• Same Planet, Different Worlds

In our increasingly connected world, real and imagined barriers continue to drive a wedge between people from different backgrounds. From Mauritius to Chile, these compassionate stories highlight unexpected encounters across the class divide and the lives of those who struggle to make ends meet.

Short Films


Aniksha, a young Mauritian woman, finds her first job at a call center in the wake of her arranged marriage. As she discovers a new world of possibilities, she has to decide whether to stay in a familiar way of life or break with traditions.

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


During a hot summer in a small beach town in Chile, Tomás experiences the fear and joy of burgeoning first love with Benjamín, a boy from a wealthy family.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.

Heart of Gold

Who wouldn't give their all for a child? A mother sees an opportunity to escape the hardships of a life of poverty by selling her organs to an ill and wealthy elderly neighbor. Little by little, she hands over her own flesh in exchange for gold.

In competition for Best Midnight Short and Best Animated Short.

Lost Kings

Searching for food, a boy breaks into a neighborhood home. But when the homeowners return, he becomes trapped inside.

In competition for Young Cineastes Award.


Feeling out of place among her girlfriend's family, Sanaa returns to her home neighborhood in the hope of reconnecting with her younger sister, Rana. While an old connection tries to reinsert himself into Sanaa's life, the two sisters plan a trip to the seaside.

In competition for Best Student International Short.

2021 ShortFest Archive