The Proposal

In The Proposal, Aidan and Irene embark on a suspenseful journey through a series of unfortunate events, misunderstandings, and miscommunications that take a toll on Aidan's mental health. With secret plans to propose to each other, Aidan and Irene's lives intertwine, but their dreams of a perfect moment are shattered.

This gripping emotional thriller, with its powerful narrative and captivating performances, unfolds in just 10 intense minutes. As Aidan's mental health deteriorates, the film sheds light on the fragility of the human mind and the consequences it can have on love and relationships.

The Proposal delves deep into themes of mental health, communication, and the complexities of modern relationships. It resonates with audiences of all ages, inviting reflection on the vulnerabilities we all possess and the impact of circumstances beyond our control.

Written, directed and produced with precision, this short film showcases the talent of emerging filmmakers and promises to leave you captivated. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the emotional rollercoaster that is The Proposal.

  • Eli Forbes
  • Tamara Pearson
  • Christopher McPhillips
    Imposter Syndrome
  • Arsenty Dadyko
    Director of Photography
  • Sean Monroe
    Cinematography Assistant
    Imposter Syndrome
  • Conor Robertson
    Lighting Technician
  • Mike Sammeroff
    Sound and Music Engineering
    Imposter Syndrome
  • Mike Sammeroff
    Original Score
    Imposter Syndrome
  • Callum McArthur
  • Harris McRobert
    Key Cast
  • Indigo Pearson
    Key Cast
  • Holly Stewart
    Key Cast
  • Max Agnew
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh(
Director Biography - Eli Forbes

Eli Forbes, a young, visionary Director known for her creative storytelling and distinctive visual style. Her directorial debut, "The Proposal," not only captivated audiences but also earned critical acclaim, winning multiple awards including two Best Director honors. Eli's ability to tackle complex subjects with fresh perspectives has solidified her as a rising talent in the industry. With a dedication to her craft and a collaborative spirit, Eli Forbes is poised to make a significant impact in filmmaking, and audiences eagerly await her upcoming projects.

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Director Statement

Dear Selection Committee,

Along with my Producer, I am thrilled to submit my short film, "The Proposal," for consideration at your film festival and awards.

As the Director of the film, I would like to share my statement to provide insight into the creative vision and intent behind this project.

"The Proposal" is an intimate exploration of love, vulnerability, and the complexities of human relationships. Through this film, I aimed to depict a heartfelt journey that delves into the essence of connection and how perception is reality which is played out through the main characters. In fact, all four principal actors create a beautiful ensemble that tells a short but heart bruising story.

Drawing inspiration from real-life experiences and emotional authenticity, "The Proposal" embraces a minimalist approach, focusing on understated performances, subtle gestures, and nuanced expressions. By stripping away unnecessary distractions, I aimed to create an immersive experience that invites viewers to intimately connect with all the characters and their emotional journeys.

The film's deliberate pacing and organic cinematography serve to evoke a sense of intimacy and introspection. I wanted to capture the intricacies of human interaction, the unspoken moments, and the fragility found in vulnerability. Through moments of silence and delicate exchanges, "The Proposal" invites the audience to reflect on their own experiences of love, loss, and the choices we make in pursuit of happiness.

"The Proposal" has been an incredibly rewarding project, earning acclaim and recognition, including two Best Director awards for me and two Best Producer awards for Christopher McPhillips. These accolades not only validate the artistic choices made during production but also reinforce the film's ability to resonate with audiences on a profound level.

It is with great anticipation that I offer "The Proposal" for consideration at your film festival and awards. I believe that the festival's commitment to showcasing compelling and emotionally resonant works aligns perfectly with the intentions and spirit of this film. I am eager to share this heartfelt story with a wider audience and engage in meaningful discussions about love, vulnerability, and the human condition.

Thank you for considering "The Proposal", I am honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to the festival and connect with fellow filmmakers and film enthusiasts.

Eli Forbes