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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A Theory of Colours: The Origin of White Light Part 1 (Farbenlehre: Der Ursprung Weißen Lichts Teil 1)

Peter Jonas | Germany | 2015 | 34 m German with English Subtitles First part of a film about competing theories of colours. A journey to find the origin of white.


Zhao Yu | China | 2016 | 30 m Chinese with English Subtitles The film tells that a programmer named “Shu” encountered a tough problem when breaking a program and he was confused and turned to another programmer named b for help. B told one secrete to “Shu” that the whole world has been deeply enveloped in… Read more »

The Thread (Fonál)

Arpad Gorogh | Hungary | 2016 | 18:00 Hungarian with English Subtitles Real men are tough. Real men do not show their emotions – they just take what is theirs. But what happens when the things you took take possession of you? Máté, a man around thirty who has seen better days, seeks refuge in a… Read more »

Miss Eleonoora and the Bottom of the Bottle (Neiti Eleonoora ja pullonpohja)

Pauliina Talikka | Finland | 2013 | 6 m Finnish with English Subtitles Old Miss Eleonoora collects empty bottles from the streets. When the night falls she returns to her apartment and starts to build something extraordinary. Miss Eleonoora robs from the poor to give the rich an ability to see.

Sweethurt (Coups de coeur)

Sandrine Becquart | France | 2015 | 35 m French with English Subtitles An evening like many other nights A couple meets friends around dinner. Then friends are leaving, and the masks come off. This night will be fraught with danger, maybe the last night. Viewing Instructions


Felix Schaffert | Switzerland | 2015 | 17 m German with English Subtitles Both mother and daughter have the same blond hair down to their hips, wear the same clothes and the interior of their bedrooms are identical. Harmony, a nine-year-old girl, lives in symbiosis with her mother. Strolling down the streets in their designer clothes they’re… Read more »

Brandy & Pep

Tim Pope | United Kingdom | 2015 | 13 m Brandy & Pep is a character driven piece that takes place in one location on the night before a funeral. Angie (early 30’s) has returned to the family home for the first time in 16 years on the day before a funeral. She spends the evening… Read more »

The Other Place

Mareike Engelhardt | France | 2016 | 11 m Based on Becketts “Rockaby” the film follows an elderly owner of a hair salon slowly realizing that her life will never change and that she missed out on what she had most wanted.


Isabelle Tillou | France | 2015 | 17 m French with English Subtitles A Philosophy teacher tells the story of Cybèle and her neighbour who lives on the other side of the street. The man is a little too intrusive, a little too confident….

Saint Jude (San Juditas)

Jacopo Fontana | Mexico | 2015 | 13 m Spanish with English Subtitles Jesus wants to change his life, to do so he entrusts his destiny to Saint Jude Thaddaeus and decides to make a vow, as his family always did. During his journey to the saint’s temple, being accompanied by his friend Esteban, several events occur… Read more »