Experimental student project (work in progress) of Portuguese multi award-winning young filmmaker Sara Eustaquio as BFA1 in Film and Video at CalArts, California.
Sara Eustaquio, December 2017 © All Rights Reserved
It is strange how we're so hung up on our past.
But now it's time to move on. I can't have you back, and you can't have me back. It is time to leave Neverland and start living in the grown-up world.
• Best Microfilm (Los Angeles Film Awards), January 2018, USA
• Best Young Filmmaker (Honorable Mention) (Global Film Festival Awards), January 2018, USA
• Best Experimental (Platinum Award) (LA Shorts Awards), January 2018, USA
• Best Student Film (Lake View International Film Festival), January • 2018, India
• Best Short Film (Bronze Award) (Mindfield Film Festival - Albuquerque), February 2018, USA
• Best Audience Award of the Month (Direct Short Online Film Festival), January 2018, USA
• Nomination for Best Student Short (Global Film Festival Awards), January 2018, USA
• Nomination for Best Student Film (Top Indie Film Awards), January 2018, Canada
• Nomination for Best Narrative Short Film (Barcelona Planet Film Festival), January 2018, Spain
Other Official Selections:
• Five Continents International Film Festival, December 2017, Venezuela
• Mediterranean Film Festival, January 2018, Italy
• Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, January 2018, USA
• Festigious International Film Festival, January 2018, USA
• Los Angeles CineFest, January 2018, USA
• Bechdel Film Festival, February 2018, USA
• European Cinematography AWARDS, February 2017, Poland
• Hollywood Screenings Film Festival, March 2018, USA
Sara Eustáquio, born in September 1999, is a Portuguese young filmmaker who currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a BFA student majoring Film and Video at CalArts (California Institute of The Arts).
Passionate about photography and movies since the childhood, she shot at 14, in Portugal, her first short film, "Elizabeth" (about teenage bullying), with a small digital camera. The project began as a simple artistic presentation for an English class in high school. The enthusiasm with which it was received led her to upload it on YouTube. Surprisingly, the homemade video reached over 10,000 views in the first days (http://youtu.be/qjYyB8MQZQU).
After that, she started becoming involved in some local school and youth associations' video productions.
In May 2016, at 16, Sara released "4242", her first short fiction narrative film, also produced in Portugal (www.imdb.com/title/tt5680176). "4242" got 54 awards, 34 nominations and was officially selected for 179 international film festivals in 40 countries (http://youtu.be/oemLpOFHnnE).
In August 2016, she successfully completed an intensive summer program in filmmaking at New York Film Academy, in New York City, where she made her second narrative fiction, the micro-short mystery film "Mirror" (www.imdb.com/title/tt5958158). "Mirror" got 82 awards, 31 nominations and was officially selected for 197 international film festivals in 32 countries (http://youtu.be/BV8VQ94ecsg).
In October 2016, Sara wrote a short script entitled "Neverland". The screenplay got 3 awards, 2 nominations and was officially selected for 9 international film festivals in 5 countries.
In November 2016, Sara was awarded a medal of merit by the mayor of her hometown, Torres Vedras, for her remarkable personal achievements in filmmaking. In January 2017, Sara was awarded another prize of merit by the board of her high school, Escola Secundaria Henriques Nogueira, for her remarkable personal achievements in filmmaking and inspirational path for Portuguese students.
In April 2017, she was awarded a scholarship by the Walt and Lilly Disney Foundation for her college studies.
In November 2017, Sara was awarded a diploma of recognition by the City of Los Angeles for her "dedication to improving the local and global community through youth media arts".
In December 2017, Sara completed a new microfilm, "Creation", her first experimental work directed in California as a student project in CalArts (www.imdb.com/title/tt7757030). "Creation" got 6 awards, 3 nominations and was officially selected for 16 international film festivals in 7 countries.