AWI Short Film Competition


Mariana submerges beneath the waves to escape her immobilizing agoraphobia, and in the calm depths reveals a complicated family history through intimate conversations with her mother.


Content heads up: discussion of anxiety, agoraphobia, suicidal ideation

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Director: Mariana Osuna

Majoring in Media Studies and Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mariana actively participated in workshops and seminars such as the 1st Showcase of University Short Films (2004), produced and host the Radio-TV show “Ibereando” (2005) broadcasted within University Facilities and nearby locations. As part of her thesis project in 2004/05 she developed and ran the film workshop for kids in the rural community of Tlaxcalancingo where she was completing her social service practice. The outcome of the workshop was the short named “La Tlahuelpuchi” (2005) which she mainly wrote, produced, directed and acted by the children on the workshop as an example of how media can improve the acknowledge of their own community and traditions. Mariana moved to Canada in 2006 to pursue a career in film production. Her first short film Solids & Stripes was part of the Official Selection at the Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival 2010. Her short film “3: Three, Tres, Trois" was part of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in Toronto in 2013. It is also an official selection for Indie Nite @ the Carlton sponsored by the Raindance Film Festival (Toronto, ON) in August 2014, and submitted in the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (Belfast) in October 2014. Mariana lives in Canada and works as a freelancer in Toronto and Mexico.

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