Experiencing Interruptions?


In the heart of Corona, Queens, two Ecuadorian siblings are placed at odds with each other when one reveals a sudden urge to leave their home.

  • Emilio Subía
  • Emilio Subía
  • Nicolás Tepper
  • Emilio Subía
  • Nicolas Tepper
    Director of Photography
  • Adrian Kader
  • Isaias Badilla
    Key Cast
    Un Regalo Esencial
  • Andrés León
    Key Cast
  • Jose Caraballo
    Key Cast
  • Nabil Tawil
    Key Cast
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    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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    16mm film
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  • Tribeca Festival: LatinX Shorts Program
    New York
    United States
    June 17, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tide Film Festival
    United States
    November 19, 2022
    Best Narrative Film
  • Austin Film Festival
    United States
    October 30, 2022
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Quito
    June 21, 2022
    International Premiere
    Jury Special Mention
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Guayaquil
    Guayaquil, Guayas
    August 29, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
    Palma de Mallorca
    October 30, 2022
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival
    Port of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
    September 26, 2022
    Caribbean Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Faroe Islands Minority Film Festival
    Faroe Islands
    October 30, 2022
    Online Selection
  • Bogota Short Film Festival (Bogoshorts)
    December 6, 2022
    Colombian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse
    March 23, 2023
    French Premiere
  • Miami Film Festival
    United States
    March 3, 2023
    Florida Premiere
    Best International Short
  • Nitehawk Shorts Festival
    United States
    March 1, 2023
Director Biography - Emilio Subía

Emilio Subía (b. 1997) is an Ecuadorian filmmaker based in Brooklyn. His work bounces between fiction and non-fiction, exploring conflicts of identity, sexuality, immigration, and family dynamics. He attended Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Boston University for film production. At 19 years old Emilio moved to the United States and currently works as a freelance editor for documentaries and commercials. His work has received two Telly Awards, been nominated for an Imagen Award, a Vimeo Staff Pick selection, and picked up by distributors like PBS. In 2020 he was awarded the Emerging Creators scholarship by the National Association of Latino Producers. The short film “Ñaños” (2022), his directorial debut, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in June and is currently on its festival run.

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Director Statement

I had just moved to NYC after living in Boston for 3 years and the difference when walking on the streets of New York is drastically inspiring. This city creates a sense of urgency, a rawness in the racial, cultural, and sexual diversity and an unexpected encounter around the corner. Taking notes on these moments kept me busy. It was hard to believe the first time I found a piece of Ecuador in a city like New York: Corona, Queens. I was deeply reminded of Ecuador and how I had not been there in two years. My siblings were becoming adults while I was away and I was missing them deeply. The story for Ñaños came to exist thanks to these cultural nuclei that exist in the city.

I chose to make a film that connected me back to my roots while being far from home. It is the story of a broken relationship between two siblings who look for a chance to escape their home in order to find themselves. In Ñaños the story took a verité approach, went to the streets and decided to work mostly with non-actors. The Ecuadorian community in Queens welcomed us and our small film crew consisting of friends who generously donated their time to this self-funded project. This is a project about brothers and only possible with the help of family.