Short Film
ACTRA MIP - "Trapped by the Neighbor: A Tale of Survival"
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Area of media:
Short Film
Apr 29, 2024
We are STRAIGHT booking from submissions.
Shooting starts:
May 5, 2024 8:30 am
Shooting finishes:
May 5, 2024 3:45pm
Shooting locations:
Montreal, Quebec
Cities for response:
Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa
Synopsis/ Storyline: PIPER, troubled by neighbor BILL’S nightly blaring music, stumbles upon the revelation that he has a mysterious wife named LILIANA. Never having seen her, PIPER's instincts ignite worry that Liliana may be in danger. Suspicion grows as PIPER begins to believe that the music is just a cover for sinister acts. The question lingers: Is being a good neighbor about confronting doubt, or does one risk intruding on privacy? The line blurs, leaving PIPER questioning what's right.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
LeadPIPERFemale 30 - 40 Years old
LEAD - PIPER HAWLEY, female 30. Kind, patient and intuitive. She’s reached her limit over next door neighbor BILL’s loud music that he blasts night after night when we first meet her and while she intends to solve the problem without issue, things take a turn when he completely dismisses her requests for respect. Suspicions arise when she discovers that he has a wife that she’s never seen, but her fears that something is terribly wrong are confirmed when she finally meets Liliana.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
LeadBILLMale 40 - 50 Years old
LEAD - BILL GEINS: Male, 40s. Cocky and fearless. He’s a man who is used to getting what he wants, who doesn’t fear authority or repercussions. While we never see him physically or emotionally abusing Liliana, we know that he uses force to get what he wants. Even as he’s being arrested does he maintain his intimidating presence, even going as far as dishing out one final threat.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
LeadLILIANAFemale 35 - 45 Years old
LEAD - LILIANA GEINS: Female late 30s. Kind and quiet, speaks with her eyes. She’s endured a lot and while fear of consequence sees her protecting BILL off the top, her desperation - need for help - becomes apparent when she finds a friend in PIPER . Her hope for a better life reignites at the end when BILL is arrested.
Role typeRoleGender & Age range
LeadOFFICER MILLSMale 30 - 40 Years old
LEAD: OFFICER MILLS: Male, 30s. Straightforward and unfazed by much. He’s focused on his job, plays by the rules and isn’t concerned with reading between the lines. He doesn’t let his emotions get the best of him, but we do see a bit of softness when he arrests BILL.

Scenes 2 & 6: A police officer uniform.