2017 SXSW Film Festival Selections: Narrative Shorts [Video]

The SXSW Narrative Shorts Competition is an Oscar qualifying competition. With a focus on unique stories and fresh perspectives, the 2017 program featured a diverse array of work. Filmmakers from differing backgrounds brought their distinct voices and styles to make this program truly stand out.

Check out more great short films from past editions of SXSW on our SXSW Film Festival Vimeo Channel.

2017 SXSW Narrative Short Film Selections

American Paradise directed by Joe Talbot

American Paradise is the story of a man in Donald Trump's America who attempts to shift his fate with the perfect crime​.

I Know You From Somewhere directed by Andrew Fitzgerald

A young woman incurs the wrath of the internet after she inadvertently becomes a viral sensation.

Melon Rainbow directed by Laurits Flensted-Jensen

Melon Rainbow is a young girl who yearns to be seen.

Rubber Heart directed by Lizzy Sanford

A one night stand that just doesn't click.

Submarine directed by Mounia Akl

Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s garbage crisis, Hala, a wild child inside of a woman is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.

The Mess He Made directed by Matthew Puccini

A man spends 15 minutes waiting for the results of a Rapid HIV test in a small-town strip mall.

The Robbery directed by Matthew Puccini

A man spends 15 minutes waiting for the results of a Rapid HIV test in a small-town strip mall.

Other narrative shorts that were part of the SXSW 2017 program, but are not yet available to watch on Vimeo include:

Adult directed by Jamieson Pearce
Cla'am directed by Nathaniel Martello-White
Cubs directed by Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
DeKalb Elementary directed by Reed Van Dyk
Foam Sweet Foam directed by Kelly Loudenberg, Jillian Mayer
Forever Now directed by Kristian Håskjold
Fry Day directed by Laura Moss
Gamechanger directed by Christian van Duuren
Laps directed by Charlotte Wells
Mutt directed by Erin Sanger
Spring directed by Laurel Parmet

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By Claudette Godfrey




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