Short Film
CFC - In Character - Maya Rises
Area of media:
Short Film
Open to Actra and Non-Union Members - Unpaid as per CFC/ACTRA agreement
Aug 5, 2022
Shooting starts:
Aug 17, 2022 
Shooting finishes:
Aug 21, 2022 
Shooting locations:
Toronto - Will be required for 2 days of shooting
Cities for response:
The CFC’s “In Character” Productions are original, character driven 2-hander scenes, written by the writers and directed by the directors in the Norman Jewison Film Program. These are intended to further our filmmakers appreciation of character work, and deepen the director’s work with actors within a very contained on-set exercise. Actors involved in these productions will have the opportunity to work with 2 different directors as they direct them in the same scene.

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

Christine Rodriguez is an award-winning playwright based in Montreal, and founder and producer at Productions La Tigresse. Her debut short film, Fuego, played at festivals around the world, including the 2021 American Black Film Festival and Cannes (Marché du Film). In 2021, Christine participated in the Warner Bros. Discovery Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program, working on the feature screenplay of Fuego. Most recently, she received a grant from the Rogers - BSO Development Fund to write the pilot for her TV series Nina's 80s. Christine is inspired by her multicultural environment and her Afro-Trinidadian heritage. Christine holds a Certificate of Professional Screenwriting from UCLA.
A woman, who recently started hearing eerie voices, asks her childhood friend for help finding her birth parents so she can figure out if there’s a history of mental health issues in her family.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
LeadMayaFemale 30 - 35 Years old
Female. 30-35. Black/Mixed-race. An integration aide at an
elementary school, she’s kind and gentle; a devoted mother to her five-year-old daughter,
Penelope. Her husband, Jonathan, was recently murdered. She hears voices, suffers black outs
and experiences ghoulish nightmares, and she’s determined to find out why.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
LeadMarlonMale 30 - 35 Years old
Male. 30-35. Black. Tall and handsome, the single dad all the
moms at school fantasize about. A by-the-book detective who follows the evidence and facts.
He’s thoughtful and patient, especially when it comes to his autistic son, Courtney (5). Maya
and Trent have known each other since childhood. Given recent events, he feels he needs to
protect her.