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Endgame

A Father’s cautionary tale about internet safety turns sinister when the lines between truth and fiction are blurred.

  • Magalie De Genova
    Director
    The Bus stop
  • Magalie De Genova
    Writer
    The Bus Stop
  • R.D Ovenfriend
    Writer
  • Magalie De Genova
    Producer
    The Bus Stop
  • Kerry- Lee Finkle
    Producer
    Willa, Goliath, Downsizing, Mrs. America, Anne with a E..
  • Dale Maclean
    Producer
    Fear Thy Neighbor, History Erased, Burden of Truth, the expanse, Murder U ...
  • Matthew Sauvé
    Key Cast
    "Father/killer"
    One night stand, Disasters at Sea , History Erased, See No Evil, Carter, Belushi's Toilet...
  • Barbara Szeman
    Key Cast
    "Colby's mom"
    BarbWire TV, Willa, Suicide squad, Downsizing , Flatliners, Poltergeist
  • Sage Burigana-Marcus
    Key Cast
    "William"
    Milk Kids, Grand Army
  • Findlay James Davies
    Key Cast
    "Colby"
    Carved, My worst nightmare
  • Max Mitchell
    Key Cast
    "Max"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Magalie De Genova

Magalie De Genova is a Toronto-based award winning writer, director, and producer. She was born in France and graduated with a Bachelor of Film from the Paris Film School ESEC. Since then Magalie has moved to Toronto, Canada and worked extensively in the digital media field for over 10 years before diving into screenwriting and directing. 

Her work has screened at prestigious film festivals including Screamfest, Rhode Island International Film Festival and Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Her debut short film, The Bus Stop, has garnered 40 million views on Youtube. Her latest project, Weirdos is a web series that has struck a cord with audiences around the world with 4.4 million views on YouTube and tens of millions of views on other social media platforms.

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Director Statement

When I started working on Endgame, my goal was to create an original, memorable story, that is not only exciting and thrilling, but also thought provoking. As a mother of a 10-year-old boy that plays numerous online games and chats with complete strangers daily, I have a deep personal interest in helping keep children safe from online predators.

Endgame shows the worst case scenario of what can happen when you overshare online. It’s an entertaining suspense roller coaster. We give the audience a visceral and terrifying experience that will make them think twice before trusting someone online. While timely and relevant, this thriller is also universal. Endgame taps into the global obsession with the internet and video games while holding a mirror up to one of the internet’s biggest pitfalls, people pretending to be somebody they’re not.

Endgame, a father and son story, starts with a slow burn that lulls the audience into a false sense of security with the quiet and confortable setting of a warm living room. It gets the audience to embrace the seeming predictability of the story until the final twist which puts everything they watched into question.

Horror is a genre I’ve been attracted to for a long time because of its capacity to tell a wide range of stories. But it can be so much more. Horror films can be scary and tackle important themes at the same time. Endgame is a tense thriller that I hope will also serve as a catalyst for discussions around internet safety. Nowadays, trolls are not the only things to be feared online for kids. They can fall prey to predators without even being aware of it. I feel that teens and tweens grossly underestimate the dangers waiting for them on the internet. This threat, which was brought about by our ever evolving technology, is concealed and difficult to detect. Kids interact online with strangers everyday with limited ways for parents to protect them. It’s only by creating awareness and having discussions with our kids that we can help them navigate their world safely.

Telling a scary story to children, as the main character does, can seem like an effective way to warn them of potential dangers...but can you go too far?