Nantucket Film Festival Short Film Program

NFF is pleased to present our Short Film lineup, which, along with the already announced Opening Day Disney  Pixar Shorts and Feature Film selections, puts our total program at over 100 films. NFF '19 will be bigger than ever before. Below, please find the 30 shorts that will screen over four programs and before three features during the festival. Individual ticketing pages will be up shortly.




Shorts Program 1

94 min

Prepare to laugh with this occasionally irreverent collection of comedic shorts.


Writer/Director: Conor Byrne | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 13 min

A 10-year-old boy contends with puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses.

The Badger's Promise

Writers/Directors: Harris Wittels, Armen Weitzman | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 10 min

A group of friends on mushrooms fear aliens are invading their yard.

The Hyperglot

Writer: Michael Levi Harris | Director: Michael Urie | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 25 min

Jake has a knack for languages, but still has trouble talking to women.

The Brunchers

Writer/Director: Matt Winn | UK / Narrative / 2013 / 19 min

Fearing they’ve become boring, a thirty-something couple tries to go to the newest spot for brunch.


Writer/Director: Bernardo Britto | USA / Animation / 2013 / 5 min

A man struggles to compile the history of the world before the Earth is destroyed.

Le Refuge

Writer/Director: Elliot Thomson | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 22 min

An American family thinks they’ve found the perfect spot for dinner while on vacation in Switzerland.


The Bravest, The Boldest

Shorts Program 2

88 min

This grouping of short work focuses on the experiences of women and girls.

The Unknown Seven

Director: Alix Lambert | USA / Animation / 2013 / 2 min

Whimsical animation reveals a young woman’s childhood imaginary friends.

Big Girl

Writer/Director: Lisa Melodia | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 16 min

A six-year-old must act like a big girl the day her mom keeps her out of school.

Reaching Home

Writer/Director: Kenneth Murphy | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 17 min

Still adjusting to life on her own, Janet’s plans for a happy family holiday are upended by her sons.

The Routine

Writer: Tara Price | Director: Brian Groh | USA / Narrative / 2013 / 10 min

Technology fails a woman isolated in her home.

Pauline Alone

Writer/ Director: Janicza Bravo | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 13 min

A woman takes unusual steps to connect with strangers.

The Clean Up

Writer/Director: Jesse Allen | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 13 min

Two office cleaners try to hide the dirty truth behind a businessman's death.

The Bravest, the Boldest

Writer/Director: Moon Molson | Writer: Eric Fallen | USA / Narrative / 2014 / 17 min

A mother doesn’t want to hear the news two Army officers are tasked with delivering.


The Next Part

Documentary Shorts

95 min

These five short portraits feature fascinating pets, people, and places.

Cherry Pop: The Story of the World's Fanciest Cat

Director: Kareem Tabsch | USA / 2014 / 11 min

Before Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat, a cat named Cherry Pop took the pre-Internet world by storm.

One Year Lease

Director: Brian Bolster | USA / 2014 / 11 min

Get to know Rita, a cat-loving landlady with a propensity for hysterical voicemail messages.


Director: Devin Pickering | USA / 2013 / 18 min

Pilots recapture the magic of the early days of flight in this stunningly shot film.

The Next Part

Director: Erin Sanger | USA / 2014 / 16 min

A young woman struggles to start a family despite her husband’s severe war injuries.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

Director: Jeff Dupre | USA / 2014 / 39 min

Painter Kehinde Wiley, acclaimed for recasting classic portraiture with African-American men, turns his focus to female subjects.



Kids’ Shorts

78 min 

Enjoy a new collection of family-friendly animated and live-action shorts.

Tumbleweed Tango

Writer/Director: Samuel Stephens | USA / Animation / 2013 / 3 min

A balloon dog must navigate treacherous terrain to find true love.


Writer/Director: Ty Coyle | USA / Animation / 2013 / 3 min

An obsessive raccoon gets up to no good in a candy store.


Writer: Justin Small | Director: Kyle Laffey | USA / Narrative / 2013 / 6 min

Two medieval knights battle to impress a beautiful princess.

The Morning of Everything

Writer/Director: Jeff Stern | USA / Narrative / 2013 / 12 min

This love letter to fatherhood involves a dad, his three-year-old, and a lost owl.

The Gallant Captain

Writer/Director: Graeme Base | Director: Katrina Mathers | AUSTRALIA / Animation / 2013 / 8 min

An imaginative boy and his cat set sail for adventure.


Writers/Directors: Katelyn Bianchini, Rena Cheng, Asia Lancaster | USA / Animation / 2013 / 8 min

A balloon fears for his safety when he passes into the hands of a young boy.

Snow Boat

Writer: Samantha Aguiar | Director: Mirror Su | USA / Animation / 2013 / 6 min

When the sun comes out in an ice world, a man builds a boat to protect his snow companion.


Writer/Director: Noah Wagner | Writers: Matt Stephenson, Maxwell Nicoll | USA / Narrative / 2013 / 14 min

A washed-up mime draws inspiration from a young girl with an unexpected talent.

The Dam Keeper

Writers/Directors: Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo | USA / Animation / 2014 / 18 min

Though picked on at school, young Pig works hard to protect his town from danger, until a new student changes everything.


Future Hero

Shorts Before Features

Font Men

Screening before Art And Craft

Director: Dress Code | USA / Documentary / 2014 / 6 min

Typographers Jonathan and Tobias shape the way we see the world.

Future Hero

Screening before Warren

Writer/Director: Ramin Serry | USA / Narrative / 2013 / 6 min

When his son travels back from the future, Adam realizes he’s got to man up.

Unwanted. Unloved.

Screening before Divide in Concord

Director: Kit Noble | USA / Documentary / 2013 / 9 min

Nantucket resident Matthew Oates sees potential where others see junk.