2017 SXSW Film Festival Selections: Documentary Shorts [Video]

These shorts were originally screened as part of the SXSW 2017 Documentary Shorts Competition.

The stories in this program address subjects like technology, art, health, dance, sexuality, and migration through diverse, creative personal prisms. We love to highlight films that present new ways to inspire through innovation and passion, and this selection offers a great example of those voices that excite us.

Check out more great short films from past editions of SXSW on our SXSW Film Festival Vimeo Channel.

2017 SXSW Documentary Short Film Selections

Gut Hack directed by Kate McLean and Mario Furloni

A former NASA scientist turned bio-hacker attempts an experiment that makes him confront the multitudes inside.

The Moderators directed by Ciaran Cassidy and Adrian Chen

A group of new employees at a consultancy in India are trained in their responsibilities as the moderating backbone of the Internet.

Perfectly Normal directed by Joris Debeij

A high-functioning autistic man balancing reality with his imaginary world, proves that one can make deliberate choices to find stability and to be more present in life.

Raised by Krump directed by Maceo Frost

Raised by Krump is a 22-minute documentary film that explores the Compton/South Central, Los Angeles-born dance movement called “Krumping,” and the lives and emotional issues of some of the area’s most influential and prolific dancers.

Refuge directed by Matthew K. Firpo

Refuge is a multimedia project chronicling human stories from the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope. Shot on location in Greece, January 2016.

Übermensch directed by Jesper Dalgaard

Two transient young men break into an empty church by the sea to form a blood pact: to get rid of their childhood demons and escape the cycle of anxiety and authorities. "It's not really goth to be afraid of the darkness" they agree.

Other documentary shorts that were part of the SXSW 2017 program, but are not yet available to watch on Vimeo include:

The Collection directed by Adam Roffman
Little Potato directed by Wes Hurley and Nathan M. Miller
Nidal directed by Tarek Turkey
No Harm No Foul directed by Cheng Zhang
Waiting for Hassana directed by Ifunanya "Funa" Maduka
The Watchmaker directed by Marie-Cécile Embleton

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By Claudette Godfrey