.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.


This is a fictional dance film that tells the story of Giralda, an undertaker who accompanies deceased humans to their afterlife. Interpreted in Spanish flamenco dance and music, and set at an old East German ship canal lift, the film creates an associative fusion between Northern and Southern Europe, movement and silence, and farewells and eternity.

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


On the run from mysterious creatures, a father will do anything to keep his daughter by his side.

In competition for Best Student Animated Short.


In a near-future, drought-stricken Los Angeles, an old immigrant woman braves the city to search for water.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.

2021 ShortFest Archive