Narrative Shorts

Marianne

Description

A young, Nigerian man travels to a remote Pentecostal church with his terminally ill wife.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tomisin Adepeju

Cast:
Tobi Bakare
Vivienne Bell
Femi Ogunjobi


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Mandala

Description

After losing her lover, a young artist tries to overcome her grief by succumbing to a mysterious request by a Tibetan monk.


Cast & Crew

Director: Guan Xi

Cast:
Sarah Li
Duo Bu Jie
Omar Avila
Sonam Droka
Kelsang Metok Lahaksampa


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The Loyalist

Description

A North Korean general checks in on his daughter at a Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to her motherland.


Cast & Crew

Director: Minji Kang

Cast:
Hyuk-Poong Kwon
Woorim Jung
Jongman Kim


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Love for Passion

Description

Love for Passion tells the story of Jeffrey Love an African-American ballet dancer on the eve of his NYC solo debut. After ten years of estrangement, his father, Darryl shows up seeking forgiveness for a multitude of transgressions. Jeffrey is conflicted as to whether to meet his father or maintain his distance.


Cast & Crew

Director: Nathan Hale Williams

Cast:
James Brown III
Miles Mussenden
Desmond Richardson
Malika Mallette
La Rivers


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Lia

Description

Lia is a 15 year old girl living with the sickle cell disease, who craves nothing more than to be a normal teenager. Fed up of her over protective mother and her disease, Lia stays out late with her friends one day in the hope of seeing her secret crush Ryan. However the day turns sour when Lia's sickle cell betrays her and is left to deal with the repercussions of her choices.


Cast & Crew

Director: Ethosheia Hylton

Cast:
Tiffany Mancini
Linda Mathis
Toheeb Jimoh


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Late Expectations

Description

A young woman's world comes crashing down the day before high school graduation.


Cast & Crew

Director: Laurie Arakaki

Cast:
Thais Francis
Tre'von Lyle
Erica Trumpet
April Armstrong


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King of Guangzhou

Description

King of Guangzhou is a film about Adede, a Nigerian man fighting to stay in China with Mei Ling his pregnant wife. His visa extension has been denied and he is facing imminent deportation. With time running out he is forced to resort to other means of obtaining a visa. Chike, his boyhood friend from Lagos, secures illegal visas from the underground market. He must now decide to risk all he has worked for to obtain an illegal visa or be separated from everything he loves.


Cast & Crew

Director: Quester Hannah

Cast:
Uchenna Onyia
Karen Bee Lin Tan
Michael Onuabuike


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In The Clouds

Description

The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of EN LAS NUBES, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube.


Cast & Crew

Director: Marcelo Mitnik

Cast:
Valeria Blanc
Jeremy Glazer
Martin Piroyansky
Veronica Hassan
Javier Drolas
Maria Canale
Luciano Cazaux
Luz Palazon
Alan Sabbagh
Iair Said


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Human Behavior

Description

A man pays his ex girlfriend an unexpected visit.


Cast & Crew

Director: Carey Williams

Cast:
David Castaneda
Fiorella Vescovi


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Gang

Description

Three young people in Staten Island, New York, search for meaning and identity. As they travel through the city over the length of a single day, they dance, drink, smoke, sing, and try to figure out who they really are with the only people who care: each other.


Cast & Crew

Director: Clayton Vomero

Cast:
Mela Murder
Infinite Coles
Denasia Moore


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Forgiving Chris Brown

Description

Forgiving Chris Brown is a dark comedy short that follows the follies of “Rihanna”, “Halle” and “Tina”. These stylish girlfriends hope to heal their battered hearts through the old-fashioned way – Revenge. The emotional baggage they carry ties them together and makes for some unorthodox fun. Add these three heartsick ladies plus one bound & unrepentant man to the hot desert and watch them sizzle on screen. Things take a gut-wrenching turn when Rihanna must decide once and for all what to do with her “Chris”.


Cast & Crew

Director: Marquette Jones

Cast:
Lodric Collins
Tanda Kerín
Tami Jordan
Tiffany Daniels
Peggy Painton


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Fanta Face

Description

Djamillah is a self-absorbed beauty queen who is obsessed with winning Miss Universe, but can only manage to place second in competition. 'Why?' she wonders, as she is the model of perfection - beauty, brains and body. The only possible thing holding her back, she surmises, is her dark brown complexion. She turns to her best friend and fellow competitor, Everly, for help. Everly's Aunt and Master of the Dark Arts, Aunty V, may have the solution to Djamillah's "problem". Desperate times call for desperate measures....But will it be enough to help Djamillah snag the crown?


Cast & Crew

Director: Yaa Boaa Aning

Cast:
Carlett Martin-Brown
Jani Wang
Cindera Che


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Dubois

Description

A London girl (Linda) recovering from the grief of her husbands death, visits family on the island of Trinidad; there she finds herself strangely drawn to a mentally ill homeless man (Dubois) she sees wandering the streets, and he to her...a metaphysical, spiritual journey follows, ending in an unnerving discovery...
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Kaz Ové

Cast:
Eamonn Walker
Indra Ové
Michael Cherrie


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Dream

Description

A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance at her desert town’s annual carnival, and learns painful lessons about love in the process. Adapted from Nijla Mu'min's short story, "The Carnival," this bittersweet family drama looks at dream and reality in the mind of a developing girl who waits for her truck-driving father to come home.


Cast & Crew

Director: Nijla Mu'min

Cast:
Aramé Scott
Crystal Cotton
Ka'ramuu Kush
Kobie Dozier
Mayumi Rhone


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Debt to Society

Description

The story of Sampson’s first and last day of freedom since being released from prison. When he finds he has nowhere to call home, he wanders into a deli where he gets stuck in the back as a young man named Q holds up the cashier at gun point.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tristan Daley

Cast:
Shaun Woodland
Sidiki Fofana
Rich Mair


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The Cycle

Description

An officer wrongfully shoots a kid and is cleared of wrongdoing. He is forced to confront the personal and societal burden of his actions.


Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Marantz

Cast:
Ade Otukoya
Kalili Turner


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Clean

Description

The streets of New York City are like an obstacle course for James, a young man struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Every day new challenges arise, from riding the subway to getting ready for school in the morning. The film explores OCD through the eyes of a young boy navigating an oppressive city while still experiencing the familiar pains of growing up.


Cast & Crew

Director: Gabriel Wilson

Cast:
Marquise Neal
Reggie Street
Jeffery Desalu
Heaven Michelle McCoy
Ishah Diop


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Charlotte

Description

When her new friend Charlotte wants to play house, Alex innocently plays along and develops feelings she doesn't understand.


Cast & Crew

Director: Angel Kristi Williams

Cast:
Brianna Cormier
Zayden Bates and Denise Boutte


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Boxed In

Description

A black man in NYC struggles with bipolar disorder, while his girlfriend and mother learn to deal with the pain of his manic episode and struggle for mental survival.


Cast & Crew

Director: Tasha Smith

Cast:
Antonique Smith
Tyra Ferrell
Walter Fauntleroy


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Blackcard

Description

It would be just another day for Leonard, except The Commission, a shadow organization tasked with keeping members up to snuff on their “blackness”, is hot on his trail for his latest infraction...


Cast & Crew

Director: Pete Chatmon

Cast:
Dorian Missick
Simone Missick
Hisham Tawfiq
Stephen Hill
Erika Myers
Malikha Mallette
April Matthis
Valence Thomas
Michael Markham
Vladimir Versailles
Nasser Metcalfe


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