Narrative Shorts


Spanning a range of styles, emotions, and techniques, this year’s collection of short films offers something for everyone. The vision of these directors is a glimpse into the promising future of narrative filmmaking.

Night Shift A day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub. (Dir. by Marshall Tyler, 2017, USA, 16 mins.)

The Man Who Forgot to Breathe A man who has recently quarreled with his wife forgets to breathe while sleeping one night. (Dir. by Saman Hosseinpur, 2017, Iran, in Kurdish with subtitles, 15 mins.)

American Paradise A forgotten man in Trump’s America attempts to shift his fate with the perfect crime. Inspired by true events. (Dir. by Joe Talbot, 2017, USA, 18 mins.)

Dadyaa: The Woodpeckers of Rotha In their remote village, haunted by memories, Atimaley and Devi find themselves faced with a dilemma when a dear friend leaves without saying goodbye. (Dir. by Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurung, 2016, Nepal, in Nepali with subtitles, 17 mins.)

Lostfound A day in the life of a woman in the Nation of Islam. (Dir. by Shakti Bhagchandani, 2017, USA, 12 mins.)

Bookends A young woman’s homecoming is complicated by reminders of why she left in the first place. (Dir. by Dominic Villarrubia, 2017, USA, 11 mins.)
With director Dominic Villarrubia in person!

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