To the Dusty Sea

Award-Winning Shorts Program

A collection of all 10 of the 2020 SLIFF award-winning shorts, including both juried and audience-choice picks.

150 minutes 10 Films
Available Jan. 22-31
Available Only in MO/IL

Always Coming Back

Always Coming Back

Directed by
Noah Readhead & Nate Townsend
2020
9 minutes
English

Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short. Webster Groves rallies around a man with a mental disability to support his greatest passion.

Augustus

Augustus

Directed by
Jon Alston
2020
16 minutes
English

Essy Award for Best Narrative Short. Augustus, a literate carpenter and family man who is living free as a fugitive slave, is faced with a decision to speak or die when denied the wages he's earned.

Black Goat

Black Goat

Directed by
Yi Tang
2019
12 minutes
Nepali

Best Live Action Short. A new girl at a nunnery has her first period after hearing a late-night ghost story and believes that she has been cursed, requiring her to sacrifice a black goat to avoid further misfortune.

Colette

Colette

Directed by
Anthony Giacchino
2019
24 minutes
French & German

Best Documentary Short. Colette Catherine, now 90, revisits the terrors of her childhood, when she fought the Nazis as a member of the French Resistance.

The Cut

The Cut

Directed by
Chloé Cinq-Mars
2019
18 minutes
French

Best International Short. Emma, who had a C-section, didn’t see her son when he was born, and when she finally meets him, she doesn't recognize her baby.

I Want to Make a Film about Women

I Want to Make a Film about Women

Directed by
Karen Pearlman
2019
12 minutes
English & Russian

Essy Award for Best Documentary Short. A speculative love letter to Russian constructivist women in the 1920s Soviet Union, which championed equality for women and great innovation in the creative arts — until it didn't.

Josiah

Josiah

Directed by
Kyle Laursen
2019
20 minutes
English

Best of Fest Short. A Black actor auditions for a part in a period television series.

The Mirror

The Mirror

Directed by
Joel Kohn
2020
22 minutes
English

Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Short. When a young girl discovers a mysterious antique mirror in the basement of her ailing grandmother’s house, she opens a window between time that allows her to cross over into Nazi-occupied Poland.

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R.A.S.

Directed by
Lucas Durkheim
2019
5 minutes
French

Best Short Short. For months now, a group of five bored young soldiers have been stuck on a mission in the middle of the Afghan mountains, but the routine is finally broken during a support mission.

To the Dusty Sea

To the Dusty Sea

Directed by
Héloïse Ferlay
2020
12 minutes
French

Best Animated Short. Left alone in the summer, Malo and Zoe try their best to catch their mother’s elusive eye.