Private Project


Lucy is a studious high school junior who dreams of attending the Sadie Hawkins dance with Tomás, a classmate who keeps to himself and sits behind her in Spanish class. After devising a way to get his attention, the two strike up a flirtatious friendship, setting off a chain of events that inspire Lucy to finally take the leap -- but just when she thinks the hardest part is over, things take an unexpected, and rather mortifying, turn.

  • Marcela Cantú Serrano
  • Marcela Cantú Serrano
  • Laura Lilia Torres
    Five Souls, Sick Boy, The Whole, Departure, The Long Run, The Small Multiple, Dirty Laundry,
  • Maye Harris
    Key Cast
  • Brandon Garcia
    Key Cast
  • Miranda Hernandez
    Key Cast
  • Jasmine Lopez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Romance, romantic comedy, coming of age, dramedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Marcela Cantú Serrano

Serrano is a writer-director based in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Mexico, she graduated from Boston University in 2016 with a degree in Film & Television and Gender Studies and has since worked in Los Angeles on feature films such as Newness (2017), Pursued (2018), and The Addams Family (2019).

A lover of romantic comedies and coming-of-age films, Serrano brings "Ribbons" to the screen as an homage to both.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

First loves fascinate me: how we romanticize and often think of them retrospectively through a veil of nostalgia, but also how, as we live through them, they feel so very, devastatingly real. I was inspired to make "Ribbons" by a personal experience not unlike my protagonist, Lucy’s. The memory of my first love, and my first real rejection, has followed me to this day and informed my life as an adult. Today, I'm thrilled to breathe new life into this tender memory and to tell a story that finds hope and beauty in those painful moments that we often rush to forget -- moments that, were we to let them, could teach us something about ourselves and about moving through life with empathy.