• Power Plays

Tense standoffs, risky gambits, and subtle manipulation characterize these stories about the lengths we go to control our own lives—and sometimes those of others.


Short Films


August does not get the attention he deserves. When his younger brother needs to go to the hospital, August is taken care of by the neighbors. There, he experiences the recognition he always wanted, but when his immoral actions are ignored August finds himself stuck in an identity crisis.

In competition for Best Student International Short.


Beau is an emerging artist who is about to unveil her latest installation. Her lover, Paloma, is a devoted supporter and her closet confidante. The pressure for Beau's success causes a rift in their relationship, and soon life imitates art.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short.

The Criminals

Late in the evening in a small Turkish town, a young couple are trying to find a hotel room to spend the night together, but they face rejection from every hotel for not having the required marriage certificate. Once they believe they’ve devised the perfect scheme, the situation gets out of hand.​

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


A model shoots with a recognized photographer. He wants to make a work about the vulnerability of women and proposes she pose topless.

In competition for Best International Short.

Turning to Dust

Due to unpaid wages, Elif and her husband are deep in debt. Elif’s husband wants to return to Turkey, but she believes there’s a better future for their son in France.

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

2021 ShortFest Archive