• We Are the Champions

From an obsessive gymnastics coach to an exasperated youth basketball referee, these films about sports and athleticism reveal much about the value we place on competitiveness and personal achievement.

Short Films

The Game

A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. All eyes are on him. Now he has to decide and direct the energy of an entire stadium.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

No Pain

An up-and-coming strongman's career is derailed after a tragic accident. As he struggles to find a new path forward, he is troubled by debilitating health problems and a dark past.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

The Queen of Basketball

Three consecutive college championships. The Olympics. The NBA. Lusia Harris is arguably the greatest American female basketball player of all time. But when will history honor her legend?

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

The Ref

A young referee struggles to maintain control over a 2nd-grade semi-finals basketball game.

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


After winning her first international title, an 11-year-old gymnast experiences both new pressures and a new degree of self-awareness. The more recognition she gets, the more she realizes that the game has just begun.

In competition for Best International Short.

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