Experiencing Interruptions?

Cheat Code

Will wakes up after a drunken night out, to a text from his girlfriend Mia coming up to his flat. When he realises that there's another girl, Hannah, in bed with him, he decides to ask his flatmate Eddy to pretend she had been with him. But things start to get awkward when Eddy and Hannah walk into the kitchen, where Will and Mia are making breakfast...

  • Daniel Elkin
  • Daniel Elkin
  • Daniel Elkin
  • Bruna Deusdado
  • Jessica Paul
  • Tom Feasby
    Key Cast
  • Jessica Paul
    Key Cast
  • Chris Woods
    Key Cast
  • Marianne Majluf
    Key Cast
  • Ian Livesey
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Lit Laughs Comedy Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    July 12, 2022
    UK Premiere
  • Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival
    March 1, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Daniel Elkin

I'm a filmmaker at heart, but a writer first. That's how I see myself. I was writing short stories ever since I learned how to write, and since discovering Windows Movie Maker at 9 years old, I haven't stopped making films. Stop-motion Star Wars action figure videos have evolved into 3 independently produced and funded short films, all of which have been screened at international film festivals, 20+ travel videos from around the world, and many more projects and collaborations.
I was born in Colombia, raised in Peru, but each of my grandparents comes from a different country. At 25 I've lived in 4 different countries- 5 cities. My identity as a nomad, a cocktail of nationalities and ethnicities has shaped my vision of the world which I now seek to share through audiovisual expression.

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Director Statement

I've always thought that writing and directing a comedy is the hardest genre to do. So for my third short film, I decided to challenge myself with doing just that. Operating on a slightly higher budget than for my previous two films, I wanted to create a comedy that was under 10 minutes, high intensity, simple and memorable.

'Cheat Code' was shot entirely in under 12 hours, in what was a beautiful set environment, full of young talented filmmakers and artists all collaborating to reach the common goal of making this short film the best it could be. We could not be more happy with the end result.

I worked with 4 brilliant actors from different parts of the UK, and one from Peru, as well as having the privilege of working with the experienced and well respected cinematographer Ian Livesey, which really reflected on the high quality of the project.

With this film we hope to follow the success of my previous two shorts, which made it into multiple international festivals, finding a platform to share our work, express our voices, and take the next step in our filmmaking journey.