7 Short Films to Watch at the 2022 Coast Film & Music Festival 

Films come in all shapes, sizes, and topics. When you think of a great film, your mind may go towards a full-length film of about several hours. Yet some of the best films ever made are much shorter.

Short films are more accessible to both filmmakers and audiences, and post a challenge to fit a compelling narrative in just a handful of minutes. Yet, when a short film is done properly, it will blow you away. At the 2022 Coast Film & Music Festival, there are dozens of short films on display surrounding the environment, our oceans, and the great outdoors. 

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Elevated

Climbing is hard no matter who you are. Now imagine climbing while completely deaf. Better yet, watch this film and learn exactly how Sonya Wilsom overcame the odds and pave the way for a more accessible world.

Screening time: Fri, Nov 11th, 9:00 AM @ Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach

Available online: November 17, 12:00 AM - November 27, 12:00 AM, 2022

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The Baker

If you’ve heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’, then you appreciate the importance of good food. Matthew Jones would agree with you, and teaches us about baking in this compelling narrative about overcoming adversity.

Screening Time: Fri, Nov 11th, 9:00 AM @ Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach

Available online: November 17, 12:00 AM - November 27, 12:00 AM, 2022

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I Am Salmon

If you don’t think salmon are magical animals, think again. Watch this film to learn about the evolution of salmon and start to understand how incredible and beautiful nature really is. 

Screening Time: Fri, Nov 11th, 9:00 AM @ Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach

Available online: November 17, 12:00 AM - November 27, 12:00 AM, 2022

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Journey to 100

For a regular hiker, summiting one impressive mountain is something to be proud of. Yet Journey to 100 brings this to a whole new level in a mission to be the fastest of all time to conquer 100 mountain peaks.

Screening Time: Fri, Nov 11th, 9:00 AM @ Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach

Available online: November 17, 12:00 AM - November 27, 12:00 AM, 2022

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Common Thread

Film is something that can and should be celebrated around the entire world. That’s exactly what Common Thread does by highlighting different people from all walks of life with one message: let’s secure a liveable future for us all.

Screening Time: Sun, Nov 13th, 11:00 AM @ Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach

Available online: November 17, 12:00 AM - November 27, 12:00 AM, 2022

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The Color of Winter

This took not one, not two, but five winters to film on the San Diego coastline. Any surf lover is sure to be impressed by what these filmmakers and surfers were able to accomplish.

Screening Time: Sat, Nov 12th, 9:00 AM @ Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach

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Fight or Flight

This 8-minute film packs a mighty punch that will leave you wishing you were a pilot too. The story of the first female pilot to work for Colorado Parks and Wildlife gives a new perspective on what the sky can offer us.

Screening Time: Sun, Nov 13th, 11:00 AM @ Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach

While different films will resonate with different people, here are some key takeaways about these incredible short films.

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Key Takeaways
  • You don’t need to produce a full-length feature film to tell a story, and can sometimes tell something even better in as little as one minute.
  • Short films offer a great way to get to know somebody and learn about their story in a way that’s digestible and accessible to wide audiences. 
  • From food to mountains to surfing and more, films can take the shape of whatever you want them to and contribute to a greater good of improving the state of the world.