Pets + Mental Health

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, a young woman finds herself grappling with the emotional toll of isolation and uncertainty. Desperate for a lifeline, she turns to an unlikely source of comfort: a lovable pet. The two form an unbreakable bond, and the woman's journey to healing and self-discovery unfolds in touching and unexpected ways.
With sensitivity and nuance, this film explores the transformative power of the human-animal bond, offering a poignant and timely reflection on the ways in which we can find hope and connection in the most challenging of circumstances. Its message of resilience and perseverance is sure to resonate with audiences and capture their hearts, winning various nominations as a First-Time Filmmaker and Best Writer at Film Festivals.

  • Gleyse de França
    Director
  • Gleyse de França
    Writer
  • Gleyse de França
    Producer
  • Gleyse de França
    Key Cast
  • Sassafras The Rabbit
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Lift-Off Global Network
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 5, 2021
    August 2021 Finalist
Distribution Information
  • Potiguara Productions Inc.
    Sales Agent
    Country: Canada
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Gleyse de França

Gleyse wants to live in a world filled with bunnies, books, free yoga classes and sugar-GMO free extra dark chocolate for everybody! As a child, she won a tomato eating competition. She still is a tomato lover.

Gleyse has been working in the film industry for about a decade now, she does acting, producing, writing, editing, directing, and everything else in between.

She is a published book writer, and When she’s not writing or working on a TV/Film set, you can find her at a yoga class, or auditioning for Film/TV parts.

She’s a mom of two rescued rabbits.

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Director Statement

Breath deeply and find magic.