The Suitor

October 30th, 1938. During Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, a lonely man tries to bond with a panicked young woman as they fearfully wait for the end of the world together.

  • Álvaro Congosto
    Director
  • Samuel Laskey
    Writer
  • Michael Callahan
    Producer
  • Bates Wilder
    Key Cast
  • Courtland Jones
    Key Cast
  • Eric Lutes
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, Film Noir, Historical
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New Jersey International Film Festival
    New Brunswick
    United States
    June 18, 2016
    Best Short Film
  • Redondela en Curto
    Redondela
    Spain
    April 20, 2016
  • Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Sant Joan D'Alacant
    Alicante
    Spain
    May 10, 2016
  • Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Radio City
    Valencia
    Spain
    May 8, 2016
  • Muestra Audiovisual Una Mirada al Pasado
    Segrobe
    Spain
    April 27, 2016
  • Sorsi Corti
    Palermo
    Italy
    May 26, 2016
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
    Long Beach Island
    Spain
    June 10, 2016
  • Festival Yaq Distribución
    Madrid
    Spain
    May 19, 2016
    Best Actor
  • Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Cine a la Calle
    Barranquilla
    Colombia
    June 8, 2016
  • Requena y Accion
    Requena
    Spain
    May 28, 2016
  • Tlanchana Fest
    Metepec
    Mexico
    June 16, 2016
  • 22 Iberico de Cinema
    Badajoz
    Spain
    July 22, 2016
  • Gen Con
    Indianapolis
    United States
    August 7, 2016
  • Mikrofilm
    Bilbao
    Spain
    August 15, 2016
  • FIC. BIE 2016
    La Bisbal de l'Amporda
    Spain
    August 5, 2016
  • Festival de Cine de Astorga
    Astorga
    Spain
    September 1, 2016
  • Hawaii International Short Film Festival
    Honolulu
    United States
    August 26, 2016
  • Footcandle Film Festival
    Hickory, NC
    United States
    September 23, 2016
  • FIC. Autor Festival Internacional de Cine de Autor
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    November 1, 2017
  • CineFantasy. Fantastic International Film Festival
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil
    September 6, 2016
  • Bienal Internacional de Video y Cine VIDEOFEST
    Baja California
    Mexico
    November 4, 2016
  • Ibizacinefest
    Ibiza
    Spain
    August 24, 2016
  • Montreal World Film Festival
    Montreal
    Canada
    August 29, 2016
  • Charlotte Film Festival
    Charlotte
    United States
    September 24, 2016
  • Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    United States
    November 18, 2016
  • Fangofest
    Amposta
    Spain
    September 8, 2016
  • Short of the Year - Spring
    Barcelona
    Spain
    July 1, 2016
    Special Mention
  • Williefest
    Brooklyn
    United States
    September 17, 2016
  • Indieworks
    Queens
    United States
    April 18, 2017
    Best Cinematography
  • Hendaia Film Festival
    Hendaia
    France
    October 15, 2016
  • Guimaraes Cinema Som 2016
    Guimaraes
    Portugal
    October 12, 2016
  • Leicester city Film Festival
    Leicester
    United Kingdom
    September 23, 2016
  • The New Classic Cinema Festival

    United States
    September 28, 2016
    Best Short Film and Best Script
  • San Jose International Short Film Festival
    San Jose
    United States
    October 22, 2016
  • Fiaticorti
    Rome
    Italy
    October 14, 2016
  • New Filmmakers from Spain
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 13, 2016
    Best Short Film
  • Festival de Cine y Artes Visuales Bugarte
    Bugarte
    Colombia
    October 9, 2016
  • Outlaw Film Festival
    St Joseph, MI
    United States
    November 3, 2016
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 3, 2016
  • Campeche Film Festival
    Campeche
    Mexico
    October 21, 2016
  • International Film Festival "Prvi kadar"
    Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    November 4, 2016
  • Red Rock FILM FESTIVAL
    Cedar City, Utah
    United States
    November 12, 2016
  • Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Vila-seca.
    Vila-Seca
    Spain
    October 28, 2016
  • Curtas Film Fest
    Vilagarcia de Arousa
    Spain
    October 28, 2016
  • MARATON DE CINE DE TERROR DE SANTS
    Barcelona
    Spain
    October 22, 2016
  • Queens World Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    March 14, 2017
    Best Director for Narrative Short
  • Rochester International Film Festival
    Rochester
    United States
    April 21, 2017
  • Garden City Film Festival
    Bangalore
    India
    May 5, 2017
  • Spokane International Film Festival
    Spokane
    United States
    January 29, 2017
  • ManzanaRec
    Manzanares
    Spain
    February 8, 2017
    Best English Spoken Short
  • VOB Film Festival
    Putnam County
    United States
    September 4, 2017
  • USA Film Festival
    Dallas
    United States
    April 30, 2017
    Texas
  • End Of Days Film Festival
    Orlando
    United States
    May 13, 2017
  • El Gato Serendipia
    Madrid
    Spain
    June 4, 2017
  • Semana Corta
    Murcia
    Spain
    May 18, 2017
  • Puerto Rico Comic Con Short Film Fest
    San Jose
    Puerto Rico
    May 27, 2017
  • FESTIVAL DE CINE DE ZARAGOZA
    Zaragoza
    Spain
    November 28, 2016
  • Mestre Film Festival
    Mestre
    Italy
    November 18, 2016
  • Festival de Cine Fantástico de Torremolinos
    Torremolinos
    Spain
    October 29, 2016
    Best Actor
  • Festival Antic Horror Picture Show
    Barcelona
    Spain
    October 31, 2016
  • Festival de Cine y Video “Cultura Caótica”
    La Paz
    Bolivia, Plurinational State of
    August 1, 2016
  • Festival de Cortometrajes La Vieja Encina
    Sevilla
    Spain
    January 19, 2017
  • Houston WorldFest
    Houston
    United States
    April 29, 2017
Director Biography - Álvaro Congosto

Álvaro Congosto is a Spanish independent filmmaker located in the US East Coast. His latest film The Suitor has obtained 13 awards and screened in more than 70 International film festivals. He Teaches Film Production at Boston University and Wheaton College and has been a Fulbright grantee. Please visit www.alvarocongosto.com and thesuitorfilm.com for more information.

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Director Statement

The Halloween’s Eve of 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio adaptation of War of the Worlds. Thousands of radio listeners witnessed what they thought it was the End of the World. The narration of a presumed alien Invasion caused numerous panic scenes in New York City and many other places in the country. Heart attacks, nervous breakdowns, people screaming on the streets... All those stories are well known nowadays. Unlike The Suitor story.
The Suitor is a fiction film about a lonely man that thanks to this radio show, had the chance to spend one night in companion. The happiest night of his life.