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THE ESCAPE ROOM

"Escape Room" is an award winning film (best screenplay, best editing, nominated for best film, best music score and best acting) about a brilliant student who is bullied in high school and suffers from OCD reluctantly joins her popular friends at a horror-themed Escape Room game. When the group realizes that a revenge-seeking Game Master has set them up in a custom-made deadly trap, the five teenagers start turning on each other. They have to join forces in order to get out of the room alive. The theme involves love, trust, teen issues and the importance of friendship. It is our hope to inspire audiences to pursue the idea of standing up for one another when confronted with adversities caused by a valued one.

  • Bessy Adut
    Director
    Mask of Revenge, Inside the Lens, That Cake, Tolerans, Strange Little Girl, Forbidden Door
  • Xenia Puiggros
    Writer
    Emotional Motor Unit, Introducing Lucy, Escape Room
  • Bessy Adut
    Writer
    Strange Little Girl
  • Bessy Adut
    Producer
    Other Stories, Tinker, Rock Star
  • Nicole Pasminski
    Producer
    Escape Room, Mask of Revenge, Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
  • Brandon Miree
    Producer
    Immersion, Everything's Jake, Grindhouse Radio
  • Gary Tang
    Producer
    Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order, How to get away with murder, No home for young man, kiss my ashes
  • Huston Tronnes
    Producer
    Kingmakers, The King's Guitar, Fleeting Moments
  • Eric Sherman
    Producer
    High Crimes, American Pitbull, 3 Nights in the Desert, Mystic Nights and Pirate Flights, Pep Squad
  • Shant Hamassian
    Producer
    Night of the Slasher
  • Jolie Vanier
    Key Cast
    “Sarah ”
    Shorts, From Dusk till Dawn, Chasing Grace, Hello my name is Abigail
  • Alfredo Rose
    Key Cast
    “Rich ”
    The Hill, What Was Left, Mask of Revenge, Dope, Laci Kay: rejected, What was left,
  • Laurelle Mabalot
    Key Cast
    “Michelle ”
    Little Ones, Escape Room, Mask of Revenge, Woggie
  • Brett Schaberg
    Key Cast
    “Johnny ”
    The Rookie (TV series), Mask of Revenge, The Adventures of Fatbat
  • Nicoletta Hynes
    Key Cast
    “Lola ”
    Mask of Revenge, Escape Room
  • Emma Freyre
    Key Cast
    “Hostess ”
    Memory, Tainted, What I want to say to you
  • Bessy Adut
    Key Cast
    “Boss Lady ”
    Mysteries of Cinema
  • Yin Lui
    Editor
  • Daniel Kloth
    Colorist
  • Lasse Elkjaer
    Musical Score
    Sticks, Apollo 13, Midnight Texas
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller, Drama, Slasher, Mystery, Director's Cut
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • NUKHU FEST
  • New Jersey Horror Con Film Festival
    New Jersey
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Feel the Reel International Film Festival

    United States
    Winner/Best Screenplay and Editing
  • Dumbo Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Golden State Film Festival
    Hollywood
    United States
    March 22, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Olympus Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    Best Short Film
  • Nukhu Fest

    Official Selection
  • Le Prince International Film Festival

    France
    Official Selection
  • The Lift-Off Sessions
  • Toronto Film Festival
    Toronto
Distributor Information
  • www.Shorts.Tv
    Country: United Kingdom
Director Biography - Bessy Adut

Bessy is a film director, producer and screenwriter resides Los Angeles, California. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts as a Fulbright Scholar and a BA in Film & Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. Most recently she graduated from UCLA Professional Screenwriting program developing two feature screenplays. She has a passion for satirical comedy and likes to have diversity in her work.

She was a screenplay grant winner in Turkey, she wrote and directed “Tolerance” and “Strange Little Girl” screened in several international festivals in Los Angeles “Pasadena Art Center Film Festival winner”, New York “Brooklyn Art Film Festival” and Istanbul “Akbank Film Festival winner”. She directed and hosted an international documentary “Mysteries of Cinema” and “Inside the Lens” for V1VFX Studios. She has worked as a freelance Assistant Director, Script Supervisor and Production Assistant in commercials, independent films and Television formats. She also taught “Film Production” and “Film Editing” classes in University. She worked as a freelance videographer/photographer mostly for art events and promo videos.

She started her own business in 2015 and opened “Queen B. Film Hive” for all kinds of Film & Television productions. Her dream is to bring her original screenplays come to life and direct movies in Los Angeles. She directed and produced two short films in 2018 “Escape Room: Proof of Concept” for feature screenplay “Shadows in the Room” and a sequel filmed at Warner Bros studios won an audience award “Mask of Revenge” After working on a short film for over a year, she sent it out to film festivals and earned success. Her next dream is to attend Sundance Film Festival and one of Sundance Labs. She recently was interviewed by Shorts.tv about her distributed film escape room to be in the filmmakers spotlight in Europe and US.

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Director Statement

We all have inner monsters to chase and traumas to deal with. The reason I chose horror as a directorial feature debut genre is because I grew up watching and loving horror films. I came a long way to make one. Flew to Los Angeles, learned Film Directing from the professionals, then developed my screenwriting skills. Worked on film sets as a script supervisor, assistant director. Wrote, directed and produced several short films and documentaries until I felt the confidence to make my bloody first horror film ESCAPE ROOM and now ready to give my 100% to my first feature film SHADOWS IN THE ROOM as soon as I get the greenlight. It's been a hassle to make this film happen and I am hoping everyone cast & crew who put enormous, time and effort will enjoy the acceptance and awards from film festivals with me as it's a much needed motivation for all of us on our career paths and to rewake our team spirit.

From screenwriting to fundraising, production to post production it's been an overwhelming and exhausting experience for me as a director with limited resources however I believe, I finally made a film that surpasses all my previous short films and will earn the recognition it deserves.