Narrative Shorts

Welcoming Arms

Description

92 year old Johnny has been blowing kisses to traffic 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for 30 years. The children of Bermuda translate his mad ritual.


Cast & Crew

Director: Roseanne Ma

Cast:
Johnny Barnes
Guy Cabral
Catherine Camara
Stephen Camara
Ed Christopher
Marley Hines

Taylor Hines
Charlotte Rose
Madeline Rose
Jahkumani Smith
Hannah Rose Snelling
Josh Snelling
Sara Vallis


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Wayward

Description

Wayward is a teen drama, about exploring and challenging boundaries in search for identity. Alex's identity as a tomboy is challenged from within and by her peers. She is 14 years old and her body is undergoing changes, yet she continues to insist on the tomboy identity.


Cast & Crew

Director: Kira Richards Hansen

Cast:
Rosalina Krøyer
Frederik Winter Rasmussen
Ashcon Hamedi Nejad
Anne Sofie Espersen


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Wait 'til the Wolves Make Nice

Description

Five kids turn their innocence to ashes on a hot summer day in southwest Detroit.


Cast & Crew

Director: Jessica dela Merced

Cast:
Daron Colbert
Tyler Ward
Kahari Benson
Jacarre Woodruff
Miles Houser


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Tough

Description

TOUGH is a poignant tale that follows the story of Marcus and Larry, a complicated father and son relationship caused by years of disconnect. This film confronts issues of identity, self-awareness, fatherhood, and family. The title itself is a play on masculinity within the American society and within the African American community and asks the question "What does it really mean to be a 'tough' individual?" And "Can one truly be accepted for who they really are even if it contradicts one own ideology?"


Cast & Crew

Director: Alfonso Johnson

Cast:
John Earl Jelks
Jude Tibeau
Gillian Glasco
Kymbali Craig
Noelle LuSane
Reynaldo Piniella
Jaiden Cutler


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Times of Competition

Description

After Marcio lost his scholarship on the preparatory course, he faces his last chance to be approved to Med school. As the qualification exam approaches, he dive's himself into an universe of competition, paranoia, and violence.


Cast & Crew

Director: Toti Loureiro & Ruy Prado

Cast:
Vinicius Tardio
Adilson Azevedo
Rodrigo Stoppa
Abdias Neto
Pedro Peduti


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The Waltz

Description

An immigrant mother faces an out of control hoarding compulsion and a crumbling marriage when she stumbles upon waltz lessons and tries to reclaim her life through dance.


Cast & Crew

Director: Trevor Zhou

Cast:
Ruth Zhang
Lu Yu
Edward Furs


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The Walk

Description

In the harshness of the Arizona desert a Mexican man and his son are faced with a major crisis of conscience as they try to cross the border illegally.


Cast & Crew

Director: Alonso Alvarez Barreda

Cast:
Max Arciniega
Ciro Suárez
Adolfo Alvarez
Alonso Alvarez


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The Trophy Thief

Description

Ben is a young soccer player who believes that winning his team’s MVP trophy will solve his family problems. His mother has recently separated from her long-term boyfriend Cam, and both Ben and her are still living in grief. When the awards day finally comes, Ben misses out to his friend Mike, who can barely kick a ball. He is also the son of Cam’s new girlfriend. Horrified at the injustice, Ben sets out to steal what’s rightfully his, but is caught by Cam in the process. It opens up huge personal wounds for Ben that he doesn’t want to deal with, and as a result, forces him to confront whom his real friends are… and what is real, and what is illusion.


Cast & Crew

Director: Dave Edwards

Cast:
Isaac Natoli
Ben Wood
Kate Skinner
Charlie Fraser
Duncan Fellows


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The Trade

Description

From prostitution to human trafficking to porn, "The Trade" follows a day in the life of a young prostitute searching for her mother and a photojournalist searching for his missing daughter. A handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they all play their respective parts in this dark and dirty place where sex rules and green is the only color that matters.


Cast & Crew

Director: Michael A. Pinckney

Cast:
Prentiss Marquis
Daniel J. O’Brien
Tobias Truvillion


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The Reunion

Description

Four teenage girls the morning after a party where one of the girls awakens from a drunken blackout and finds out she's a victim of sexual assault.  Sequestered in the privacy of their bedroom, the friends debate what to do next: call the police, tell their parents or keep it a secret.


Cast & Crew

Director: Carmen Elly Wilkerson

Cast:
Gigi Lemaire
Lex Scott Davis
Thema Chapple
Alina Wilson


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The Call

Description

Sibongiseni is an emotionally isolated taxi driver. When Purity, the prostitute whose services he regularly patronises, tells him that she is pregnant and points out that the child is likely to be his, Sibongiseni agrees to pay for the abortion. However as the prospect of the termination grows nearer, Sibongiseni finds himself conflicted. Can he save the child that could be potentially his? Has he earned the right to make that ultimate bond when he knows nothing of connecting and living for anyone but himself? And can he learn to start changing or is it too late for him?


Cast & Crew

Director: Zamo Mkhwanazi

Cast:
Fana Mokoena
MoMo Matsunyane
Abena Ayivor
Ronnie Nyakale


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Tap Shoes & Violins

Description

Both Charlie and Scott often feel out of place but during a brief encounter at their favorite coffee shop they feel as if they might have just met someone special. But neither ask for the others phone number and return home wishing they can go back in time. They return back to the coffee shop hoping to run into each other once again but only continue to miss each other. When Charlie's roommate and best friend Madison ironically meets Scott in her own pursuit to date a nice guy, and Scott finally asks a girl out after being hassled by his best friend Cole to stop being so picky, Scott and Charlie’s lives intertwine once again. Are they destined to finally meet or will the complexities of love cause each of them to give up all together?


Cast & Crew

Director: Dax Brooks

Cast:
Jessica Williams
Michael McCusker
Shannon Kane
Brandon Bell


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Taking Chance

Description

Chance, a young aspiring artist from Brooklyn, wants nothing more but to achieve his dreams of making it big. He looks forward to creating music that speaks to a loving and peaceful world. However, in today's' society, such ambitions can prove difficult especially in a community where the mantra 'do or die' still has a strong hold on those around him. With the state of social media and a culture that follows your every move, Chance faces overwhelming pressure from his alpha brother and peers alike, to face a bully he would rather reason with or ignore. If only someone else was on his side...


Cast & Crew

Director: Jerry Lamothe

Cast:
Dajour Chuck
Corey Knight
De'on Ragin
Nathanya Alexander
Jahkiah Ross
Domonique Pettway


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Stomach

Description

As everyone knows, disgrace loves company. When the soldier Leonardo Hubert decide to run away from the army across the desert, he find a nurse with a hidden gun inside of a truck. Surviving will become a priority so, the decisions of each of them will draw the thin line between life and death. However a third presence appears, much more fragile than both of them. And that changes everything.


Cast & Crew

Director: Javier Kühn

Cast:
Emily Behr
Alexis Michalik
Ava Lovell


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Stanhope

Description

Stanhope is a drama about a teenage inner city kid from Brooklyn, New York who gets caught up in a web of violence as a paid assassin.


Cast & Crew

Director: Solvan Naim

Cast:
Malik Lockett
Johnnie Mae
Nedra McClyde
Rob Morgan


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Standing8

Description

A determined journeyman boxer begins experiencing seizures after killing an opponent in the ring in the lead-up to his first title-fight, jeopardizing his sanity and his entire way of life.


Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Molina Minard

Cast:
Jon Michael Hill
Germar T Gardner
Alfie Fuller


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South Arcadia Street

Description

A day at school turns volatile when a traumatized student and a new inner-city teacher inadvertently go head to head.


Cast & Crew

Director: Melanie D'Andrea

Cast:
Vanessa Born
Edwin Walker


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Since I Laid Eyes

Description

Two former lovers, Charlie and Ilene, reconnect over drinks after breaking up six years ago. They explore the reasons that their secret relationship failed, while trying to decide whether or not to rekindle their dysfunctional romance.


Cast & Crew

Director: Adele Morales

Cast:
Gina Rodriguez
Berto Colon


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Roubado

Description

A teen photographer in the south of France develops a tense relationship with his mother's new boyfriend after his parents' recent breakup.


Cast & Crew

Director: Erica A. Watson

Cast:
Darrell Lake
Jean-Pierre Vertus
Mickaëlle Bizet
Tiffany Tenille


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Only Light

Description

When a young girl is kidnapped from the Congo and sold as a sex worker to the U.S., she finds an escape from reality by watching a teenage girl next door.


Cast & Crew

Director: Evita M. Castine

Cast:
Kennedy Zimet
Brooke McNeal
Aaron D. Spears
Michole White and Michael Beach


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