• Strictly Business

At turns hilarious and penetrating, the hustle never ends in this program of shorts about engaging in the art of commerce.


Short Films

The Launch

When a ruthless tech uber-nerd is faced with pushback right before a big launch, he must find a way to hype up the team — and himself — before going onstage. Meet the filmmaker: https://youtu.be/ZDocRWn5pNU

Halmoni's Pot

Grandma Mee-Yung reluctantly agrees to go buy pot for her grandson. But pay full price? Never! Meet the filmmaker: https://youtu.be/8dMURoW7fJU

Side Hustle

Eden, a dancer in New York City, pays the bills with financial support from her sugar daddy. Documentary interviews with sugar babies and sex workers weave into Eden's fictional story through her consumption and interaction with social media, contextualizing her experience within a community of voices. Meet the filmmaker: https://youtu.be/0Z0lQzb1Yg4

Step Into the Mattress

Up against a deadline that could cost them their jobs, rivaling mattress store employees find common ground in latex. Meet the filmmaker: https://youtu.be/JH2ZfQi_65Y

Walk Out Nice and Smooth

Thirteen-year-old Dani and their mother embark on an all-day odyssey to flip a stolen laptop. Pressures mount as the day runs long, forcing Dani to take drastic measures that unexpectedly bring the two of them closer.

Alpha Kings

From a rented mansion in suburban Texas, a group of young men sell a hyperbolic, alpha male version of themselves on the internet.

Call Me Mommy (dir. Haley Alea Erickson, Taylor Washington)

A pedantic mother-to-be hires a stranger to role-play as her unborn daughter. Meet the filmmaker: https://youtu.be/DfoDNEKZOqU

ShortFest 2023