A young man's attempt at a first contact with a love interest is hijacked in a most entertaining way.

  • Mariana Conde
    Daily Grind, Glance
  • Mariana Conde
  • Stuart Grant,
  • Donna Mabey
  • Donna Mabey - Producer, Stuart Gran - Executive Producer
    The Honourable Woman, Burton and Taylor, Mr Selfridge, Pete Versus Life, Litlting, Heard, Daily Grind
  • Helena Dowling
    Key Cast
    Totally Frank
  • Matthew Biancheri
    Key Cast
  • Jack Everson
    Key Cast
    Tarzan, Journey to the Moon
  • Moe Bargahi
    Key Cast
    One Day in Whitechapel
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Romance, Dance Video, Comedy, Experimental, Fiction, Sci-Fi
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Rincon - International Short Film Festival
    Puerto Rico, Rincon, USA
    April 7, 2014
    World Premiere
  • World Arts Film Festival
    Ponte Vedra Beach FL, USA
    May 15, 2014
  • Plymouth Film Festival
    Plymouth, UK
    May 17, 2014
  • NXNE - North by Northeast Film Festival
    Toronto, Canada
    June 13, 2014
    Canadian Premiere
  • Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    June 20, 2014
  • Fear No Film Festival
    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    June 26, 2014
  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
    Columbia Gorge, USA
    August 1, 2014
  • KahBang Film Festival
    Portland, USA
    August 7, 2014
  • We Like 'Em Short - Comedy Short Film Festival
    Baker City, Oregon, USA
    August 14, 2014
  • Cinefort Festival
    Province of Benevento, Italy
    August 21, 2014
    European Premiere
  • Cineseptiembre
    Mazatlán, Mexico
    September 21, 2014
    South American Premiere
  • Los Angeles Movie Awards, Fall Season
    LA, USA
    August 27, 2014
  • Cinetoro
    Santiago de Cali, Colombia
    October 7, 2014
  • Tucson Film & Music Festival
    Tucson, USA
    October 9, 2014
  • NYC Independent Film Festival
    New York, USA
    October 15, 2014
  • LA Femme Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    October 16, 2014
    Honourable Mention in Shorts
  • Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
    Fargo, Nevada, USA
    October 24, 2014
  • CortiSonanti
    Napoli, Italy
    November 22, 2014
    Best Music Video
  • Bogotá Short Film Festival
    Bogota, Columbia
    December 2, 2014
  • New Filmmakers New York - Foreign Film Screening
    New York, USA
    February 18, 2015
  • 40th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
    Boston, USA
    February 6, 2015
    Certificate of Merit
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
    Souther Illinois, USA
    February 24, 2015
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
    March 13, 2015
    International Winner Best Music Video
  • Sene Film, Music & Arts Festival
    Providence, Rhode Island, USA
    April 20, 2015
  • Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
    Austin TX, USA
    April 22, 2015
  • Bahche New York Short Film Fridays Fest
    New York
    May 29, 2015
  • British Independent Film Festival
    April 25, 2015
  • TMFF, The Monthly Film Festival
    Online (Private)
    May 1, 2015
    • Best Music Video & Editor of the Month
  • WILDSound’s Film Festival (Best of Shorts Section)
    Toronto, Canada
    April 30, 2015
  • 5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival
    Greater Noida Delhi, India
    April 30, 2015
    India Premier
  • Cineramabc, International Film Festival
    Balneário Camboriú, Brazil
    June 2, 2015
    Brazilian Premiere
  • The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival
    Schull, Ireland
    May 30, 2015
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFF) Awards
    Los Angeles, USA
    April 11, 2015
  • Los Angeles Film Review
    Online (Private)
    June 1, 2015
    Honourable Mention in Best Music
  • Très Courts International Film Festival
    Paris, Saint-Valery, Mont-Dore and Millau; France
    June 5, 2015
    French Premiere
  • ReelHeART International Film & Screenplay Festival
    Toronto, Canada
    June 11, 2015
  • FilmQuest
    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    June 25, 2015
  • Accolade Global Film Competition Awards
    Private (Online)
    June 1, 2015
    • Award of Merit – Women Filmmakers
  • Berlin Short Film Festival
    Berlin, Germany
    July 5, 2015
    German Premiere
  • East End Film Festival
    London, UK
    July 9, 2015
  • Coventry Film Festival
    Coventry, UK
    July 16, 2015
  • Blue Whisky Independent Film Festival
    Illinois, USA
    July 19, 2015
  • Limoux en short
    Limoux, France
    August 8, 2015
  • Insight Half Festival
    Palakkad, India
    August 8, 2015
  • Curtas em Flagrante – On the road Festival
    Festival Bons Sons, Tomar
    August 13, 2015
    Portuguese Premiere
  • Curtas em Flagrante – On the road Festival
    Tribo Jam Festival, Nisa
    August 10, 2015
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
    August 17, 2015
  • Sidewalkfest
    Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    August 28, 2015
  • World of Film International Festival Glasgow
    Glasgow, Scotland
    October 4, 2015
    Scotland Premiere
  • BFI, London Film Festival
    London, UK
    October 7, 2015
  • Direct Short and Documentary Film Festival
    Online (Private)
    October 1, 2015
    Best Trailer
  • iChill Spanish Film Festival
    Manila, Philippines
    August 9, 2015
    Philippines Premiere
    Most Popular
  • Wimbledon International Short Film Festival
    London, UK
    October 3, 2015
    Best Experimental Film
  • Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
    Norcross, Georgia, USA
    October 8, 2015
  • Indie Fest USA
    Garden Grove, CA, USA
    October 17, 2015
  • London Shows International Film Festival
    Online (Private)
    October 20, 2015
  • The Golden Blasters
    Dublin, Ireland
    October 9, 2015
    Best Film
  • Englewood International Film Festival
    Chicago, USA
    October 24, 2015
  • International Young Adult Film Festival
    North Cadbury, Somerset, UK
    October 26, 2015
  • Somerset Film Festival
    North Cadbury, UK
    October 27, 2015
  • ASFF, Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    York, UK
    November 5, 2015
  • Alexandria Film Festival
    Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    November 7, 2015
  • High Falls Film Festival
    November 13, 2015
  • Big Mini Media Festival
    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    November 13, 2015
  • Certamen Internacional de Cortometrajes Roberto Di Chiara
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    November 19, 2015
    Segundo Prémio (Music Video Category)
  • Delhi Women's International Film Festival
    Delhi, India
    December 5, 2015
  • Los Angeles Spotlight Film Festival
    LA, USA
    December 5, 2015
    Best Music Video
  • Hampshire Film Festival
    Portsmouth, UK
    February 18, 2016
  • Bath Film Festival (BFF)
    Bath, UK
    December 9, 2015
    Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
    January 16, 2016
    Australian Premiere
  • Irvine International Film Festival (IIFF)
    Irvine CA, USA
    February 16, 2016
    Best Music Video
  • Women's Independent Film Festival
    Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, LA, CA, USA
    December 13, 2015
  • Amarcort
    Rimini, Italy
    December 5, 2015
    Gradisca Honourable Mention
  • California Women's Film Festival (Winter)
    LA CA, USA
    January 22, 2016
  • Trail Dance Film Festival
    Duncan OK, USA
    January 29, 2016
  • North Wales International Film Festival
    North Wales, UK
    Best Director for a Music Video
  • International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
    London, UK
    February 21, 2016
  • Queens World Film Festival
    New York NY, USA
    March 20, 2016
  • RapidLion - The South African International Film Festival
    South Africa
    March 26, 2016
    African Premiere
Director Biography - Mariana Conde

My very first memories are of the bedtime stories my grandma used to tell me. My passion for filmmaking was born from her tales, an early exposure to Art and a curiosity for understanding and capturing the different, sometimes juxtaposing, realities around me.

Born in Portugal, I started my education at Soares dos Reis where I experimented with photography, learnt the principles of design and spent a few nights discussing the ‘power of image’ (amongst other less relevant topics).

I discovered the strength of Film as a teenager with Bertolucci’s 1900, David Lynch’s Wild at Hearth and Kusturica’s Underground which made me see Film as the art form that better reflects the volatility of our times, whilst combining the very elements I’ve always been fascinated by: storytelling, image and psychology.

Willing to immerse myself in the craft, I joined the International Film School of Wales where I graduated in Film & Video. There I collaborated with students from around the world on a series of shorts, experimenting with different styles and techniques, learning the ropes of filmmaking.

Wanting to direct my own work outside of Uni, I made a short film for the National Dance Company of Wales ImagEination, shown in Theatres around the UK and which received raving reviews. This experience opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that Dance and theatre techniques have to offer to Filmmaking.

After University, I moved to Lisbon where I worked on International Film Festivals, Music Videos and a short film for prime time TV. In my free time I studied performing Arts. Understanding acting not only makes me a better director on set, but it’s my love for acting that defines me as a director.

Looking to further my horizons I moved to London, where I earn my living in Advertising & TV. Some of my most exciting credits include Coordinating Iñárritu’s Nike Write the Future three minutes advert, Producing Google’s Zeitgeist, A Year in Review, and Managing the Design Studio responsible for the Branding identity of two new channels, ITV Encore and ITVBe.

C.T.R.L, my latest short, has received an “Honourable Mention in Shorts” at the LA Femme Film Festival and was awarded “Best Music Video” at Cortisonanti in Italy. It’s a bold and fresh directorial statement. I believe C.T.R.L truly showcases my potential, bringing together my knowledge of Performing Arts and high end advertising.

I am at an inspiring stage of my life where I am able to invest in projects I believe in and explore my interest in technology, not only as a medium but also as a subject.

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Director Statement

C.T.R.L is undoubtedly unconventional. Whilst it paints the picture of a typical love story it constantly reinvents itself. As the characters’ bodies dance against their will the audience is faced with a unique acting style backed up by thought through framing and a pacey edit.

A defining aspect of my visual style is the way I work with actors, through rehearsal and improvisation. I wanted to make a short in which performance quality, from the lead actors delivery to the extras, was essential to convene the narrative. Inspired by physical theatre & street dance, C.T.R.L mixes the quirkiness of music videos with the glossy feel of high-end commercials to create a short with a urban feel that is nothing but true to its time. It incorporates a very London attitude with a feminine touch and a warm sense of humour that renders it international.

I believed in C.T.R.L from day one. It was a risky idea but that made it even more appealing. I could grasp the potential and the bigger the risk, the bigger the achievement. It involved a lot of hard work but I am extremely proud of what we, the C.T.R.L team, have achieved.

It’s a visionary short. The idea of an app that can control people hasn’t yet been portrayed in film and it will add another spark to the discussion of how far we are willing to take technology. From young professionals looking for a quick shot of entertainment, to dance enthusiasts, gamers, kids and a more mature audience in search of something different, C.T.R.L will appeal to a vast and varied audience.