2023 Short Films

FFF is proud to announce the Shorts for 2023.


Each year we are proud to present a selection of short films submitted to our festival, juried by a panel of jurors. We greatly appreciate their contribution to this year’s festival.

View this year’s jury here.

Shorts Presentation

Saturday 4:00 PM at Library

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USA | 3 min | Experimental
Bill Richardson

Some loves are bigger than the ocean. A beautiful story about the power of love.

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USA | 7 min | Drama
James M Meyers

An OCD Health Inspector must face his nemesis while inspecting an Axe Throwing Bar.

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Blue Hour

USA | 16 min | Drama
J.D. Shields

Two personal journeys intersect when a struggling young photographer is hired for a cheap last minute portrait gig. The unfolding photo session, while transient, leaves an indelible mark on both women.

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Don’t You Go Nowhere

USA | 8 min | Drama
Bryan Poyser

A jazz dynamo belts his way through his weekly set until he makes an unexpected connection with an audience member.

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Freedom Swimmer

UK | 15 min | Doc/Animation
Olivia Martin McGuire

The tale of a grandfather’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution parallels escaping Hong Kong as new National Security Laws set in.

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Getting A Yes

USA | 4 min | Comedy
Matt Webb

Bing is nervous about making his big call, but his manager Matt is there to pump him up.

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Goodbye For Now

USA | 5 min | Drama
Clayton Habecker, Eric Mitro

A man is faced with one of the hardest decisions of his life, pushing him to second guess the sad truth that lies on the table in front of him.

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USA | 6 min | Comedy
Caleb Suggs

If it’s love you’re makin’, then you better start shakin’!

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AL | 5 min | Comedy
Rusty Enger

Sometimes the best intentions can be the worst ideas.

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USA | 13 min | Drama
Monique Barsh, Vallon Holcomb

A single mother raising a black son can be one of the hardest things to do. With dodging the streets and the ones in blue one wrong move can end in blood shed.

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Trashy Waters

AL | 13 min | Documentary
Randal Crow

Alabama is not a dumpster.
Litter washing into our waterways is a problem not only affecting our pocketbooks and well-being, but it also spoils our enjoyment of Alabama’s great outdoors.
Join a passionate group of watershed guardians as they address the enormous issue of litter accumulating in our creeks, streams and rivers

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Tropical Mind

USA | 6 min | Comedy
Bryce Mackie

One man’s dream for a tropical paradise.

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USA | 6 min | Comedy
Stephen Savage & Kevin Zhou

When faced with some of life’s more difficult questions, often the answer lies within.
And sometimes a mermaid stops by.

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The 2023 Fairhope Film Festival will be featuring a new category of programming this year.
The Fairhope Film Festival’s Fairhope 48 for Future Filmmakers’, or ‘Fairhope 48‘ for short, will be a special competition, open exclusively to high schoolers in Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama, and will run concurrently with other festival programming during the week of November 9-12, 2023.

The program will follow the standard structure of the 48-hour film challenges that have gained popularity in recent years: participants receive an intermutual script, along with a list of ‘Fairhope elements’ which must be depicted somewhere throughout the completed short. After a shotgun start, a time limit of 48 hours is allotted to produce, record, edit and deliver the finished piece. The completed shorts will be judged and exhibited at a dedicated awards function at the end of the weekend.

Daphne High School film studies teacher, Griffin Hood, a professional actor, writer and director, is partnering with the FFF in organizing the students’ participation and mentoring throughout

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