• Shorties!

Films for kids and the young at heart, this mix of family-friendly fare features a variety of animated and live-action tales.

Short Films

American Eid

Ameena, a Pakistani immigrant, wakes up on Eid to find out that she has to go to school. Homesick and heartbroken, she goes on a mission to make Eid a public-school holiday. In the process, she reconnects with her older sister and embraces her new home, while her new home embraces her.

In competition for Local Jury Award.


A bear who wants to see the winter fights his hibernation instincts to explore the beauty of the changing seasons in an animated musical.

In competition for Best Student Animated Short.


When Will, a young inventor, learns that dogs are colorblind, he decides to invent special glasses to present colors to his dog, Norman.

In competition for Best Animated Short.

Growing Fangs

Val García, a Mexican-American teen who is half human/half vampire, has had to keep her identity a secret from both worlds. But when her human best friend shows up at her monster-infested school, she has to confront her truth, her identity, and herself.

In competition for Best U.S. Short.

The Little Prince(ss)

When Gabriel, a 7-year-old Chinese kid who loves ballet, becomes friends with Rob, another Chinese kid from school, Rob’s dad gets suspicious about Gabriel's “feminine” behavior and decides to intervene.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short.

Sea Dragon

A young girl makes a groundbreaking discovery, challenging the worldviews of 19th-century England.

In competition for Best International Short.


A fresh and woolly take on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale Thumbelina, this stop-motion animated film follows Tulip on her adventures as she explores the garden outside her home in search of where she belongs.

In competition for Best Animated Short.

2021 ShortFest Archive