The Final Draft

A disturbed novelist with a bad case of anger issues attempts to finish his final draft, but finds little success as his housekeeper pesters him to the brink of insanity.

  • Santiago Moreno
    Writer & Director
    Paperwork for the Dead Man, The Kindred Spirit, Northbound, After the Tone, The Ruins
  • Santiago Moreno
  • Sylvain Plasse
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Wendel"
    Ace and the Scout, An Unexpected Killer, Dark Side of the Ring, Good Boy,
  • Lydia Greenly
    Key Cast
  • Santiago Moreno
    Director of Photography
  • Rohan Iyer
    Camera Operator
  • Kurt Pereira
    1st AC
  • Deepkumar Patel
  • Akshita Negi
    Key Grip
  • Andrés Athanasiadis
    Best Boy Grip
  • Hayes Henriquez-Perry
    Sound Recordist
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    Horror, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    222 USD
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Director Biography

Santiago Moreno was born in Mexico City in 2000 and has lived in both the US and Canada, where he now currently resides. He discovered his love for storytelling and eerie stories early on in life and first approached it by writing crime thrillers and short stories. Afterwards he decided to pursue filmmaking and acting, both on screen and on stage. To date he has written and directed seven shortfilms. "The Final Draft" is his directorial debut in the film festival circle.

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Director Statement

The Final Draft was born as a challenge to myself as a screenwriter and director. I had never directed a horror film before, despite how much I love the genre, so this meant having to rediscover my approach to directing. In hindsight, I think the concept of the film was a subconscious reflection of my living situation at the time, being sequestered in my room and living with a landlord who was frankly a nightmare of his own. In the end, this film changed me as a director and taught me a lot about sharing the creative process with my team.