D for Daughter

D, a teenage girl used to living with her single dad, encounters his one night stand, triggering unexpected feelings.

  • Christine Zivic
    Director
  • Robert Harrington
    Producer
  • Isaac Werner
    Producer
  • Marilyne Lamontagne
    Producer
  • Kevin Tie
    Producer
  • Christine Zivic
    Producer
  • Alyssa Bonfigli
    Key Cast
    "D"
  • Alaska Deladurantaye
    Key Cast
    "Vanessa"
  • Owen Campbell
    Key Cast
    "Kyle"
  • Christine Zivic
    Writer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - UCLA
  • Culver City Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 4, 2021
    Best Supporting Actress for Alaska DeLadurantaye
  • Flickers Rhode Island

    United States
    Semi-Finalist
Director Biography - Christine Zivic

Born and raised in Montreal, Christine’s thirst for life led her on an eclectic creative path. With an undergraduate degree in film editing from Université du Québec à Montréal, Christine worked on film sets as a Scripty, all while dipping her toes in Yoga teaching, Energy healing, Early Childhood Education, photography and graphic design. She worked in France, studied in Greece and traveled across Europe before making her way back to the art of storytelling as a film director, pulling from her diverse, worldly experiences. Currently pursuing her MFA in documentary film directing at the UCLA school of Theatre Film and Television, Christine strives to give representation to outcasts and underdogs. Her upbringing in a French-Canadian and Serbian family, with an Autistic family member, informs her progressive outlook on cultural diversity and inclusion. She is inspired by themes of coming of age, connection, and double lives, while fervently advocating for women’s rights and gender equality.

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Director Statement

"Do I like her, or do I want to be like her?" ...that was the eternal question as a queer girl coming of age. It took me a while to pinpoint who I am, what I like and how I feel about women. And for a while, things were confusing, emotions ran high and my black and white world turned a million shades of gray. Ultimately, and most importantly, I found out that being unsure of my sexuality for many years was valid, and didn't make me any less queer today.

So I made D for Daughter, a coming of age story, first and foremost, that's queer in the subtle, realistic, confusing ways that queer can be. It's representation for those, like me, who aren't obviously gay or for who things aren't cut and dry. It's the story I wish I'd seen as a teenager, in order to redefine queerness as something that applied to me.