Partners

By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.

Long-term couple Kate and Leigh navigates a recent rocky patch in their relationship, but as still-lingering conflicts and resentments begin to surface, they find themselves facing a crucial juncture and confronting just how intertwined their lives have become.

Director Joey Ally has crafted a compact relationship drama that adeptly captures the texture, tones and rhythms of a long-standing intimate relationship with an unerring and entertaining sense of authenticity, humor and honesty.

The couple at the center of the drama is gay, but the film’s strength is both how it captures both the specificity and universality of identity. The well-written script never shies away from their sexuality, capturing through a situation that most people can relate to in some way. The need to feel seen, heard and understood by someone close to you is a universal desire — and a journey that many people, no matter where they stand in the continuum of human sexuality, have some trouble traversing.

The camerawork is intimate and agile, capturing the excellent performances by Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock, who portray both the points of tension that have built up between two people but also the investment and love they have for one another. Watching them wrangle, banter and try to understand one another offers both a sense that human relationships can be tricky for anyone — but the reward is both well worth it and necessary.

A hit at Sundance, “Partners” may run only seven minutes, but it possesses an emotional intelligence that has an impact well beyond its conclusion. Hugely entertaining and wonderfully warm-hearted, it offers a funny, lovely window into one rich moment in a couple’s life together, in a way that many can understand and relate to.




You Might Also Like:

Mordechai

By Benjamin Bee | Drama
An ultra-orthodox Jew hasn't seen his identical twin brother in years. But today is the day of their father's funeral.

Retouch

By Kaveh Mazaheri | Drama
Her husband has an accident at home... and she just watches him die.

Stealing Silver ft. Maisie Williams

By Mark Lobatto | Drama
A woman confronts a painful time in her life after discovering the truth about a mysterious old man living across from her.

Joseph’s Reel

By Michael Lavers | Romance
An elderly man, upon dying, is given the opportunity to relive one day of his life.

Cradle

By Devon Manney | Animation
Returning to the U.S. after losing both arms, a veteran battles phantom pains, prosthetics and memories of his pre-war life.

Hold On

By Charlotte Scott-Wilson | Drama
A young cellist develops stage fright after one of her cello strings comes lose during an important performance.

Don’t Be a Hero

By Pete Lee | Drama
A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break.

Our Kind of Love

By Elham Ehsas and Azeem Bhati | Romance
An Afghan village girl goes on her first date in London.

Lost and Found

By Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe | Animation
A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.

Edmund the Magnificent ft. David Bradley, Ian McKellen

By Ben Ockrent | Comedy
A once-legendary farmer takes a chance and invests his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.

Reception

By Joe Gillette | Romance
Two strangers, trying to avoid the crowd at a wedding reception, end up making an unexpected connection.

Exit Strategy

By Travis Bible | Sci-Fi
A man in a time loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire.

Garfield

By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.

Balance

By Mark Ram | Drama
Two friends climb a mountain, connected by a rope. But when one falls, the other's life hangs in an unstable balance.

Spoetnik

By Noel Loozen | Comedy
A young man finds himself in between a food-truck and a brothel. Then, he meets his dream girl.



Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.