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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Writer: Tara Price | Director: Brian Groh | USA / Narrative / 2013 / 10 min
Technology fails a woman isolated in her home.
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
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.
Enjoy a new collection of family-friendly animated and live-action shorts.
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.
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.
Shorts Before Features
Screening before Art And Craft
Director: Dress Code | USA / Documentary / 2014 / 6 min
Typographers Jonathan and Tobias shape the way we see the world.
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.
Screening before Divide in Concord
Director: Kit Noble | USA / Documentary / 2013 / 9 min
Nantucket resident Matthew Oates sees potential where others see junk.