Shorts 21: We Love Short Shorts

Historically, this program was always our best attended. Offset from the serious dramas, and 20-minute epic short films, these programs were filled (sometimes with as many as 20 short films) with short, snappy films of all types, some as short as a minute. Today, most of those films move straight onto YouTube (or even TikTok), so our average length is longer, but this program remains a home for fun and silly short films. 

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Directed By: Clint Till
Written By: Clint Till
Cast: Percy Bradley, Willis Green

USA, 8 minutes
When a retired Reverend takes his seat in the retirement home dining room, he’s surprised to find that the lunch served doesn’t live up to his standards or expectations. He takes it upon himself to find a way to get the lunch he thinks he deserves.

Festivals & Awards:
Memphis Film Prize
Nashville Film Festival

The Watchmaker

Directed By: Charlie Fonville
Written By: Charlie Fonville
Cast: Hidetoshi Imura

USA, 5 minutes

The Watchmaker is a short film that profiles Japanese watchmaker Takumi Oshiro as he nears completion of his greatest masterpiece.

Festivals & Awards:
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Sedona International Film Festival


Directed By: Paul Bland
Written By: Paul Bland
Cast: Tom Vickers, Jennifer Bareilles, Kal Mansoor

USA, 94 minutes

Three co-workers meet to discuss their recent experiences with time travel tourism.

Two Wizards, One Staff

Directed By: Josh Folan
Written By: Josh Folan
Cast: Vincent Washington, Michael St. Pierre, Miyagi, Bow Wow

USA, 7 minutes

Two wizards, a young African-American apprentice and an older white Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, bump into each other while walking their dogs.

Festivals & Awards:
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
San Francisco Indie Shorts

Beyond Noh

Directed By: Patrick Smith

USA, 3 minutes

“Beyond Noh” rhythmically animates 3,475 individual masks from all over the world, beginning with the distinctive masks of the Japanese Noh theater and continuing on a cultural journey through ritual, performance, utility, and politics.

Festivals & Awards:
Tribeca Film Festival
Annecy International Animation Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival

Tired Eyes

Directed By: Ryan Martin Brown
Written By: Ryan Martin Brown
Cast: Steven Carter, Emily DeForest, Cecil Jennings

USA, 8 minutes

A trio of musicians must schlepp their gear from a cramped practice space in Bushwick to a small show in the middle of Manhattan.

Festivals & Awards:
Woods Hole Film Festival
Defy Film Festival


Directed By: Sergine Dumais
Written By: Bo Price
Cast: Maxim Roy, Jeremy Sisto

USA, 6 minutes

Sara is in bed with her lover when her husband calls. When he asks for something in his sock drawer, she runs home, stalling for time, asking endless questions about Wichita, Kansas.

Festivals & Awards:
Austin Film Festival