• Women on Top

Forging their own way in a world too slow to adapt, the women of these shorts challenge gender norms and live life on their own terms, whether in a fishing village in Brazil or a beauty parlor in Tunisia.

Short Films

Ain’t No Time for Women

Tunis, November 2019. A group of women is gathered at the local hairdresser's on the eve of the presidential election. The salon is transformed into a town square, mirroring the internal turmoil of the country. In this female sanctuary, we get an intimate look at the county’s teenage democracy.

In competition for Best Documentary Short.

All Those Sensations in My Belly

While transitioning, Matia struggles with finding a genuine, intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

In competition for Best LGBT+ Short and Best Animated Short.


In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have already arranged her marriage to a young businessman living abroad. Meanwhile, Nafisa's grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future. Caught between two rigid traditions, Nafisa must find a way to forge her own path.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes, and Young Cineastes Award.


At dawn, a cannon shatters the silence. The horses gallop across the beaten ground. Eva, 21, wants to join the Imperial Horse Guards, a historical reenactment of a Napoleonic regiment reserved for men.

In competition for Best Student Documentary Short.


In a Brazilian village infested with piranhas, Nanã and Mel are fast growing into adolescence as they dream of ways of protecting themselves against a seemingly inescapable violence. When a mysterious body appears tangled in a fisherman's net, the two girls begin to learn what might be their ultimate protection.

In competition for Best Midnight Short.

2021 ShortFest Archive