after a room
as writer, director & editor, 2021
Nights are long inside Naomi and Ram’s room. Tonight, they’ve invited Marina over and their messy space is under scrutiny. Exploring intimacy as personal playground, skin as intimate map, Naomi’s docile body is coming loose amidst the tension inside a room she continues knowing and unknowing. The small expressive child inside her is itching to ring its giggle through the night, before day breaks.
'after a room' was shot in March 2020. It premiered at Locarno Film Festival 74 in August 2021, where it was awarded the Swiss Silver Pardino.
The film is a London Film School graduation film and an Idle Eye Production.
Writer-Director: Naomi Pacifique
Producers: Rafael Manuel, Juri Ferri,
& Naomi Pacifique
Cinematographer: Xenia Patricia
Production Designers: Davide Valsecchi & Shira Haimovici
1st AD: Paisley Valentine Walsh
Sound Recordist: Pablo Garrido Carreras
Editor: Naomi Pacifique
Sound Designers: Pablo Garrido Carreras and Edward A Guy, Kamila Wojcik
Colour Grader: Jason R Moffat
Featuring: Naomi Pacifique, Ram Mendoza, Marina Dora , Hugo Koolschijn, Michael Muller, and Anne van der Burg
FESTIVAL & SCREENINGS JOURNEY
WORLD PREMIERE - Locarno Film Festival 74, Pardi di Domani competition, August 2021, Switzerland. Awarded the Pardino d'Argento Swiss Life.
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE - San Sebastian Film Festival 69, NEST competition, September 2021, Spain.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - Festival du Nouveau Cinema 50, International Shorts competition, October 2021, Canada.
Reyjkjavik 18, International Shorts competition, October 2021, Iceland.
Message 2 Man 31, International Shorts competition, November 2021, Russia. Awarded the Centaur Prize for Best Debut Film.
Festival dei Popoli 62, Doc at Work Future Campus, November 2021, Italy.
Kinoprobafest 2021, International Competition, December 2021, Russia.
London Short Film Festival 2022, UK Competition, January 2022. UK.
2ANNAS Riga International Short Film Festival - Short Film Competition, Latvia.
Underwire Film Festival, 2022, Nominated for Best Editing, March 2022. UK.
Filmfest Dresden 2022, International Competition, April 2022. Germany. Special Mention Dresden Short Film Award of the German Film Critics Association
GoShort Film Festival Neijmegen 2022, Dutch Competition, April 2022. Netherlands.
LATIN AMERICAN PREMIERE - 40th International Film Festival of Uruguay (IFFU), International Shorts Competition, April 2022. Uruguay. Awarded Best International Short Film.
BAFICI 2022, International Short Film Competition, April 2022, Argentina.
Riga 2ANNAS 2022 - International Short Film Competition, April 2022, Latvia.
51st Seschüte Film Festival 2022 - Short Fiction Film Competition, April 2022, Germany.
Elbe Dock - International Short Doc Competition, May 2022, Czech Republic & Germany. Awarded the Elbe Dock Award.
Mieres under 60 - Student Short Film Competition, May 2022, Spain. Special Mention Student Film Award.
Short Waves Film Festival 2022 - Program Hot Shorts, June 2022, Poland.
VERS Film Awards - Nominated for Vers Short Film Award, June 2022, Netherlands. Awarded Best Cinematography.
Shortcutz Amsterdam - Official Selection, June 2022, Netherlands.
FEST - New Directors I New Films - NEXXT Competition, June 2022, Portugal.
Postales a Lumière - traveling cinema exhibition by Habitar el Cine, June 2022, Venezuela.
Kortefilm.be & Girls on Film be - Notes to Self, cinema screening, June 2022, Belgium.
Images Film Festival - Haptic Poetics Program, July 2022, Canada.
Diverzies Film Festival - International Short Film Competition, July 2022, Croatia. Special Mention Best Short Film.
Concorto Film Festival - Guilty Pleasures Short Film Program, August 2022, Italy.
Drama International Short Film Festival - International Student Competition, September 2022, Greece.
Equinoxio - Official Competition, September 2022, Columbia.
Ficlapaz - Short Film Competition, September 2022, Argentina.
Festival of Nations - Short Film Competition, September 2022, Austria. Awarded Best Editing.
Girls in Film Prague - Screening Program I-Shorts, September-October 2022, Czech Republick.
ASUFICC - International Short Film Competition, October 2022, Paraguay.
Festival de Cine Independiente de Sogamoso - International Short Film Competition, October 2022, Columbia.
Amsterdam Independent Film Festival - Short Film Competition, October 2022, Netherlands. Awarded Best Dutch Film.
PornyDays Art Film Festival - Porny Shorts Competition, November 2022, Switzerland. Special Mention.
behind the scenes
behind the scenes
PRESS & INTERVIEWS
INTERVIEW WITH SEE NL, EYE FILM MUSEUM'S MAGAZINE: https://see-nl.com/artikel/20210726-locarno-pardi-di-domani-after-a-room-by-naomi-pacifi
COVERAGE OF DUTCH FILMS AWARDED AT LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL: https://see-nl.com/artikel/20210816-three-dutch-co-productions-awarded-at-locarno-2021
INFO PAGE ON LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL'S WEBSITE: https://www.locarnofestival.ch/LFF/program/archive/film/after-a-room?fid=1214276&eid=74
VARIETY'S COVERAGE OF SHORTS AT THE 20TH EDITION OF THE NEST SECTION OF SAN SEBASTIAN: https://variety.com/2021/film/awards/san-sebastian-nest-in-the-woods-1235073191
VARIETY'S INTERVIEW WITH SWISS FILMMAKERS AT THE 20TH EDITION OF THE NEST SECTION OF SAN SEBASTIAN: https://variety.com/2021/film/awards/san-sebastian-nest-in-the-woods-1235073191
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH NEST, SAN SEBASTIAN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5z5QVnWwHc
FEATURE ON DIRECTORS NOTES: https://directorsnotes.com/2022/11/22/naomi-pacifique-after-a-room/