Independent Short Films About Relationships

Sunday, July 24 by Ellen Wilson

Like a poem or a photograph, independent short films about relationships must imbue meaning within a tightly encapsulated moment. The result of a good indie short movie is a feeling of viewer resonance that would not be possible within the longer confines of a full length feature film. With their distilled richness, indie relationships videos can be like bonbons for the soul.

  1. “When Five Fell” Wong Fu Productions presents this eccentric indie short about a woman and her everyday objects: glasses, phone, umbrella, scarf and cup.  Unbeknownst to her, these objects have fallen deeply in love with her. The film explores the theme of how objects change us as we interact with them.
  2. “The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting” Swans become humans in this romantic fantasy tale by Emily Carmichael. Like Shakespeare in a “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Carmichael has an uncanny ability to mix the fantastic with the mundane.  The film was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
  3. “Birthday” In this Swedish film, a lesbian couple must come to grips with infidelity when one of them goes outside of the relationship in order to conceive a child. Director Jenifer Malmqvist manages to paint a deeply moving portrait of emotional betrayal in a short period of time. The film’s themes thematic vastness is greatly accentuated by the genre of the short.
  4. “Andy and Zach” This straightforward film is about two roommates and their relationship when one of them decides to move out. Much of the film was shot in filmmaker Nick Paley’s apartment and was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
  5. “Rob and Valentyna in Scotland” Two cousins, one American and the other Ukrainian, travel to Scotland in this short that explores the complexity of relationships in a foreign environment. The film received an honorable mention at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.