Narrative Short

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Flight of the Finch

Alex Jones | United States | 2016 | 20 m Facebook After the death of his impulsive girlfriend, a hardened man grapples with memories of their tumultuous relationship in an attempt to come to grips with its end. Cast Yvonne Fox Dan Barr

The Bigfoot Hunters

Matt Hausmann | United States | 2014 | 22 m Facebook | Twitter The president of the USA has been kidnapped by Bigfoot! Now, a group of misfits must bond together and form an alliance to eliminate their worst fear and save mankind. Cast Paul Major Viewing Instructions


Chris Chan | Canada | 2015 | 8 m Facebook | Twitter When Ed returns home to pick up the pieces of his shattered life he finds himself bombarded by the reminders of all that he lost in the weeks prior… His young daughter, Ellie, his wife, Julia, and the happiness they all once shared …Read more »

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By His Stripes

Stephen C. Bortsalas | United States | 2014 | 31 m A chronicling of the final hours of Jesus’ life following him through the crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and flashbacks revealing the message behind the man. Cast Jose Olivencia Jimmy Smuda Fritz Beiswenger Michael Saenz Sean Hart Anthony Kelly Karen Eckstein-sarkissian Jana Hart Matthan Griggs Stephen C. …Read more »


Chris King | United States | 2015 | 12 m Facebook When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that their life ahead is going to be an overwhelming – yet amazing – journey. Cast Mandy Moody Chris Gouchoe Per Filmmaker’s Request, This Film is No Longer …Read more »

Not the End of the World

Jordan Heron | Canada | 2015 | 13 m Chris has to save the world, by facing up to an old family curse, before grabbing a coffee and heading to work for the day. Cast Jordan Heron Adam Nicholson

Color of Life

Robert Butler | United States | 2015 | 24 m What do you say when someone has lost a loved one? What can you say that brings comfort and peace to them? What can you say that they can hold onto during these troubled times? The short film Color Of Life explores this very subject. How does …Read more »


Manan Singh Katohora | United States | 2015 | 13 m After dealing with a series of extreme characters during a speed-dating event for senior citizens, an elderly woman meets a charming, exotic gentleman. Cast Anne Stone Manoj Tiwari Carlos Macher Raoul Anderson Scott Zeiss Timothy Sayles

Loyal to the Game

John Michael Nolan | United States | 2016 | 36 m Facebook | Twitter After learning that his quarterback is holding out for a new contract, aging all pro wide receiver Tyrese Davis (Juste) decides to ask management for an extension. Previously immune to the business side of things, Tyrese quickly learns that sometimes in the game …Read more »


Jeff Balmert | United States | 2016 | 3 m Monday is a narrative short film, showing two very different journeys through the toughest day of the week. This is the first official film of White Ball Productions, which started as a team of two friends and filmmakers from Pittsburgh, Jeff Balmert and John Rokosz. The project …Read more »