Global Shorts Forum: Beyond Identity
A nuanced selection of short films exploring the heights and depths of personal and collective identity.
Directed by Annelise Hickey
Australia, 2023, 17 min.
Mona, a 10-year-old Tongan-Australian girl, begins to realize she's different than her white family as mother and daughter navigate identity and belonging in 1990s Australian suburbia.
Writer: Annelise Hickey
Producer: Josie Baynes
Cast: Izabelle Tokava, Laura Gordon
Directed by Lara Everly
USA, 2023, 20 min.
Evie dresses up like her estranged grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, at her school's Heritage Day and becomes increasingly obsessed with this dark part of her family history.
Writer: Lara Everly
Producer: Elease Lui Stemp
Cast: Rachel Bloom, Vivien Lyra Blair, Scott Michael Foster, Sierra Katow
Interception: Jayne Kennedy, American Sportscaster
Directed by Safiya Songhai
USA, 2023, 15 min.
Jayne Kennedy, a stunning 1970s Blaxploitation actress and sultry sports analyst, maneuvers her way onto the anchor desk of CBS's NFL Today, but now must force a bigoted America to "pass her the ball."
Writer: Safiya Songhai
Producer: Safiya Songhai
In Too Deep
Directed by Chris Overton
United Kingdom, 2023, 17 min.
Mourning the death of his young daughter, a grieving father goes to extreme measures with AI technology to relive their fondest memories.
Writer: James Spillman
Producers: Rebecca Harris-Turner, Rachel Shenton, Chris Overton
Cast: Rachel Shenton, Stephen Wight
Directed by Margaret Miller
USA, 2023, 11 min.
Ruby and Paula are gearing up to be their own bosses through multilevel success FYZZLE Cosmetics when a small dog, a medium amount of blood, and a box of loose powder conspire against them.
Writers: Margaret Miller, Jeff Roberts
Producer: Natalie Metzger
Cast: Catherine Curtin, Andrea Rosen
We Were Meant To
Directed by Tari Wariebi
USA, 2022, 28 min.
In a world where Black men have wings and their first flight is a rite of passage, Akil must defy fears, insecurities, and societal barriers preparing for his perfect launch into manhood.
Writers: Tari Wariebi, Christina K. Licud
Producer: Jordan Tyner
Cast: Tim Johnson Jr., Luke Tennie, Sylvester Powell, Jordan-Amanda Hall