Festival Shorts

Don't miss the full limneup of stellar short films in this year's program, each of which tells a big story. All narrative shorts compete for the SFJFF Film Movement Award and all documentary shorts compete for the juried Best Short Documentary Award, the winner of which is eligible for the Academy Award in Documentary (Short Subject). All shorts are also eligible for the Youth Jury Prize. 

Feeling Sexual

Feeling Sexual

about a bold high school student who sets out to seduce her older, self-obsessed family friend while touring his university.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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The Violin Upstairs

The Violin Upstairs

 A short animated documentary that tells the story of the previous owners of the filmmaker's violin.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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ALINA

ALINA

As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend's three-month-old baby to safety.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Jews In Shorts: Documentaries

Jews In Shorts: Documentaries

A collection of short documentary films.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Jews in Shorts: Narratives

Jews in Shorts: Narratives

Jews in Shorts: Narratives

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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In Our Synagogue

In Our Synagogue

A boy tries to find out what happened in the old local synagogue. Obsessed, he is chasing something he never saw and does not pay any attention to what is happening around him.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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White Eye

White Eye

A man finds his stolen bicycle and it now belongs to a stranger. In his attempts to retrieve the bicycle, he struggles to remain human.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Long Distance (2020)

Long Distance (2020)

Rachel is losing her sight to the point she can't even call her daughter who is in labor on the other side of the world. Seeking for help, she opens her door to passersby strangers, striving for one moment of connection.​

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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I Think it's Enough, Isn't It?

I Think it's Enough, Isn't It?

Reconstructing one last encounter with Dad.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Snowy

Snowy

Snowy, a four-inch-long pet turtle, has lived an isolated life in the family basement. With help from a team of experts and his caretaker, Uncle Larry, we ask: Can Snowy be happy, and what would it take?

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

Jacob goes out, for the first time in his life, to a gay party, but discovers that his skin color prevents him from being accepted into the community. The film is part of the ""Equals"" project, by the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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The Binding of Itzik

The Binding of Itzik

A middle aged Hasidic bookbinder, in his search for binding materials, stumbles across a craigslist ad offering "binding lessons for submissive women." He responds to it, becoming entangled in an emotionally intense BDSM relationship with a stranger on the internet that threatens to unravel his quiet life.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Broken Bird

Broken Bird

A Bat Mitzvah girl caught in the middle finds a way to enter adulthood.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Bechora

Bechora

A day in the lives of a 12 years old kid with special needs and his 14 year old sister.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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The Inspection

The Inspection

Julia, an experienced history teacher in a rather quiet high school, faces a school inspector.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Kippah

Kippah

Based on actual events, this film tells the story of 15-year-old Oskar who newly visits a multi-cultural high school.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Scar of the Earth

Scar of the Earth

I follow the tracks of my great-great-aunt in Kiev. My mother tells her story, her tragic death and reveals a dramatic part of the history of the Holocaust.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Eight Nights

Eight Nights

When Daniel was invited to appear on “Conan,” he thought he'd finally made it. Instead, he found himself on all fours in a silver Spandex bodysuit with his face attached to the ass of the guy in front of him. Conan called it the "human-centipede-menorah."

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Wife Me

Wife Me

Wife Me tells the story of a young couple that is forced to unpack a difficult topic of discussion after a particularly turbulent family event.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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Good German Work (Kollegen)

Good German Work (Kollegen)

In their daily routine the two craftspeople Uli and Didi work in their workshop and reflect on old teachers and the upcoming Village fair but also on the new guests in the village. These guests have given them an unusual commission: To build parts of a concentration camp on German soil - in 2020.

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Thursday July 22, 2021
12:00 a.m.
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