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Mirror

Synopsis: 

She's young. She's in trouble. She's staring at the mirror looking for answers. But what she's about to find can change her life.

Runtime: 
00:03:18

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Information for the Audience: 

IMDB Page: www.imdb.com/title/tt5958158

Facebook Official Page: www.facebook.com/MirrorShortFilm

Micro short film directed by Portuguese CalArtian multi-award winning Sara Eustáquio, 16, starring Canadian award winning young actress Jaimie Marchuk, 14. Student project produced at New York Film Academy, in NYC. Filming location: Manhattan, NYC (digital HD 24 fps, 1920 x 1080) 
Sara Eustáquio, 2016 © All Rights Reserved

Screenings / Awards: 

***Please consider the director's final cut in two other links - (exhibition HD copy 16:9 (1920 x 1080 24fps)***

• Downloadable Mov file (ProRes 422 HQ) 
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• Downloadable MP4 file (H264) 
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Micro short film directed by Portuguese CalArtian multi-award winning Sara Eustáquio, at 16, starring Canadian award-winning young actress Jaimie Marchuk, 14. "Mirror" is the final project of an intensive 3-Week HD filmmaking program at New York Film Academy, in NYC. The film was shot on location in Manhattan during three hours and edited in two (including cut, color correction, FX special effects and sound production). 
Sara Eustaquio, August 2016 © All Rights Reserved

Trailer: http://youtu.be/BV8VQ94ecsg / http://vimeo.com/210132767

Synopsis 
She’s young. She’s in trouble. She’s staring at the mirror looking for answers. 
But what she's about to find can change her life.

Awards: 
• Award of Merit (Film Short) (Accolade Global Film Competition), September 2016, USA 
• Award of Merit (Film Short) (Best Shorts Competition), September 2016, USA 
• Jury Award (Best Short Film) (Mediterranean Film Festival), October 2016, Italy 
• Best Woman Filmmaker (Barcelona Planet Film Festival), October 2016, Spain 
• Award of Merit (Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger) (IndieFest Film Awards), October 2016, USA 
• Best Cinematography (Seoul ICARUS Drone International Film Festival), October 2016, South Korea 
• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival), October 2016, USA 
• Best Woman Filmmaker and Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Chandler International Film Festival), October 2016, USA 
• Jury Award/Special Mention (Global Shorts Film Festival), October 2016, USA 
• Award of Recognition for Best Action/Thriller Short Student (Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival), October 2016, USA 
• Kudos Endeavor Award for Best Inspirational Short (Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition), November 2016, USA 
• Best New Filmmaker (Canadian Diversity Film Festival), November 2016, Canada 
• Outstanding Achievement Award (Berlin Flash Film Festival), November 2016, Germany 
• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards), November 2016, USA 
• Award of Recognition (Wellington Student Film Festival), November 2016, USA 
• Bronze Award (Student Film) (Fameus International Film Festival), December 2016, USA 
• Best Mystery Film (Los Angeles Film Awards), December 2016, USA 
• Silver Award (Student Film Competition) (California Film Awards), January 2017, USA 
• Honorable Mention (One-Reeler Short Film Competition), January 2017, USA 
• Best Mystery Film (Festigious International Film Festival), January 2017, USA 
• Best Student Actress (European Cinematography AWARDS), January 2017, Poland 
• Best Young Actress (Los Angeles Film Awards), February 2017, USA 
• Best Child/Young Actress (London Independent Film Awards), February 2017, UK 
• Best Young Actress (Festigious International Film Festival), February 2017, USA 
• Honorable Mention (Thriller/Horror) (Filmmatic International Short Film Awards), March 2017, USA 
• Award of Recognition (Lead Actress) (Accolade Global Film Competition), March 2017, USA 
• Award of Merit (Student Film) (Depth Of Field International Film Festival), March 2017, USA 
• Award of Recognition (Leading Actress, Student) (Best Shorts Competition), March 2017, USA 
• Special Mention (Student Short Film) and Best Young Actress (Short Film) (Five Continents International Film Festival), April 2017, Venezuela 
• Best Sound / Music (Largo Film Awards), April 2017, USA 
• NYC Indie Jury Award for Best Director and Diamond Award for Best Short Film (NYC Indie Film Awards), May 2017, USA 
• Honorable Mention (Best Femme Fatale Actress) (L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Festival), May 2017, USA 
• Award of Merit (Favorite Student Film) (Bloody Horror International Film Festival), May 2017, Canada 
• Audience Choice Award (Indie Film) (Top Shorts Film Festival), May 2017, USA 
• Best Female Filmmaker of the Month and Best Audience Choice Award of the Month (Direct Short Online Film Festival), May 2017, USA 
• Best Student Film and Best Audience Choice (Direct Monthly Online Film Festival), May 2017, USA 
• Best Short Film (Gold Award), Best Director (Award of Merit), and Best Actress (Gold Award) (LA Shorts Awards), June 2017, USA 
• Best Actress (Silver Award) (NYC Indie Film Awards), June 2017, USA 
• Best Student Short (Gold Award), Best Director (Gold Award), and Best Actress (Silver Award) (Mindfield Film Festival - Los Angeles), June 2017, USA 
• Silver Award (Horror Short) (Spotlight Horror Film Awards), June 2017, USA 
• Best Experimental and Best Actress (Gold Movie Awards Goddess Nike), June 2017, UK 
• Spotlight Award: Short (Elevation Indie Film Awards), July 2017, Ireland 
• Best Short Film (SmartFest), July 2017, Portugal 
• Best Student Film (Diamond Award), Best Student Director and Best Actress (Diamond Award) (Hollywood Film Competition), July 2017, USA 
• Best Film of The Month (AAB International Film Festival), July 2017, India 
• Best Short Film (Gold Award), Best Director (Gold Award), and Best Actress (Silver Award) (Los Angeles Horror Competition), August 2017, USA 
• Best Young Filmmaker and Best Young Actress (New York Film Awards), August 2017, USA 
• Rising Star (Gold Award) and Newcomer Filmmaker of the Year (Silver Award) (International Film Competition Festival) September 2017, Indonesia 
• Best Picture (Student Film) (Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards and Festival), September 2017, USA 
• Best Actress (Asheville Film Festival), September 2017, USA 
• Best Jury Award of the Year (AAB International Film Festival), September 2017, India 
• Best Student Film (Lake View International Film Festival), September 2017, India 
• Best Directing and Best Student Film (Silver Awards) (International Independent Film Awards), September 2017, USA 
• Best Teenage Filmmaker Foreign Film (Roselle Park Shorts! Film Festival), September 2017, USA 
• Best Short Film (Bronze Award), Best Editing (Gold Award), and Best Cinematography (Bronze Award) (Mindfield Film Festival - Albuquerque), October 2017, USA 
• Best Actress (Bronze Award) (European Independent Film Award), October 2017, Australia 
• Best Director Student Film and Award Of Recognition (Student Filmmakers) (Hollywood Now Film Festival), October 2017, USA 
• Young Filmmaker Best Cinematography (Outlaw International Film Festival), November 2017, USA 
• Best Editing (High School category) (Festival de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada), November 2017, Brazil 
• Best One Actress Horror Film (Avalonia Festival), December 2017, USA

Nominations: 
• Nomination for Best Narrative Short Film (Barcelona Planet Film Festival), September 2016, Spain 
• Nomination for Best Student (Los Angeles CineFest), October 2016, USA 
• Nomination for Best Student Short (Eerie Horror Film Festival), November 2016, USA 
• Nomination for Best Actress (Barcelona Planet Film Festival), February 2017, Spain 
• Nomination for Best Director (Independent Horror Movies Awards), April 2017, Canada 
• Nomination for Best Student Short (FROSTBITE International Film Festival), May 2017, USA 
• Nomination for Best Horror Film (NCCC Film & Animation Festival), May 2017, USA 
• Nomination for Best Actress (Top Shorts Film Festival), May 2017, USA 
• Nominations for Best Director and Best Student Film (Top Indie Film Awards), May 2017, Canada 
• Nomination for Best Experimental Film (Scout Film Festival), June 2017, USA 
• Nomination for Best Trailer (Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival), June 2017, Canada 
• Nominations for Best Actress Award and "Single Scariest Moment" Award (Horror Films in Hotlanta), July 2017, USA 
• Nomination for Young Filmmakers Award (High Peak Independent Film Festival), July 2017, UK 
• Nomination for Best Student Film (Short to the Point International Film Festival), August 2017, Romania 
• Nomination for Best Editing of the Year (Shortcutz Viseu), September 2017, Portugal 
• Nominations for Best Student Film, Best Actress, Best Photography and Best Cinematography (Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival), October 2017, Canada 
• Nominations for Best Film and Best Actress (Sunlight International Film Festival), October 2017, Germany 
• Nomination for Female Filmmaker Showcase Award (Shortcut 100 Film Festival), October 2017, USA 
• Nomination for Best Young Adult Film (Ocktober Film Festival), October 2017, USA 
• Nomination for 2017 Student Vision Award (EyeCatcher Film Festival), November 2017, USA 
• Nomination for Best Narrative Short (Philadelphia Youth Film Festival), November 2017, USA 
• Nomination for Best World Cinema (Student Films) (Delhi International Film Festival), December 2017, India 
• Nomination for Best Student Film (US Hollywood International Golden Film Awards), December 2017, USA

Other Official Selections: 
• Horror Online Art Film Festival of Navarra, October 2016, Spain 
• Second Asia International (Wenzhou) Youth Short-Film Exhibition, October 2016, China 
• POST MORTEM - International Horror and Bizarre Short Film Festival, October 2016, Mexico 
• Cine Latino Minneapolis St. Paul - Youth Shorts, November 2016, USA 
• YMOTION – Concurso e Mostra de Cinema Jovem, November 2016, Portugal 
• Miami Independent Film Festival, November 2016, USA 
• Rivercity Underground Film Festival, November 2016, USA 
• International Short & Independent Film Festival, December 2016, Bangladesh 
• International Online Web Fest, December 2016, UK 
• London Monthly Film Festival, December 2016, UK 
• Festival de Cortometrajes 'Jose Francisco Rosado' PACAS, December 2016, Spain 
• TMC London Film Festival, December 2016, UK 
• IndieWise Virtual Film Festival, January 2017, USA 
• Girls Don't Cry Film Festival, January 2017, USA 
• Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest, January 2017, Romania 
• Best Film Awards, January 2017, Romania 
• Catharsis International Film Festival, February 2017, Belgium 
• Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, February 2017, Germany 
• Los Angeles San Rafael Film Festival, February 2017, Spain 
• WIND International Film Festival, February 2017, USA 
• Hollywood Screenings Film Festival, March 2017, USA 
• South Georgia Film Festival, March 2017, USA 
• RGU Film Festival, March 2017, UK 
• Central Film Festival, March 2017, USA 
• CinéStudent Film Festival, March 2017, USA 
• Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival, March 2017, USA 
• Fylde Film Showcase, March 2017, UK 
• Indiana Comic Con Film Festival, April 2017, USA 
• Shortcutz Lisboa, April 2017, Portugal 
• Guildford Free Film Festival, April 2017, UK 
• Boynton Beach Short Film Festival, April 2017, USA 
• Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, April 2017, USA 
• Feel The Reel International Film Festival, April 2017, UK 
• Near Nazareth Film Festival, May 2017, Israel 
• GardenCity International Film Festival, May 2017, India 
• Ouchy Film Awards, May 2017, Switzerland 
• Baretower Forge World Film Competition, May 2017, USA 
• Golden Bull Film Festival, May 2017, Turkey 
• Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival, May 2017, South Korea 
• TERMINUS Conference + Festival, June 2017, USA 
• Underground FilmFest, June 2017, Germany 
• Hollywood Dead Film Festival, June 2017, USA 
• Underground Indie Film Festival, June 2017, USA 
• Woodengate International Film Festival, June 2017, Romania 
• Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival, July 2017, USA 
• 300 Seconds Short Film Festival, July 2017, Canada 
• Elche International Independent Film Festival, July 2017, Spain 
• Reading Fringe Film Festival, July 2017, UK 
• FotoFilm Tijuana, July 2017, Mexico 
• Clifton Film Fest, July 2017, USA 
• Short of the Month Festival, July 2017, India 
• Caribbean Film Festival & Market, August 2017, Bahamas 
• Movies4movies Film Festival, August 2017, USA 
• Indie Night Film Festival, August 2017, USA 
• Monterrey International Film Festival, August 2017, Mexico 
• AM Egypt Film Festival, August 2017, Egypt 
• Sidewalk Film Festival, August 2017, USA 
• Model City Film Festival, August 2017, USA 
• Move Me Productions Belgium - Film Festival, August 2017, Belgium 
• FARCUME, Festival de Curtas-Metragens de Faro, August 2017, Portugal 
• Roma Cinema DOC, August 2017, Italy 
• UK Monthly Film Festival, August 2017, UK 
• International Inter University Short Film Festival, August 2017, Bangladesh 
• Prelude2Cinema Presents Film Festival, August 2017, USA 
• San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival, September 2017, USA 
• Beijing International Film Festival, September 2017, China 
• Cinema New York City Festival, September 2017, USA 
• Covellite International Film Festival, September 2017, USA 
• Sydney Indie Film Festival, September 2017, Australia 
• Downtown Tyler Film Festival, September 2017, USA 
• Wasteland Film Festival, September 2017, USA 
• Lucky Strike Films Festival, September 2017, USA 
• CK Film Festival - Long Island, September 2017, USA 
• Arouca Film Festival, September 2017, Portugal 
• Genre Celebration Festival, September 2017, China 
• Hollywood CineFest International Film Festival, September 2017, USA 
• Big Terror Horror Short Film Festival, September 2017, USA 
• Laughlin International Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Tulipoff International Film Festival, October 2017, Iran 
• Twin Lion International Short Film Festival, October 2017, India 
• All American High School Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Les Films de la Toile, October 2017, France 
• Fright-Days, October 2017, UK 
• Lake Charles Film & Music Festival, October 2017, USA 
• FANtastic Horror Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Arlington International Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Shawna Shea Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Real To Reel - Global Youth Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Awareness Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• FICSAM International Mental Health Film Festival, October 2017, Portugal 
• Anatomy: Crime - Horror International Film Festival, October 2017, Greece 
• Kaohsiung International Short Film Competition, October 2017, Taiwan 
• Hollywood Silver Screen Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Upstate NY Horror Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• International Short Film Festival Kalmthout, October 2017, Belgium 
• Festival Brasil de Cinema Internacional, October 2017, Brazil 
• First Scene & Short Film Screenplay Festival, October 2017, USA 
• Cardiff International Film Festival, October 2017, Wales 
• PiGrecoZen FilmFest, October 2017, Italy 
• The Hollywood Hills Awards, October 2017, USA 
• Moving Pictures Festival, October 2017, Belgium 
• Fake Flesh Film Fest, October 2017, Canada 
• Diabolical Horror Film Festival, October 2017, USA 
• ReadingFilmFEST, November 2017, USA 
• Underground Cinema Short Film Awards, November 2017, Ireland 
• Our Voices Film Festival, November 2017, Canada 
• Directors Cut Film Festival, November 2017, Canada 
• Asian Film Centre Global Fest, November 2017, India 
• Best Independents International Film Festival, December 2017, Germany 
• MMTB International Film Festival, December 2017, USA 
• Bloodstained Indie Film Festival, December 2017, China 
• Filmstrip International Film Festival, December 2017, USA 
• Student Feedback Film & Screenplay Festival, January 2018, USA 
• Worldwide Women's Film Festival, February 2018, USA

 

Appraisals

 

“A wonderful piece of filmmaking” 
Bucharest ShortCut CineFest

“An absolute mind-trip” 
Horror Films in Hotlanta

“Deeply impressive what a 17-year-old teenager can do with a movie camera” 
Best Film Awards

“'Mirror' is the work of a pro” 
Utah Film Awards

“A surprisingly bold and sophisticated short film” 
Ouchy Film Awards

“Impressive filmmaking skills from editing, make up right through to direction” 
Largo Film Awards

"Sara Eustáquio astutely displays her talent as a filmmaker" 
Filmstrip International Film Festival

“An excellent well-executed film with a simple premise” 
Elevation Indie Film Awards

 

 

Director biography

IMDB page: www.imdb.com/name/nm8112454

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. "4242" got 53 awards, 35 nominations and was officially selected for 174 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" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5958158). "Mirror" got 80 awards, 29 nominations and was officially selected for 188 international film festivals in 32 countries (http://youtu.be/BV8VQ94ecsg).

In October 2016, Sara wrote a short script entitled "Neverland". So far, 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".

Directed by: 
Sara Eustaquio
Writing credits: 
Sara Eustaquio
Cast: 
Jaimie Marchuck
Produced by: 
New York Film Academy
Music by: 
Paul Corner, aka Powlos, and Victor Eustaquio, aka LabVic
Cinematography by: 
Sara Eustaquio
Film Editing by: 
Sara Eustaquio
Release Date: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Official sites: 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5958158
Total votes: 5184

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