The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) not only programs some of the best short films from around the world, it is one of only 24 film festivals in the United States designated as an Academy Award-qualifying festival for short films, meaning that winners of the narrative and animation short competitions are automatically qualified for Academy Award consideration.
In advance of the this year's festival, which begins this Thursday, April 19 and runs through April 26, here are my picks for the best short films from the narrative and animation short competition, along with their trailers (or, in some cases, clips). Just keep in mind that although I've already screened most of them, I haven't seen all of them.
By the way, if you haven't read yesterday's post, I will be attending, blogging, and tweeting (if you're interested, you can follow me here) from this year's NaFF—where, yes, I will watch the short films I haven't seen and update this list accordingly. In the meantime, what are your favourite short films or the ones you are most looking forward to seeing at NaFF?
Afternoon Tea (DJ Parmar)
Another Bullet Dodged (Landon Zakheim)
The Arm (Jessie Ennis, Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos)
Barbie Blues (Adi Kutner)
Bear (Nash Edgerton)
The Black Balloon (Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie)
Brik Novax’s Diary (Matt Piedmont)
Curfew (Shawn Christensen)
Frozen Stories (Grzegorz Jaroszuk)
The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke (Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva)
Paris Shanghai (Thomas Cailley)
Random Strangers (Alexis Dos Santos)
Tooty’s Wedding (Frederic Casella)
Tsuyako (Mitsuyo Miyazaki)
663114 (Isamu Hirabayashi)
38 - 39° C (Kangmin Kim)
The Gruffalo’s Child (Johannes Weiland, Uwe Heidschötter)
Luna (Donna Brockopp)
The Missing Key (Jonathan Nix)
A Morning Stroll (Grant Orchard)
For the complete line-up of both the short and feature films, visit the festival’s website.