Receiver

Sriyani, an idealistic and overtaxed social worker of Sri Lankan descent, is a counselor at a telephone help line. She has built her life around helping others, but always at the expense of those closest to her.

So who is going to defend Sriyani when she is hypnotized by a caller on her phone tonight?

RECEIVER is a chamber horror film about toxic masculinity, isolation, and the commodification of empathy.

  • Cavan Campbell
    Director
    Hangnail, The Loss, The Process of Beauty
  • Cavan Campbell
    Writer
    Hangnail, The Loss, The Process of Beauty
  • Luke Higginson
    Writer
    Relax I'm From the Future, Park Life
  • Cavan Campbell
    Producer
    Hangnail, The Loss, The Process of Beauty
  • Sedina Fiati
    Producer
    Maternal, Lessons from our Daughter
  • Emily Andrews
    Producer
    Things I Do for Money, Pond Life, Jessica Jessica
  • Tahirih Vejdani
    Key Cast
    "Sriyani"
  • David Tompa
    Key Cast
    "Drake"
  • Jennifer Tam
    Production Designer
  • Luke Higginson
    Editor
  • John Tarver, csc
    Director of Photography
  • Deanna Choi
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Psychological horror, thriller, horror, female lead, South Asian lead, diverse cast, diverse crew, psychological, surreal, South Asian
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 7, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa Mini 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    November 12, 2020
    World premiere
    Air Canada Best Short Film or Video Award
  • Chandler International Film Festival
    Chandler, Arizona
    United States
    January 17, 2021
    Best Horror Short Film
  • Seattle Asian American Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    March 4, 2021
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cine Lebu Film Festival
    Lebu
    Chile
    March 13, 2021
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Filmquest
    Provo
    United States
    October 31, 2021
    Best Sound
Director Biography - Cavan Campbell

Cavan Campbell was raised on Prince Edward Island, Canada, his Island father a painter and his Sri Lankan mother a writer. Introduced first to those arts independently, filmmaking proved the natural synthesis of these early loves, and those islands.

Cavan’s films have screened and been awarded on three continents, and his previous film HANGNAIL was lauded by Academy Award®-winner Paul Haggis as “very powerful, wonderful filmmaking”.

He has worked for nearly 20 years in film & TV production, a contributor to international feature films (It, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), series television (Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes Reborn), and commercials. Making his home in Toronto, he is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

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