Salute Your Shorts Film Festival Unveils Its First Batch of 2020 Selections

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

The Salute Your Shorts Film Festival has announced the first batch of films in its official selection, which comprises 79 short films including Logan Jackson’s heartfelt drama MY HERO, which won Special Jury Award: Best U.S. Short at the 2020 Palm Springs ShortFest, Geeta Gandbhir’s culturally relevant documentary CALL CENTER BLUES, Janina Gavankar and Russo Schelling’s horror STUCCO, Ashley Williams’s directorial debut MEATS, and Ashley Eakin’s dazzling anti-romantic comedy SINGLE.

At the fourth edition of the festival, Salute Your Shorts is teaming up with Street Food Cinema to host an opening night event with a drive-in screening at Brandeis Bardin Campus in Simi Valley on August 21, 2020 (the lineup will be announced soon). The festival will continue with an online festival powered by Seed&Spark from August 22-29. Tickets for the Opening Night at Drive-in Theater are available now

Here is the first wave lineup for the 2020 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival:

"GHOSTS" Directed by Diego Escobar

A mother does everything within her reach to try and make her daughter happy during quarantine, to avoid making her memories ghosts from the past.

1, 2, 3, ALL EYES ON ME Directed by Emil Gallardo

A loving teacher gets caught in a crisis that engulfs her campus, threatening the kids in her care.

A LIVING SCULPTURE Directed by Diana Chire

A young French Horn player explores pros and cons of her relationship with an Artist.


A MOTHER Directed by Natasha Ngaiza

As a town copes with the disappearance of a little girl, a mother of two must come to terms with her own decision to abort an unexpected pregnancy.

A SUNDAY IN MAY Directed by Carlos Matias

The story follows a son throughout his day as he prepares for his traditional Mother’s Day dinner. Except this year, things are a little bit different.

A WOMAN Directed by Tahmina Rafaella

A young, modern mother struggles to find her place in Baku, Azerbaijan, a culture simultaneously Muslim and secular, progressive as it is traditional, and like her at a crossroads of seeming contradictions.

ADAM (WITH AN EYE) Directed by Derrick Duan

A lonesome astronaut roams alien landscape thinking of his left-behind love.

AFFURMATIVE ACTION Directed by Travis Wood

An exploration of workplace diversity through "meet the team" pages.

BAGEL BITE FRIGHT NIGHT Directed by Tessa Evelyn

Two stoner babes believe they are being stalked by celebrity sex offenders.

BLACK BOY JOY Directed by Martina Lee

Three generations of black men struggling to juggle the demands of raising a young son with autism while adapting to their new normal after the death of a loved one.


BLACK BOYS CAN'T CRY Directed by Victor Gabriel

A father overtaken by an inexplicable force in the middle of the night attacks his family and comes face to face with his past.

BLOCKS Directed by Bridget Moloney

An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit plastic toy blocks.

BROKEN ORCHESTRA Directed by Charlie Tyrell

When schools lose arts funding, what happens to their musical instruments?

CALL CENTER BLUES Directed by Geeta Gandbhir

A community of US deportees struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana.

COFFEE SHOP NAMES Directed by Deepak Sethi

Three Indian friends discuss what their "coffee shop names" are and their made-up personas behind them.


COLDSORE Directed by Caitlin McCarthy

One girl's quest for a viral infection

DANNY'S GIRL Directed by Emily Wilson

Danny meets his online girlfriend for the first time but accidentally discovers an unspeakable possession of hers, which throws their first night together into a dizzying tailspin.

DEMAND CURVE Directed by The Bragg Brothers

A university professor uses basic economics to up his ransom and get in on the action.

ELI Directed by Nate Milton

A true story from the realms of High Strangeness, Magical Thinking and Manic Delusion.

ESTHER Directed by Rebecca Halfon

Drunk with power after getting her braces off, 13-year-old Esther tries to seduce her oblivious Hebrew tutor.

EXAM Directed by Sonia K. Hadad

A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.


FACE TO FACE TIME Directed by Izzy Shill

Claire takes the bold step of initiating a FaceTime call, only to discover Danny’s flaccid enthusiasm for her.

FANGIRL Directed by Shayda Frost

14-year old Nat walks an audience through her world of bullies, family, friends and fandom.

FINE, I'LL WRITE MY OWN DAMN SONG Directed by Allyson Rice

A 56-year-old mom sends a comedic rap video message to her musician son that she’s still relevant.

FREERIDE SKIING AT HOME Directed by Philipp Klein Herrero

You can keep a Freerider quarantined, but you won’t be able to keep him from skiing.

HAND IN HAND Directed by Ennio Ruschetti

Two politicians shake hands. The situation gets out of hand.

HEAT Directed by Thessa Meijer

During an extreme heat wave, a shy girl seeks refuge in an ice cream shop. But when she looks into the eyes of the charming vendor, she is on thin ice...

HOMESICK Directed by Koya Kamura

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Murai braves danger and wanders through the no-go zone in order to spend time with Jun, his eight-year-old son.

HOT DOG Directed by Patrick Muhlberger

A group of coworkers tries to rescue a dog trapped in a hot car. Chaos ensues in a single shot.

I NEVER PICKED COTTON Directed by Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez, Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian

Yolanda Morgan recalls her experiences with racism and the impact it has had on her.


ISOLATIONS Directed by Talia Shea Levin

An outlet for chaos and the enduring need to connect created as lockdown took effect in Los Angeles.

LA HISTORIA DE MATEO (MATEO'S STORY) Directed by Malona P. Badelt

When a family seeks safety in the US, their journey turns into a struggle of trauma, fear and irreparable damage.

LANCE (IN A NECK BRACE) Directed by Chloé Aktas

After a devastating break-up, Lance listens to instructional cassette tapes on how to heal his broken heart.

LAZY SUSAN Directed by Terri Timely

You might be one of the millions of people whose life was made a little bit easier by Susan and you don’t even know it.

LENA Directed by Gosha Shapiro

A 9-year-old girl plays translator during a parent-teacher conference.

LEND ME YOUR SUGAR Directed by Geir Jardar Olsen

A grumpy old recluse is constantly challenged by the cheerful, love-struck woman from downstairs.

LINE DRY Directed by Anna Elizabeth Baumgarten

A run-in between two neighbors in an apartment building laundry room takes an unexpected turn.

LITTLE CHIEF Directed by Erica Tremblay

The lives of a Native woman and nine-year-old boy intersect over the course of a school day on a reservation in Oklahoma


LIV Directed by Alan Hicks

Liv and her older sister Tess are inseparable siblings, who from a young age share a strong musical bond, but behind the music and happy images, hides a terrifying secret. Liv rides the waves of hope and despair, older sister Tess desperately fights to save her.

LONG RIDE HOME Directed by Dame Pierre

The film explores the unfortunate reality that it's extremely hard to 'make it out.' To show Black people who are fortunate enough to transition from being a have-not to a have, that it is not always as simple as pulling yourself up by the bootstraps.

LOOPY Directed by Max Cianci, Anthony Peduzzi

A man follows mysterious trails through a seemingly abandoned building.

LOST KINGS Directed by Brian Lawes

While searching for food, a boy becomes trapped inside with the homeowners he's stealing from.

MADRE (MOTHER) Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

The daily conversation between Marta and her mother turns into a tragic time trial situation when they receive a call from her 6-year-old son who is lost on a French beach, separated from his father.

MAELLE Directed by Jordi Gueyrard

Do you think you can spot the evil by its face?

MAUDE Directed by Toby Frow

When retired housewife Maude wins a cruise for two, her hope of escape from her stale marriage is placed on Henry, her local shop keeper.