A multilingual diplomat is held hostage by criminals of different nationalities. Using the languages and cultural trivia of his captors, he orchestrates a master plan for his survival.

  • Brandon Delgado
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  • Brandon Delgado
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  • Brandon Delgado
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  • Brandon Delgado
    Key Cast
    "The Diplomat"
  • Gavin Adamson
    Key Cast
    "The German"
  • Kevin Swingle
    Key Cast
    "The Spaniard"
  • Peter Corianis
    Key Cast
    "The Norwegian"
  • Garrett Hall
    Key Cast
    "The Frenchman"
  • Ted Calhoun
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Foreign, Chamber, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Texas at Arlington
  • Honey & Buddy Film Festival
    United States
    December 7, 2021
Director Biography - Brandon Delgado

1st generation immigrant to parents from a remote village in the Mexican plains. Brandon Delgado has had a fascination for storytelling through film since he first watched, "Her", after his first heartbreak at the age of 14! Such a well-timed, moving experience inspired him to write his first ever script, "Retrogress" at a whopping 73 pages!

Since then, he has enrolled in his university's film program and has created 3 films in the span of 7 months.

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Director Statement

"Diplomacy" was inspired through my fascination of languages. I've always told myself, if I was to wake up tomorrow and find out I was immortal, I would immediately begin learning all languages.

Initially, I had a budget of $0 since this was meant to be a personal student film for a class, but me being me, I slowly became more and more ambitious in creating something more than that as the days went by. Despite being a stereotypical broke, college student, I muscled out $250 to fund this film.

The film nearly did not happen as I struggled to find a proper location to film in. Two days before my deadline to film, a special friend of mine swooped in and found me a location through AirBnB. After many thanks, filming took place over the course of two days. None of the actors ever actually met one another or filmed together. It felt more like a interview process; One arrives, we film their part, they leave, the next arrives, etc.