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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Andy Lupu, Eugen Oprina | Romania | 2015 | 6 m Romanian with English Subtitles It was simply meant to be a pleasant day out. A car trip with Mum and Dad. But 10 year old Alex soon discovers that her parents are on the verge of separating. And Alex’s only wish is that this trip will… Read more »

Sour Milk

Rania Iraki | United Kingdom | 2015 | 30 m A dark intriguing story that is an exploration of control and obsession. Nicky just started at Northwick Secondary school and already has to can keep an eye on two girls in her class as their grades have become inconsistent. But it’s the girls friend Josie that… Read more »

Too Fast

Günter Kaser | Austria | 2015 | 23 m German with English Subtitles Best friends, a special day, one night that gets out of control. It’s the end of term. Mona celebrates the beginning of the holidays with her friends Lisa, Joana and Paul and lots of beer at the beach. Mona’s new boyfriend is missing… Read more »


Roger Hyams | United Kingdom | 2015 | 12 m Alex and Jane arrive at a Travelodge, somewhere near a motorway, somewhere in England. A few days before, Alex began to suspect Jane of having an affair. She’d told him she was on an Awayday; she wasn’t, and he couldn’t reach her on her mobile. His… Read more »

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

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 »

Risky Game (Va Banque)

Stefan Plepp, Christine Kabisch | Germany | 2016 | 11 m German with English Subtitles Melanie gets beaten by her father when she has bad grades in school. When She fails in a test, she tries to blackmail her teacher by blaming him of sexual harassment. He appears to be a nerd, the ideal victim. But the reason… Read more »