Narrative Short

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Ajit Giri | India | 2016 | 1 m Ajit Giri belongs from the North Eastern part of India, Assam. He has no formal training in cinema, as he believes in learning through watching movies and reading scripts. He has already won many awards for his first short film “Seni”. Cast Vrishab Das

Theo and Sophy

Robert Maffia | United States | 2016 | 8 m A traveling performance artist illuminates the solitary world of a physically impaired man. Cast Annabelle Larsen Robert Maffia Rodney Reyes Cheri Campbell

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Luke McKay | Australia | 2015 | 13 m A former sports phenomenon looks to settle a score with the man he believes is responsible for destroying his life – his brother. Cast Ivan Ford Dean Kyrwood Simon Lyndon Aaron Scully Franck Zuanic John Manning Viewing Instructions


R.D. Womack II | United States | 2016 | 8 m Facebook When Melissa, a single mother, and her daughter Alison have the neighbors over, things quickly get out of hand. Alison’s dog Chippy accidentally bites the neighbor girl, forcing Melissa to make a difficult choice. Cast Ashley Atwood KylieRae Condon Doris Morgado Corrina Verrengia… Read more »

Till Death

Tomori Tsubasa | United States | 2016 | 55 m Facebook | Twitter Amy (Camilla Ståhl), a bitchy former beauty queen, wakes up next to her own unconscious body in the hospital. Death (Cynthia Cheston) comes to her and explains that she had been pushed and temporarily died, but was revived. Amy must now decide to return… Read more »


Jeff Balmert | United States | 2016 | 3 m Monday is a narrative short film, showing two very different journeys through the toughest day of the week. This is the first official film of White Ball Productions, which started as a team of two friends and filmmakers from Pittsburgh, Jeff Balmert and John Rokosz. The project… Read more »

Loyal to the Game

John Michael Nolan | United States | 2016 | 36 m Facebook | Twitter After learning that his quarterback is holding out for a new contract, aging all pro wide receiver Tyrese Davis (Juste) decides to ask management for an extension. Previously immune to the business side of things, Tyrese quickly learns that sometimes in the game… Read more »


Manan Singh Katohora | United States | 2015 | 13 m After dealing with a series of extreme characters during a speed-dating event for senior citizens, an elderly woman meets a charming, exotic gentleman. Cast Anne Stone Manoj Tiwari Carlos Macher Raoul Anderson Scott Zeiss Timothy Sayles

Not the End of the World

Jordan Heron | Canada | 2015 | 13 m Chris has to save the world, by facing up to an old family curse, before grabbing a coffee and heading to work for the day. Cast Jordan Heron Adam Nicholson

Color of Life

Robert Butler | United States | 2015 | 24 m What do you say when someone has lost a loved one? What can you say that brings comfort and peace to them? What can you say that they can hold onto during these troubled times? The short film Color Of Life explores this very subject. How does… Read more »