WATCH: The Struggles of Getting ‘ENGAGED’ Ensues

Looking for a short gay film? David Scala’s ‘ENGAGED’ is now streaming for free!

‘ENGAGED’ is a 17-minute-long award-winning short film that bagged “Best Short Film” in Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival, the New Hampshire Film Festival’s Best Comedy Short, the CMG Short Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Comedy, and Cinema Diverse Palm Spring’s Audience Award and screened in over 60 Film Festivals. David Scala directs and writes the short, which stars Daniel Isaac and Ryan Jamaal Swain as Darren and Elliot, alongside Victoria Meade, Candace Maxwell, and Maricelis Galanas.

The story follows Darren’s journey to propose to his partner, Elliot, with whom he’s shared five years of love and companionship. Despite his best efforts to pop the question during their fancy dinner at a restaurant, interruptions thwart Darren’s plans each time. Unfazed, Darren decides to try again over lunch, only to unintentionally become entangled in Kayla, Elliot’s sister’s, early engagement party.

The engagement party takes an unexpected turn when Darren and Elliot are roped into a “nearlywed game,” triggering Darren’s stage fright and sparking tension between the couple. Darren feels exposed and embarrassed by the spotlight, while Elliot embraces the moment as a testament to their relationship. Amidst the turmoil, Darren’s evening takes another unfortunate turn when he suffers an allergic reaction to nuts in the food, further complicating his plans.

On their way home, Elliot reveals that he knew Darren from his attempt to propose. Darren receives a text and meets up with Lara, a friend, who offers him a perspective shift. Lara reminds Darren that marriage isn’t about perfection but about committing to waking up beside the person you love. She gently suggests that perhaps Darren’s hesitations stem from his own self-doubt rather than any external factors.

Reflecting on Lara’s words, Darren realizes that he’s been sabotaging his own happiness. With newfound clarity, he retrieves the ring he purchased months ago and sets out to find Elliot. Will he succeed in proposing this time?

Watch the short film here:

‘ENGAGED’ explores the themes of love, commitment, and self-discovery in a heartfelt and engaging manner. It leaves the audience rooting for Darren as he embarks on his journey to propose to Elliot. This reminds us that true love isn’t about perfection but about embracing imperfections and committing to each other despite them.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: Darren, who keeps trying – and failing – to propose to his boyfriend Elliot. When their relationship is put into an uncomfortable spotlight during a friend’s outrageous engagement party, Darren realizes he actually might be self–sabotaging himself due to unresolved insecurities about his sexuality.

 

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