Spotlight on Short Films from NFFTY

Spotlight on Short Films from NFFTY

Film Movement Plus is partnering with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) to showcase the best shorts from around the world during the month of October.

In conjunction with NFFTY Online (beginning 10/23), the 14th edition of the Seattle-based festival – the world’s largest and most influential film festival for emerging directors, Film Movement Plus will exclusively premiere 17 select short films from the 2019 festival, with new films debuting each Friday through the month.

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Spotlight on Short Films from NFFTY
  • Aşrı (Distant)

    Bahar's simple but happy life changes after her husband buys a second wife, Meryem. After spending a day filled with tension, the women realize that they’re not that different from each other.

    Ecegül Bayram is a Turkish director and production designer. She graduated from New York University Tis...

  • Baby

    Baby (Alexa Swinton), a distracted, seven-year-old girl in a cheaply stitched princess dress, spends her days in and around the food court where her mother works. Baby and Ma, now quite used to this routine, are visited by an unwanted guest who changes the course of their tranquility.

    DIRECTED B...

  • The Beginning

    A boy, alone in his world, is visited by an unexpected but familiar figure.

    Born in Seoul but growing up in New Jersey, Dennis Sungmin Kim spent much of his middle school science classes drawing and designing fantastical creatures and characters. To this day he is still trying to compensate for ...

  • Dancing on Black and White

    Liu Hao, the blind pianist, tells the journey and struggles of how he and his mother left their hometown in China to search for his chance to pursue his passion and perform in many of America's most prestige music halls.

    John Li did not follow a traditional path to becoming a filmmaker. Upon bei...

  • Freak Beast

    Professional wrestler, Freak Beast, is going to have to learn the most difficult move: how to cry.

    NFFTY AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
    DIRECTED BY KYLE BLAICHE
    UNITED STATES | 2019 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  • Home is Where

    Eva prepares for a home visit with an adoption agency only to realize she has shared history with the social worker sent to interview her.

    Susan McCormick is a writer, director, and editor from Newington, CT. Susan graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design where she fine tuned her skills...

  • I Should Have Loved a Thunderbird Instead

    Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the story follows the quirky and optimistic Frankie as she tries to deal with her boyfriend's corpse.

    Director Debora Maité Bottino is a writer and director currently based in Glasgow.

    DIRECTED BY DEBORA MAITE BOTTINO
    UNITED KINGDOM | 2019 | ENGLISH L...

  • Meeting at Half Past Five

    There’s no doubt that the world is cruel and corrupt. Still, this evening Philip gets more proof of this.

    Daria Litvichenko is an emerging filmmaking interested in both life action and animation. Her works have been screened at international festivals, such as SIFF and the BFI Future Film Festiv...

  • Mormor

    A personal essay film about grief, seen through the lens of the filmmaker's relationship to his grandmother and the things she left behind after passing away.

    NFFTY AUDIENCE AWARD
    DIRECTED BY MATTHEW MACDONALD
    UNITED STATES | 2019 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  • Night-Riders

    Driven out of their homeland, an endling, or the last remaining member of a species, reflects on displacement, colonialism and extinction.

    Jules F. Chin Greene is a multiracial Asian and Pacific-American filmmaker, musician, and writer based in Los Angeles. She wrote, directed, and acted in the ...

  • Nostos

    Nostos, refers to an ancient Greek literary theme that features an epic hero's homeward journey from sea. Nostos portrays the power of raw emotion from the recollection of fragile memories, meeting the people you missed knowing and the longing innocence of growing up. Nostalgia is the feeling tha...

  • Papa-Figo

    A child's play turns out to be a nightmare when they set out to challenge an urban legend.

    Director Alex Reis, 1996, was born in São Paulo. He is an Actor, Director, Editor and Storyboarder. PAPA-FIGO is his debut film as director and screenwriter.

    DIRECTED BY ALEX REIS
    BRAZIL | 2018 | PORTUGUE...

  • Roses are Yellow

    Maybe the one you love isn't the one you need?

    DIRECTED BY AVIAJA SKOTTE
    DENMARK | 2019 | DANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • Sisters

    In 1970s Minnesota, a young nun falls in love with a runaway girl.

    Director Mandy Jacobs is an LA-based filmmaker interested in production for film and television. In 2019 she graduated from Chapman University where she earned her BFA in Film Production with an Emphasis in Directing and was the ...

  • Still Here

    Left to their own devices in a flooding house during a hurricane, a caregiver and an elderly patient struggle to find hope in each other.

    DIRECTED BY TROY CHARBONNET
    UNITED STATES | 2018 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  • Tasty Wafers

    On the eve of her Catholic elementary school graduation, a young girl is pressured by her best friend to take communion for the first time, even though she is not Catholic.

    Claire Gostin is a filmmaker from Gig Harbor, Washington. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California and is a 2020 grad...

  • Two Birds

    Trapped in a sort of domestic hellscape, on opposite sides of the same wall, Eva and Desiree must find a way to survive. The two characters develop diverging approaches to their circumstances but converge at a point of emotional vulnerability. TWO BIRDS explores the psychological effects of solit...