Short Narrative

  • Directed By

    Marie Glichitch

    A Fine Stew

    Easter Sunday. Catherine has cooked her stew, Manon is hungover, Jacques is late. Dad is getting married and Pierre is the one who has to announce it. It would be just a normal family meal ... if there wasn't a dead cat in the freezer ...

    Desert Dunes

    Belgium

    20m

  • Directed By

    Ariella Mastroianni, Ryan Sloan

    A Message for James

    Two estranged friends, Alice and Dani, meet in Ireland to deliver an unopened letter to a distant relative on the anniversary of the event that tore their friendship apart.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    18m

  • Directed By

    Kathryn Gueli

    Cooties

    This off-beat melodrama centers around a teenage boy, whose helicopter parents do not know his best friend is a sex toy.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    14m

  • Directed By

    Olivia Chiesi

    Decrescendo

    Young Benjamin, an avid music lover, reluctantly arrives to his estranged family's mansion for an imposed lunch. As the tense get-together moves forward, he progressively and inexplicably begins to lose his hearing.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    11m

  • Directed By

    Karl Ryan Erikson

    Disarray Days

    A dejected man battles with a cruel universe while he inadvertently robs a store with an enigmatic hitchhiker.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    15m

  • Directed By

    Julia C Liu

    Driving While Black Magic

    Nadege has to work late again, leaving Reggie and their dog Fatboy waiting at their new house. During her commute home she tries to block out the news, as protests erupt in Providence Plantations over another state sanctioned killing. Instead, she listens to her self help tape, teachings from Obeah the Spirit Mother. As Nadege recites her daily affirmations for decolonization, the line between nightmarish premonition and reality starts to blur.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    8m

  • Directed By

    Sinclair Rankin

    Drown the Clown

    When a young girl fails to dunk a clown at a county fair, her father steps up to avenge her loss. An escalation ensues, and as the clown's remarks cut closer to the bone, the father gets more caught up in the game than he intended.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    8m

  • Directed By

    Keir Politz

    Entropia

    When a valuable Steinway grand piano is stolen from under his care, an antique piano restorer and his partner are determined to save the piano and complete the job.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    26m

  • Directed By

    Jamie DiNicola

    Fratello

    Fratello explores the ways in which gender warps and infiltrates intimacy.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    9m

  • Directed By

    India Donaldson

    Hannahs

    A woman cons her way into another woman’s apartment, resulting in a strange and intimate encounter.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    14m

  • Directed By

    Ian Tierney

    I Love My Wife...

    Richard Feynman is one of the most widely celebrated physicists of all time. Following his death in 1988, a sealed envelope was discovered among his personal effects. Inside was a letter written by Feynman to his high-school sweetheart and first wife Arline, unearthing a private tragedy that he had suffered when he was just 28. This is a short about that powerful letter.

    Desert Dunes

    United Kingdom

    6m

  • Directed By

    Derek Pastuszek

    Islander

    the storm took everything...but, now, pieces have begun to wash ashore.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    12m

  • Directed By

    Iago de Soto

    La Guarida (The Den)

    Mario is driving under the rain. It’s dark in a lonely road. Suddenly he has to stop. In the middle of the way there’s a woman. She is disorientated and covered in blood. She doesn’t remember where she’s been or what happened to her.

    Desert Dunes

    Spain

    15m

  • Directed By

    Sam Vinal

    L’Eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life): From Standing Rock To The Swamp

    On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    25m

  • Directed By

    Alex Markman

    Mallory Meditates

    Mallory attempts to start her day with a simple meditation, but is soon overwhelmed by distractions both in her environment and in her head. A look at the anxieties present in our age of uncertainty with a comedic, surrealist bent.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    5m

  • Directed By

    Aimee Hoffman

    Micky

    In San Francisco where homelessness is rapidly growing, a young woman travels the streets in search of a home and independence, but discovers that comfort is not always a place.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    12m

  • Directed By

    Patrick O'Brien

    Moneybag Head

    Dennis, a lonely sad sack with an unfortunate cranial deformity, finds himself romantically entangled with Catherine, a charming political cartoonist. After the two share an intensely intimate night together, Dennis is happier than he’s ever been… until he sees Catherine’s latest cartoon.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    15m

  • Directed By

    Gerard Zarra

    My New Pants

    A dark comedy about a man who becomes obsessed with his newly purchased pair of pants.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    20m

  • Directed By

    Luca Padrini

    Paese Che Vai - When In Rome

    Set in a small town in the Italian countryside, a young and handsome Alfredo returns home after a long time along with his partner Mattia, an African American man. After meeting Alfredo's grandmother, the sweet and crazy Donna Maria, the pair go to see Alfredo's father, Sor Pucci. Alfredo must break the news to his old-fashioned father about his secret. Little did he know his secret will churn into a series of unexpected comic events. This tongue-in-cheek comedy runs parallels alongside on the choices we make.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    11m

  • Directed By

    Nora Jaenicke

    Proof

    PROOF is a film about a young couple that celebrates their love and their individual and shared struggles, in a world where immigration becomes an increasingly polarized and polarizing societal issue.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    11m

  • Directed By

    Bryan Burton

    Push The Point

    A musical short film set between the worlds of fandom and pop culture, PUSH THE POINT follows four online gamers through their squad-based mission. Harder than defeating the red team, however, is sticking together while trying to navigate toxicity, super-fandom, and the futility of having an argument on the internet.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    7m

  • Directed By

    Matthew Brennan

    Summer Vacation

    A teenage girl navigates sexuality and intimacy via a dating app.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    11m

  • Directed By

    Tomomi Muraguchi

    The Beautiful Logic

    Kamata who is Programmer seeks all kinds of lean logic and throws away his own existence. On the other hand, Kuna, a lover, is likely to lose the source of love for a lover who gradually disappears in the same life with Kamata.

    Desert Dunes

    Japan

    22m

  • Directed By

    Ernie O'Donnell

    The Seventh Day

    On the Seventh Day God rested and his evil henchmen were tested. On the final day three men of the cloth, a bartender and a lone patron will debate the current status of child abuse in the church. Their will be answers or their will be judgement.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    16m

  • Directed By

    Adan Canto

    The Shot

    A young mother is forced to extreme measures when a Texas Ranger and his mysterious partner seek shelter from the rain. Set in 1844, Republic of Texas, The Shot is a story of survival and prejudice.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    20m

  • Directed By

    Ivan Kander

    Truth or Scare

    On Halloween night, a friendship is tested when an innocent game turns sinister.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    9m

  • Directed By

    David Bornstein

    Unholy 'Mole

    A selfish man sells the soul of his unborn child to Satan in exchange for forcing his wife to make guacamole for him. Things go wrong...

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    6m

  • Directed By

    Adam Meeks

    Union County

    A young man in rural Ohio navigates a drug court recovery program and the return of his ex-girlfriend.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    14m

  • Directed By

    Greg Yagolnitzer, Brendan Walter

    Walt

    An animated short that follows a small, egg-shaped creature named Walt as he struggles with ordinary life in New York City.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    4m

  • Directed By

    Tim Disbrow

    Yet Another

    Cooped up inside and overcome with boredom, a young boy ventures out of the house to find a little excitement--but it's not the first time.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    3m

  • Directed By

    Darren E. McInerney

    Zero Day

    A novice backpacker hits the Appalachian Trail hoping to commune with the great outdoors. But his plans for solitude and introspection are soon tested when he encounters a mysterious couple who seem bent on destroying his fragile psyche.

    Desert Dunes

    United States

    22m

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