Short Film Program

Love is Short (Films)

Short films about people who swiped right and the sexy, disastrous, hilarious, unexpected circumstances that ensued.



Sat Jun 4 7:30 PM

The start of summer brings new opportunities for love. With films featuring everything from the blush of first love to the end of a bittersweet romance, these shorts ignite passion and challenge initial notions of what love can be. Teenagers wrestle with new feelings, a prank-loving couple goes on honeymoon, and a chance encounter with an old lover brings back animalistic memories. Funny, sweet, touching, awkward, deadly: no two loves are alike, and neither are any of these films. So join us for one special evening on a Manhattan rooftop and we can see where fate leads us from there.

The Films


Katherine Propper | US | 13

Moments in the lives of Austin teenagers amidst the heat of a Texas summer.


Ahmed Abdelsalam | Egypt, UK | 17

In a post-revolution Cairo, after numerous failed attempts to escape the status quo of her generation’s depression, Nour secretly arranges to flee her homeland. Hours before her departure, she embarks on a journey of struggle with a patriarchal society and a fight within to keep her hidden secret.

Her Violet Kiss

Bill Morrison | US | 5

Her Violet Kiss re-contextualizes a deteriorating scene from a lost silent German film, Liebeshölle (translated as "Love Hell"), which was released as Pawns of Passion in the USA in 1929. This revision features a contemporary score by composer Michael Montes.

The Sentence of Michael Thompson

Kyle Thrash & Haley Elizabeth Anderson | US | 24

Michael Thompson is the longest serving non-violent offender in Michigan history and this year he is finally up for clemency. In 1994, he was arrested for selling three pounds of cannabis to a close friend turned police informant. He was sentenced to 42-60 years in prison and remains there even after Michigan legalizes the recreational use and sale of cannabis.


Nash Edgerton | Australia | 14

Jack is a well meaning, misunderstood prankster. But in his latest relationship he may have finally met his match.

Soft Animals

Renee Zhan | UK, US | 3

Two ex-lovers cross paths at a train station.

The Windshield Wiper

Alberto Mielgo | US, Spain | 14

Inside a cafe while smoking a whole pack of cigarettes, a man poses an ambitious question: What is Love? Winner of the 2022 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.


Madam West

Madam West is an NYC-based rock band. Their arrangements, infused with elements of psychedelia, jazz and prog, seek to find the sunlight that remains even in the darkest of times.
The group is a member of Brooklyn-based label and artist collective Floordoor Records (A Bunch of Dead People, Supplier) and Philadelphia-based goodhowareyou records (Blushed, Secret Nudist Friends, Broke Body). No Depression called the group's full-length “a fine, wide-ranging release, packed with more in its six songs than most full length albums can hope to muster."

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open
8:15 PM
Live Music from Madam West
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:00 PM
10:45 PM
After-Party at Boulton & Watt (5 Avenue A)

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Rooftop Films are open to all ages, but ID and proof of age is required for entry. You must be 21+ to attend the after party.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

No outside alcohol is permitted. Feel free to bring snacks!

Do I need to wear a mask?

All attendees are required to wear a mask during check in, and while indoors. Masks are encouraged while interacting with staff outdoors. Mask policy may be updated based on current local conditions at the time of the event. Ticket holders will be notified of policy changes via email prior to the event.

Where will the screening take place at New Design High School?

The screening will take place on the roof, on the 6th floor. Attendees will access the roof via stairs – if this is not possible for you or someone in your party due to mobility issues, please email us at or call at 718-417-7362 for more information.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need to bring your ticket! Just give your name / name of the ticket holder at the door for entry.


New Design High School

350 Grand St., New York, NY 10002

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