Experiencing Interruptions?


Alisa, 24, is a passionate architect, who tries to build a loving relationship with her boyfriend, but questions if everything is that perfect between them after meeting a domestic violence victim.

  • Sonya Padalka
  • Sonya Padalka
  • Alia Azamat Ashkenazi
  • Sonya Padalka
  • Gennady Padalka
  • Bethany Buer
    Key Cast
  • Bryan Mittelstadt
    Key Cast
  • Cailyn Robinson
    Key Cast
  • Nicholas Luna
    Director of Photography
  • Cathleen Chandra
    Production Designer
  • Pablo Mena
  • Sandrine Rudaz
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - New York Film Academy
Director Biography - Sonya Padalka

Sonya Padalka is an award-winning Russian writer/director currently based in Los Angeles. With experience in video/film production, she is the winner of the Platinum Remi Award in WorldFest-Houston Film Festival for her short film "See You Back Soon". Her film is also an Official Selection Nominee at the Studio City Film Festival, Marina Del Rey Film Festival, Hollywood Verge Film Awards, Flickfair Film Festival, and Awareness Film Festival.

She has years of experience in video production of commercials for companies like Starbucks Russia, M.A.C Cosmetics Russia, Mail.Ru to name a few. Sonya graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles Campus) in August 2021.

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Director Statement

"Stay" is about the current situation in Russia because the government does not want to pass a proper domestic violence law to protect the victims of abuse. They are not doing it because they believe that such a “radical” law will break apart many families, but the police cannot intervene in domestic affairs without proper regulations. "Stay" is a narrative film sourced from personal family experiences with domestic violence. The film intends to illuminate the circumstances of women in modern Russia, which are dire. According to Human Rights Watch, the unreleased numbers seem to be much higher than official government statistics. With my film, I am trying to strike a nerve and engage more people in conversations about this issue.