The screen glitches.

Unexpected sounds and flashbacks start to play on screen.

Then suddenly, it went quiet and the screen glitches to a woman named Ysaelle, who’s sitting and breathing heavily in a room filled with mirrors.

Ysaelle is a professional dancer in the Philippines. She is very passionate about her dancing skills. However, she's drained from all the excessive training, and she is also struggling to perfect her musicality.

After quite some time, Ysaelle starts to move with uncanny movements as if she's performing. She flicks her head up, down, side to side, and then looks directly to the camera. When she looks up, the setting transitions into a plain room. She starts to dance again with uncanny movements as if she is performing on stage. A voice-over of Ysaelle plays, she starts praising herself as a creative athlete. But she suddenly resents herself for not being perfect, especially her musicality is a bit off on everything. So she tries to hit the utmost sound layers, such as the bass, snare, and guitar but she misses it every time. The crowd starts booing her, and she resents herself even more to the point she gets crazier with her uncanny movements. Until she sees a television, and it flickered into a news channel. She starts to hear the news about the pandemic, election, and the people's voices and opinions. Ysaelle starts screaming and hurting by all of the things she hears as if she becomes more aware of her surroundings. After quite some time, she starts to dance again as if she applies her improvements to her dancing skills. Then suddenly, there is a woman screaming behind, so Ysaelle stops and runs as fast as she can to help the screaming woman. While running, three gunshots were already firing at her, and she starts to die slowly.

  • Andre Nieva Punzalan
  • Andre Nieva Punzalan
  • Andre Nieva Punzalan
  • Shamie Gonzales Habie
    Director of Photography
  • Kevin Zeke Apostol
  • Andre Nieva Punzalan
    Sound Design
  • Shamira Gonzales Habie
    Key Cast
  • Joy Santuile
    Key Cast
  • Ruka Dancel Azuma
    Key Cast
    "NEWSCASTER (V.0)"
  • Kevin Zeke Apostol
    Key Cast
    "BYSTANDER 2 (V.0)"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Tagalog
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - iACADEMY
  • Groun Glass Film Festival 2021
    September 21, 2021
    Gender Sensitivity Award
Director Biography - Andre Nieva Punzalan

Andre Punzalan is a 22-year-old multimedia artist in Manila who is currently an art student in iACADEMY (Art school). She has been taking Multimedia arts since 2016 for senior high school and currently for college. She is an abstract-fine artist who sold eight paintings around the metro. She is also a professional Hip-hop dance student for almost three years and has competed in two dance competitions. She is also the Dance President for RHYTHM (dance organization in iACADEMY) for two school years. She has been a student leader for years, and she is currently the student commissioner for the school year, 2021-2022. The second experimental short film she made, which is, "Ilusyonada" and that won a Gender Sensitivity Award from Ground Glass Film Festival 2021, and it was her first time joining a film festival, another fun fact for Andre, She was a Starbucks barista in the Philippines!

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Director Statement

Dancing isn’t something that we do as a hobby. It takes a lot of brain power to create something to execute physically just to inspire the audiences. As of 2021, dance and music is a hot topic right now especially on Tiktok, which is why it’s relevant to create something that people will be interested in and learn something from it.

Ilusyonada was first narratively written due to struggles that I had to write in heavy and dark emotions. Before I came up with this idea, I recently had a struggle with my mental state as an artist. I thought I wasn’t being creatively creative enough and that I needed something to create a simple idea that could be big.