Presentation

By Danielle Kampf | Drama
An anxiety-ridden high school girl is challenged with giving a class presentation.

Young teen Holly is tasked with the assignment of giving a presentation in front of class. But she finds the idea beyond daunting, and feelings of crippling doubt and self-consciousness begin to bubble up in her.

She tries to get help, whether it’s in the form of her family or a clueless guidance counselor. But all her attempts only make her feel freakish and alone — as if she’s the only one in the world who has these feelings. Holly then must face her fear despite her lack of support, and get through this hurdle on her own.

Writer-director Danielle Kampf takes the dilemmas and struggles of its young protagonist seriously, crafting a perceptive, keenly observed drama about a rising issue among teenagers, who are struggling nowadays with higher rates of depression and anxiety than in the past. Through its solid and sensitive storytelling, it takes us on the inside of what it feels like to feel anxiety and shame so intense that it can get in the way of everyday life.

The film’s biggest strength in this is its performances, particularly by its young lead Emily Rey, who gives a grounded, relatable performance while navigating turbulent emotions and reactions to the situations and people around her. Finely observed camerawork and well-paced editing give the story clarity and shape, allowing viewers to enter into Holly’s struggles and dilemmas with compassion.

Holly’s story has a fundamental honesty about the emotional intensity and vulnerabilities of teenage life, treating its stakes and conflicts with respect. In a genre where these are often played for comedy or melodrama, the film offers genuine empathy and openness. In a world where complicated emotion is often flattened or seen as inconvenient and unreasonable, “Presentation” honors emotional complexity, leading the way to acceptance and empowerment.




You Might Also Like:

The Landing

By Josh Tanner | Sci-Fi
A man uncovers the horrifying truth of what landed on his childhood farm.

Sometimes, I Think About Dying (Sundance)

By Stefanie Abel Horowitz | Drama
A depressed woman thinks about dying. But a co-worker asks her out.

Bless Me Father

By Paul M. Horan | Drama
A priest has a moral dilemma when a man confesses a secret that affects his life.

The Goodnight Show

By Charlie Schwan | Sci-Fi
A virgin tries to get laid before an unstoppable asteroid ends the world.

Naysayer ft. Steven Yeun

By David M. Helman | Drama
A young father who is cut off from his son takes matters into his own hands.

Mordechai

By Benjamin Bee | Drama
An ultra-Orthodox Jew reunites with his twin brother for their father's funeral.

Retouch

By Kaveh Mazaheri | Drama
An Iranian woman's husband has an accident at home... and she just watches him die.

Stealing Silver ft. Maisie Williams

By Mark Lobatto | Drama
A woman uncovers the truth about the man living across from her.

Joseph’s Reel

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

Cradle (The Oscars)

By Devon Manney | Animation
A veteran soldier battles phantom pains and memories of a pre-war life.

Don’t Be a Hero (Sundance)

By Pete Lee | Drama
A woman robs banks as 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 & Found (The Oscars)

By Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe | Animation
A 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 farmer invests his savings in a piglet.

Reception

By Joe Gillette | Romance
2 strangers at a wedding reception make an unexpected connection.



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.