2021 Play the Fool International Short Film Festival

Congratulations to our 12 official selections and prize-winning 2-minute films.

With over 200 films submitted, and nearly 80 on the long-list, competition was fierce! Official selections and prizes are determined by an independent jury of peers and experts.

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Opéra dans mon salon (Parlor Opera House)

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Jury’s Choice
Artists' Choice
Artists’ Choice

Gérome Barry and Charles Jaeger – Paris, France

A quarantined Parisian attends the opera in his own flat.

FB: @geromebarryfilmmaker  | IG: geromebarry


Leila Ahang, Sara Hanif, Maryam Alavi, Marziyeh Kordloo – Tehran, Iran

A restless fish named Moslem half asleep on a seeweed is startled by a luminous ring.



Dayna Lea Hoffmann and Jan Henderson – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada/amiskwaciwâskahikan

Ernie and Ghetti, a gripping tale of love, loss, and appetite.

IG: arcenicat


Sun non flower

Reza Sarbakhsh – Tehran, Iran

Sunflower needs Sun but what happens when Clouds get in the way?


Onion v.s. The C-lownavirus

Meegan Sweet – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada/amiskwaciwâskahikan

Cooped up far too long during the C-lownavirus pandemic, Onion foolishly goes outside.

IG: mothsocks

Behind The Scenes

Emily Shordon, Amy L. Wright, Daniel Ravanelli, Patrick Paguio, Elliott Holland-Crouch – Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Fjord, a battle-hardened hunter, prepares for his most glorious fight yet – the client.



Red Nose Award Laurel
Best of the Fest

Helena Bittencourt & Goos Meeuwsen – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Surreal comedy of a married couple of performers who find their house invaded by their alter egos.


Whose Chair

Mik Kuhlman & Hilary Chaplain – New York City, U.S.A.

Silent comedy where two people vie for the same chair.


Ballet Class: At Home Edition

Anastasia Maywood – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada/amiskwaciwâskahikan

Interpretation of a ballet class through the eyes of a fool.



Clare Mullen – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada/amiskwaciwâskahikan

Something is lurking in the woods. Can our hero survive this horrible ordeal?

W: scenicrouteentertainment.ca


Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Sane

Nick Hales – Bristol, United Kingdom

The decline of a worker over lockdown caught in just 60 seconds. A story that may, or may not echo my own days of the Covid pandemic in front of the computer screen…

W: flatbadger.co.uk | IG: flatbadger_animation



Golden Nose Award Laurel
Best of Edmonton/Amiskwaciwâskahikan

Abby McDougall – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada/amiskwaciwâskahikan

Tot just wants to go to sleep after a long day but her busy, unwanted thoughts seem to get in the way.



Views and opinions expressed in Play the Fool Festival Short Film Competition film entries do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Play the Fool Festival, Hit That Jive Productions, or Film Festival Jury members.