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One Step Apart

A couple struggles with a past secret that puts their relationship on the verge of separation. Their emotions are revealed through dance where they are trying to get out of this infinite loop of anger and sadness.ONE STEP APART is a hybrid fiction dance/drama short film about different levels of communication in a relationship.

  • Sibel Guvenc
    End of the Rope, In the Penal Colony, Turkish Mesir Macunu, Hungarian Salami, The Almond Sorters, Secrets
  • Sibel Guvenc
    End of the Rope, In the Penal Colony, Turkish Mesir Macunu, Hungarian Salami, The Almond Sorters, Secrets
  • Sibel Guvenc
    End of the Rope, In the Penal Colony, Turkish Mesir Macunu, Hungarian Salami, The Almond Sorters, Secrets
  • Juliana Roman
    Key Cast
  • Sebastian Oreamuno
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Dance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    150 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 1080p
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - York University
  • On Art Poland
    Cracow, Łódź, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, and Wrocław
    July 25, 2019
    World Premier
  • 7th Flamingo Film Festival Best Experimental Film Nomination
    United States
    April 25, 2020
    US Premiere
    Best Experimental Film Nomination
  • EXPERIMENTAL Music & Dance Feedback Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 4, 2020
  • 7th Flamingo Film Festival Best Cinematography Nomination
    United States
    April 25, 2020
    Best Cinematography Nomination
Director Biography - Sibel Guvenc

Sibel Guvenc is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed Turkish-Canadian producer, director, and writer based in Toronto. Sibel has an MFA in Film from York University, and an Honours BFA degree in Integrated Media and Film from OCAD University. Sibel is a TIFF Talent Lab, and WIDC Director Alumnae (Women in Director’s Chair). ​​​​​In January 2020, Sibel Guvenc received 2019 ​Best Shorts Competition Humanitarian Award Honourable Mention - important topics presented with excellent filmmaking craft. Sibel is selected for the 2020 Whistler Film Festival Producers Lab and WFF20 Power Pitch with Loya, a feature drama project. She was selected for 2020 WIFT-T CONNECT Program with Marlo Miazga, WIDC CAM 2018 Career Advancement Module, Telefilm Producers without Borders 2016 Berlinale Coproduction Market, CMPA Telefilm Producer Trainee Program with Sandra Cunningham, and WIDC story development and production program with mentor director Lea Pool. In 2019, Sibel received the W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award, which recognises outstanding ability and achievement in creative work, ​and the Miron Deca Memorial Award for an ardent intellectual curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, and an interdisciplinary dedication.
Sibel’s latest short film, End of the Rope, is officially selected to one of the biggest fantasy film festivals 38th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, received Best Sci-Fi Award at 12th Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverley Hills, and received Bronze Award in Best Sci-fi Film category at 2020 Worldfest Houston. Turkish Mesir Macunu was officially selected to international film festivals including 2020 Reelworld with seven nominations and Female Eye in Canada, FemCine Festivel Cine de Mujeres in Chile, and 22nd Flying Broom in Turkey. Turkish Mesir Macunu won an Award of Excellence in Social Justice at 2019 Best Shorts Competition, Gold Remi Award in Best Dark Comedy at the 52nd WorldFest Houston Int. Film Festival, and was nominated to Best Short Film at Short to the Point ISFF AWARDS, and Student Academy Awards by York University. Her short film Hungarian Salami was nominated for Best Comedy at the 60th Annual Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards and was considered for Canada's Top Ten Shorts by the TIFF Group. Her acclaimed film, In The Penal Colony, based on Franz Kafka’s short story, received the Best Cinematography and Best Art Film awards, selected to a Special Presentation, Celluoid Pearls in Kolkata Film Festival, India with Orson Welles’ The Trial, and was a part of a trilogy in Teatro Municipal da Guarda together with Philip Glass's opera based on the same story. Her films were screened worldwide at festivals and markets, including Clermont Ferrand, Boston, Palm Springs, Yorkton, Canadian Filmmakers, Reelworld, WorldFest Houston, and the Kolkata Film Festivals, and were broadcast on Shot TV, Bravo!Canada, CBC, CTV, Deutsche Welle, and Ragusani nel Mondo. Twice, Sibel received the William F. White Proficiency in Film Prize, the Best Jazz Film Award, Best World Music Award and Best Abstract Film Award with her other short films. In her films, Sibel is interested in exploring existentialist psychology, issues of power and control, social justice, and the future of science and environment. She portrays strong female characters who overcome social and psychological restrictions in their search for self.

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Director Statement

ONE STEP APART is a short film about different levels of communication. Through movement, I’m analyzing how two stagings of the same emotional conflict can inform, interact and complicate each other. The dialogue is kept opaque and the complexity of the scene is expressed through movement. Their emotions are revealed through dance where I focused on two emotions: anger and sadness. These emotions are shared interchangeably in between them while they’re trying to get out of this infinite loop. As the film progresses, two worlds merge with a blend of dance and dialogue. One Step Apart captures a moment from the lives of a couple that shapes their future.