Best Short Films - 2019

by gentmorin | created - 08 Aug 2019 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

My favourite live-action narrative short films seen in festivals in 2019.

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1. Nimic (2019)

12 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Matt Dillon, Daphne Patakia, Susan Elle, Sara Lee

Votes: 571

2. Watermelon Juice (2019)

20 min | Short, Drama

On holiday in Catalonia, Pol and Bàrbara share a house with friends. The pair does what pairs do amidst the heat of summer and alongside the body of another. But something is wrong, and is instantly noticeable.

Director: Irene Moray | Stars: Elena Martín, Max Grosse Majench, Sergi Vilà, Irene Contreras

Votes: 240

Berlinale 2019

3. Sin Cielo (2018)

TV-MA | 25 min | Short, Crime, Drama

In the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, two teenagers pursue young love in a region where violence may be inescapable.

Director: Jianna Maarten | Stars: Vanessa Benavente, José Bolaños, Victor Boneva, Dylan Bruno

Votes: 73

Seattle International Film Festival 2019

4. Brotherhood (VII) (2018)

25 min | Short, Drama, Family

Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.

Director: Meryam Joobeur | Stars: Kais Ayari, Mohamed Grayaâ, Mouldi Kriden, Jasmin Lazid

Votes: 1,334

5. Patision Avenue (2018)

13 min | Short, Drama

A single mother's most important roles in life will collide over the phone, during a long-take shot in the centre of Athens.

Director: Thanasis Neofotistos | Stars: Marina Symeou, Konstantina Koutsonasiou

Votes: 290

Clermont-Ferrand 2019

6. Dog eat dog (2018)

25 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Silje wants to leave her boyfriend, but when she finds him in a half-hearted attempt to hang himself she has to reconsider, in fear of acting reckless.

Director: Rikke Gregersen | Stars: Renate Reinsve, André Sørum, Eili Harboe, Vebjørn Enger

Votes: 69

Student Academy Awards 2019

7. Mom's Movie (2019)

12 min | Short

A mother is too keen on having her baby daughter pass her infant aquatics survival exam.

Director: Stella Kyriakopoulos | Stars: Maria Filini, Sofia Koroni

Votes: 16

Locarno 2019

8. Tattoo (I) (2019)

15 min | Short, Drama

The young Iranian woman had not been expecting this kind of examination. She only wanted to renew her driver's license, but when the officials noticed a scar on her wrist and her tattoo, ... See full summary »

Director: Farhad Delaram | Stars: Behdokht Valian, Alireza Sani Far, Anahita Eghbalnejad, Mojtaba Fallahi

Votes: 12

Berlinale 2019

9. Liberty (II) (2019)

17 min | Short, Drama

Alex and Milagros deal with great life upheaval as they prepare to dance at their community's redevelopment groundbreaking ceremony.

Director: Faren Humes | Stars: Milagros Gilbert, Alexandra Jackson, Willnya Jenkins, Mary Griffin

Votes: 20

Berlinale 2019

10. Green (III) (2018)

12 min | Short, Action, Drama

An undocumented Turkish pedicab driver unwittingly draws police attention, endangering his brother, his community, and himself.

Director: Suzanne Andrews Correa | Stars: Erol Afsin, Aziz Çapkurt, Fady Kerko, Ibrahim Traore

Votes: 48

Sundance 2019

11. A Sister (2018)

17 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life.

Director: Delphine Girard | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Selma Alaoui, Guillaume Duhesme

Votes: 1,351

Flickers' 2019

12. Monster God (2019)

10 min | Short, Drama

God is now a Power Plant. On a misty night cows escape, a child is chosen, and a teenager tries to find freedom.

Director: Agustina San Martín | Stars: Camila Dobrusky, Isabella Rapazzo, Mariali Rubio, Emilio Vodanovich

Votes: 45

Cannes 2019

14. Manila Is Full of Men Named Boy (2018)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Manila, July 7, 2009. As Michael Jackson's televised funeral plays throughout the country despite terrorist attacks in the south, an estranged son purchases a child who can drink and smoke ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Stephen Lee | Stars: Nel Estuya, Bembol Roco, Reynald Raissel Santos, Jon Norman Schneider

Votes: 17

Clermont-Ferrand 2019

15. Little Hands (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

Leo, 2, is the son of the acting manager of a chemical plant. When employees find out that the direction is about to close the factory, Bruno, a more radical worker, kidnaps Leo to negotiate ...

Director: Rémi Allier | Stars: Emile Moulron Lejeune, Jan Hammenecker, Steve Driesen, Sandrine Blancke

Votes: 384

César 2019

16. How to Be Alone (2019)

11 min | Short, Horror

How To Be Alone follows Lucy, as she struggles to survive an increasingly bizarre and horrifying night. Lucy most secret fears begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.

Director: Kate Trefry | Stars: Maika Monroe, Joe Keery, Evan Miller

Votes: 241

SXSW 2019

17. Harbor (2018)

23 min | Short, Drama

A tense night of raised pulses on a ferry to England: Adèle, an English teacher, is hiding a 15 year old migrant among her students on board.

Director: Paul Marques Duarte | Stars: Victor Bonnel, Marie Bunel, N'Tarila Kouka, Ali Marhyar

Votes: 100

18. She Runs (2019)

19 min | Short, Drama

A teenager resorts to desperate measures in her efforts to quit her school's aerobic dance team and assert her independence.

Director: Qiu Yang | Stars: Xue Jiayi, Shuxian Li, Frank Sun

Votes: 33

TIFF 2019

19. Debris (II) (2017)

14 min | Short, Action, Crime

After a disastrous event on his construction site, Armando acts quickly to save his crew, but instead stumbles upon an unspeakable truth.

Director: Julio O. Ramos | Stars: Tenoch Huerta, Karren Karagulian, Hansel Ramírez, Abraham Luna

Votes: 46

Clermont-Ferrand 2019

20. November 1st (2019)

Short, Drama

Traveling to witness the execution of her son's murderer, a mother is torn between retaliation and reconnecting with her estranged daughter.

Director: Charlie Manton | Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Sophia Myles, Clint Dyer, Thom Ashley

Votes: 105

Student Oscars 2019

21. The Christmas Gift (2018)

23 min | Short, Drama, History

A son's letter to Santa for Christmas turns his father's evening into a thriller he did not ask for.

Director: Bogdan Muresanu | Stars: Adrian Vancica, Luca Toma, Mircea Andreescu, Ioana Flora

Votes: 209

Clermont-Ferrand 2019

22. What Do You Know About the Water and the Moon (2019)

16 min | Short, Fantasy

During an abortion, instead of aborting the fetus, a girl gives birth to a live jellyfish.

Director: Jian Luo | Star: Yang Wang

Votes: 9

Clermont-Ferrand 2019

23. Just Me and You (2019)

20 min | Short, Drama

Eva (8 years old) and her father are doing a road trip Montreal-Mexico in a big 18-wheels truck.

Director: Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers | Stars: Dalia Binzari, Luiza Cocora, Sarianne Cormier, Florin Peltea

Votes: 66

Berlinale 2019

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