FutureWave Shorts

81 minutes

April 8 - 18, 2021

The next generation of filmmakers are finding their unique voices and creating media with purpose. These shorts from filmmakers 18 and under are glorious evidence that storytelling is already strong for the future.

  • Running Time: 81 minutes

Packaged Films

A Really Dark Comedy

USA | 2021 | 5 min. | Manasi Ughadmathe

In a frantic rush to ask his crush out to prom, Gus and his friend Elliot speed to her house, unbeknownst to the horrors that lie on the road.

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After Hours

USA | 2020 | 5 min. | Joe Matthews

A burglar’s stealthy robbery hits a snag when he stumbles into an ironic situation.

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Alive Day

USA | 2019 | 10 min. | Lindsay O'Keefe

Against incredible odds, a young swimmer tells her inspiring story.

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Ambivalent

USA | 2019 | 7 min. | Kayla Li

A young woman navigates social anxiety through abstract mediums and finds a way to manifest internal conflict as a physical mass.

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Elementary Wake Up

USA | 2020 | 9 min. | Saya Luke

Trying to find her purpose, a young woman moves from Chicago to the west coast and is faced with the consequences that pride brings.

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Esperanza

USA | 2019 | 3 min. | Chloe Campos

While attempting to migrate to the US, a mother and her two children, are faced with a life altering decision.

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In Time

USA | 2021 | 5 min. | Gaelila McKaughan

A young woman finds herself in a strange encounter with a shrouded figure.

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Looking Forward From Yesterday

USA | 2020 | 10 min. | Alexis Bigby (Aaniiih Nakoda / Gros Ventre & Assiniboine)

People of the Aaniiih and Nakoda Tribes pay tribute to their enduring culture.

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Melanin

USA | 2021 | 2 min. | Jamara Putney, Josephine Silva

Melanin is beautiful. Period.

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Pie

United Kingdom | 2020 | 8 min. | Miro Alleyne-McCarthy

Five greedy mouths. One perfect slice of pie.

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Socially Distant

USA | 2021 | 9 min. | Kaden Nathani

Two friends are moving apart and they must come to terms with the truth.

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Sparring

USA | 2019 | 4 min. | Victor Xia

Phillip and his friend playfight in his backyard but are interrupted by the uneasy presence of his abusive father.

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Tearless

USA | 2019 | 4 min. | Lauren Kim

An animation exploring the stigma of tears and the true beauty behind them.

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