The 2021 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

The Salute Your Shorts Film Festival has announced the 2021 lineup of its fifth edition. This year 61 films were selected from over 700 submissions. The robust lineup includes a documentary SNOWY directed by Kaitlyn Schwalje and Alexander Lewis, DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE directed by Ethosheia Hylton, and SALES PER HOUR directed by Michelle Uranowitz and Daniel Jaffe. The festival will take place physically from August 20-22 at Assistance League Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets and passes are now on sale here.


Here is the full lineup for the 2021 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival:


Previously announced


MARVIN'S NEVER HAD COFFEE BEFORE

Dir. Andrew Carter

Prods. Kahlil Maskati, Andrew Carter

Marvin Wexler tries coffee for the first time and desperately wants to talk to someone about it. What follows is a funny exploration of loneliness and trying to fit in during a time when it's never been harder to connect.


HE'S THE ONE

Dir. Jessie Kahnweiler

Prod. Tasha Petty, Paul Young, Richard Card, Jessie Kahnweiler

A girl meets guy and falls head over heels, but a shocking discovery forces her to question everything. A dark comedy about falling in love with the one person you're supposed to hate.


RASPBERRY

Dir. Julian Doan

Prods. Brianna Murphy, Turner Munch

Undertakers wait on a family’s final farewells, as one son struggles to say goodbye to his dead father.


ALINA

Dir. Rami Kodeih

Prods. Rachelle Owen, Rubber Duck Films, Courtney Prather, Nora Mariana, Rami Kodeih, Joshua Owen

A WW2 girl gang struggles to save their friend's 3-month-old baby from the Nazis. Starring Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Arrested Development).


THE GOLDFISH

Dir. Ashley Paige Brim

Prod. Diana Ward

An adopted woman is forced to confront her darkest fear about motherhood at her sister’s baby shower.


MELTDOWN IN DIXIE

Dir. Emily Harrold

Prod. Emily Harrold, Seth Gadsden

A documentary film about BBQ, Ice Cream, and The Confederate Flag.


TRUDGE

Dir. Creston Whittington

Prods. Evan Holtzman, Mike Quinn

An artist, upon selling his most valuable painting, must reckon with the fate of his work.


FOREVER

Dir. Mitch McGlocklin

Prod. Mitch McGlocklin

AI judgment causes a period of introspection


AVALANCHE

Dir. Heather Jack

Prods. Molly Ortiz, Molly Anne Coogan, Larkin Clark

Underemployed and reeling from a recent miscarriage, comedy writer Jo McDowell’s life is getting less funny by the minute. When she lands a meeting that could turn it all around, she has to make a decision: tell the truth or go for the laugh? A poignant comedy based on a true story.


VICTORIA

Dir. Daniel Toledo Saura

Prod. Mammut

This is the story of a first meeting and, at the same time, of a reunion. It's the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time.


THE SOUND OF A PAINTING

Dirs. Josh Litman, Léopold Dewolf

Prods. Josh Litman, Léopold Dewolf

As identical twin sound engineers Angel and Clément celebrate the opening of their new recording studio, one of the brothers makes a startling confession about a past relationship.


FEELING THROUGH

Dir. Doug Roland

Prods. Phil Newsom, Susan Ruzenski, Luis Augusto Figueroa

A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.


REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING

Dir. Tony Suriano

Prod. Subhro Das

A man who is down on his luck finds a second shot at life when he buys himself a magical refrigerator.


THE TREATMENT

Dir. Álvaro Carmona

Prod. Álvaro Carmona

A clinic offers what you’ve always wanted… for a low price.


FOOTSTEPS

Dir. Jeremy Benning

Prod. Jeremy Benning

An inside look at the world of the Foley artist. This short documentary is a sneak peek into a unique post production sound facility located in rural Ontario, an hour north of Toronto.


WHAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID

Dir. Jamie Donohoe

Prod. Jamie Donohoe

A family struggles to say what needs to be said


FORBIDDEN TO SEE US SCREAM IN TEHRAN

Dir. Farbod Ardebili

Prods. Victoria Razevska Hill, Soroush Arayesh, Patrick Reasonover, Matt Edwards, Sarah Jane Murray

Singing for women is illegal in Iran, but Shima and her Death Metal band don't care.


THE INVISIBLE MONSTER

Dir. Guillermo Fesser Perez de Petinto

Prod. Javier Fesser Perez de Petinto

Aminodin's father always smiles because he says "happy people live longer". That's why, at eight years old, Aminodin puts his best smile while working at the Papandayan dump, where he lives with his family. Her cousin Aliman, on the other hand, lost his when bombs started falling from the sky in the city of Marawi.


ENOUGH.

Dir. Caleb Slain

Prods. Richard Stevenson, Max Losee, Ethan Seneker, Hope Alexander, La'Charles Trask

A dream, a nightmare, a musical. Ten years in the making, welcome to the stormy inner world of one Congolese-American coming of age in the US.


NEURODIVERGENT

Dir. Afton Quast Saler

Prods. Rachel Priebe, Reagan Shea

A 35-year-old film student recently diagnosed with ADHD manages by turning the camera on herself.


THE CRIMINALS

Dir. Serhat Karaaslan

Prod. Laure Dahout

Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together.


JOANNE IS DEAD

Dir. Brian Sacca

Prods. Brian Sacca, Matthew Vaughan, Jeff Tomsic

Myrtle has gone off the rails today, spouting all types of nonsense about her past. None of it can be true, right? RIGHT?!


FACES

Dir. Iván Sainz-Pardo

Prod. Iván Sainz-Pardo, Juanjo Moscardó

A love story in the times of programmed obsolescence.


I'M NOT A ROBOT

Dir. Brian Olliver

Prod. Brian Olliver

Desperate to find the perfect new employee during a job interview, a weary office manager discovers that his new recruit is not what he seems.


SOLA IN DISCESA (GOING DOWN ALONE)

Dir. Michele Bizzi, Claudia Di Lascia

Prods. Claudia Di Lascia, Kinedimorae srl

In a metaphorical elevator, a woman travels through her past life and faces all the men who verbally or physically abused her.


ON THE RIDE

Dir. Jen McGowan

Prods. Rebecca Stone, Jeremy Glazer, AMPLE Entertainment

A man grapples with a trauma on a bike ride, taking him to a stranger linked to the past he can’t shake.


PEEPS

Dir. Sophie Somerville

Prod. Courtney Bombell

Peeps is a peek into the inner world of a turbulent teenage friendship group on their after-school shopping trip.


ALA KACHUU - TAKE & RUN

Dir. Maria Brendle

Prod. Nadine Lüchinger, Flavio Gerber

A young Kyrgyz woman is kidnapped and forced to marry. A drama about the desire for freedom in the clutches of tradition.


CUCKOO!

Dir. Jörgen Scholtens

Prod. Jörgen Scholtens, Jimmy Groeneveld

Inside a cuckoo clock lives a lonely man. Every hour he is catapulted out of his tiny house to yell ‘Cuckoo!’


Newly added


SILVERTOP

Dir. Tom J Stern

Prod. Tom J Stern

A lighthearted documentary about an amazing architectural house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protege John Lautner.


SUSANA

Dir. Laura Gamse

Despite the danger to herself and her family, former slaughterhouse worker Susana returns to the scene at night to care for animals on their way to the kill floor.