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Short Film Programs

Discover the thrills of the short form in this year’s program, which includes international award winners, surprising documentaries, narrative thrills, slow burns, and lush pleasures, from an exciting new generation of filmmakers.

Short Film Programs

SHORTS: An Escape Room of One’s Own

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SHORTS: An Escape Room of One’s Own

From rooms to wombs, the curious architectures that trap, vex, and sometimes offer sweet relief. A bustling SoCal…
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SHORTS: Animation: Jumping the Line

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SHORTS: Animation: Jumping the Line

Working in stop motion, traditional 2D, digital 3D, cutout, paint, and more, these short films from around the…
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SHORTS: Beloved

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SHORTS: Beloved

An ode to Toni Morrison's monstrous love, wandering ghosts, and the unruly histories that stick to skin and…
Short Film Programs

SHORTS: Fight Me, Bitch!

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SHORTS: Fight Me, Bitch!

Sometimes, feminism is shaped like a fist, a Tinder swipe, or the last dumpling. From the mean girl,…
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SHORTS: Full Contact

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SHORTS: Full Contact

Both mundane and performative, the physical contact in these shorts—dancing, fighting, touching oneself, flying into cars— tap into…
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SHORTS: Get Out!

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SHORTS: Get Out!

From a romp with an ancient deity and an encounter with a mysterious figure to an awkward night…
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SHORTS: Go For Broke

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SHORTS: Go For Broke

Chasing windmills means inventing new rules in these vibrant stories--from an elaborate ruse to win a father's love,…
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SHORTS: International Competition

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SHORTS: International Competition

A cinematic conflagration of flowering desires, rumbling dissent, and neighborhood curiosities electrify this year's competition for best short…
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SHORTS: Jorts

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SHORTS: Jorts

Jeans meet shorts in these fresh takes on awkward lengths, '90s nostalgia, and thinking outside the denim box.…
Short Film Programs

SHORTS: LAST NIGHT IN HAWAI’I

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SHORTS: LAST NIGHT IN HAWAI’I

From an astronaut spitting at the apocalypse to a young thief safeguarding the Hawaiian flag, these shorts span…
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SHORTS: REEL VOICES

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SHORTS: REEL VOICES

Reel Voices empowers high school youth, one film at a time--tackling topics like self love, intergenerational trauma, and…
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SHORTS: SHE EXPERIMENTS

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SHORTS: SHE EXPERIMENTS

Take a break from Normal with a slate of unusual shorts that play, scratch, and explode what takes…
Short Film Programs

SHORTS: SHORTS FOR SHORTIES!

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SHORTS: SHORTS FOR SHORTIES!

A selection of family-friendly shorts to empower and excite the coming generation of bright, young dreamers and achievers.
Short Film Programs

SHORTS: TEMP LIFE

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SHORTS: TEMP LIFE

Whether full-time or temp, stories that defy the work/life divide and remind us that some of the strangest…
Short Film Programs

SHORTS: Virtual Reality

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SHORTS: Virtual Reality

By popular demand, virtual reality is back at SDAFF, this time from the shores of Asian America.