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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Noel Harris | Canada | 2016 | 15 m Facebook | Twitter When a single mom, facing eviction, is offered a night’s work, she unsuccessfully seeks a babysitter for her two small children. Desperate, she reaches out to the last person she wants to ask for a favour. Cast Darryl Hopkins Krystin Pellerin Jorja King Viewing Instructions


Nathalie Álvarez Mesén | Sweden | 2015 | 17 m Swedish with English Subtitles During a family party in the countryside, we follow Nia and her cousin Teo, whose relationship balances on the edge of what is considered normative. A film about power, sexuality, love and the urge to explore. Viewing Instructions

Bits of Love

Anton Schilli | Germany | 2015 | 30 m German with English Subtitles The Drama deals with the effects of digital media technologies on people in our society and shows the advantages and disadvantages which possibly can occur. Felix must decide between the real and the digital world in order to save his sister and overcome the… Read more »

The Other Woman, Zizi’s Dream

Zizi Rincolisky | Ireland | 2016 | 14 m In Zizi’s dream, like in any dream, the logic of time and action as well as cultural censorship is abolished. Bizarre, senseless actions occur simultaneously to ‘normal’ ones and no one in the dream is taking notice. Repressed sexual desire can go wild and no guilt or shame… Read more »


Karen Veninga-Zaricor | United Kingdom | Production Year | 12 m A short dramatic film focusing on two sisters sharing their grief after the death of their mother.This tragedy brings them closer together they start to believe wounds can heal. Viewing Instructions

Nolens Volens

Piet Sonck | Country | Production Year | 18 m Dutch with English Subtitles Facebook Jenny, the school teacher’s pet, meets up with Master Johnny, to discuss the main role in the local school play & demands for a costume check before finally deciding. But what is her older sister Jennifer up to ? … Viewing… Read more »


Sergio Postigo Cruz | Spain | Production Year | 8 m Facebook | Twitter 1940. A year had already passed since Second World War had broke out and the Nazi troops were destroying everything in their path with the ambition of conquering Europe. Hundreds of families were forced to abandon their homes to escape from that horror,… Read more »


Juan Martin Torruco | México | 2016 | 15 m Spanish with English Subtitles A glance into the life of Ángel, a lonely young man who seeks to belong. Viewing Instructions

The Last Picture

WJ Egmond, Franz Schepers | Germany | 2015 | 30 m “Imagine going over the same routine again and again on every day of the full moon. Doing this for more than 30 years that routine becomes all you live for. Over time it is shaped and perfected that it can be executed without a flaw, almost… Read more »


Pieter & Joachim De Saeger – Dejonghe | Belgium | 2016 | 30 m Dutch with English Subtitles Go-getting head of department Eefje rolls into a well-integrated team where she is faced with three old hands. She wants to ‘streamline’ the department with modern management techniques but quickly finds herself skating on thin ice with one of… Read more »