Sylvia is now an OSCAR QUALIFIED short film - acceptance as one of just 10 films in to Manhattan Short Film Festival qualifies us for the 2020 Academy Award consideration.


​A loving family set off in their car on what seems like a carefree family outing. As Mandy drives, they sing along to a favourite song, stop for ice- creams and play eye-spy. However, it gradually becomes clear that this isn’t a family outing after all, and that their destination isn’t a happy one. In fact, their destination is the house of a man, due to buy their car, and only once the car has stopped does the actuality of the narrative fully manifest.

Written and Directed by Richard Prendergast

Produced by Rachel Prendergast

Executive Producers - Benjamin Hartley, Andrew Buckley


Jolie Lennon
Benjamin Hartley
Gaynor Fraser
Maisie Prendergast
Evie Prendergast
Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Willow Major
Carl Harding


1st Unit

​1st AD - Andrew Prendergast
Cinematography - Rowan Biddiscombe
1st AC - Tom Coe
Sound Recordist - Blai Escayola
Make Up/Stylist - Jo Gosnell / Colour Me Me
Health and Safety - Mark Prendergast
Chaperone - Peter & Kay Carroll
Runner/Photographer - Will Dimsdale

​2nd Unit

​1st AD - Jack Simpson
Cinematography - Tom Coe
1st AC - Robbie Stevens
Drone Operator - Andy Bodycombe (HexCam)
Drone Operator - Elliott Corke (HexCam)
Cable-Cam/tracking vehicle Operator - Craig Hodgkinson
Stills Photography - Kelly Simone

Casting - MFS Casting

Script Editor - Lander Hawes

Editor - Jack Clayton Wright

Original Score - Jonathan Hamer

Special Thanks

Sabrina Archey
Kevin Duke
HexCam –
Andrew Prendergast
Kevin Buckles & Alvin Parker - First Group Buses
Carolyn & Matthew Naylor - Naylor Flowers
Simon & Rachel Carroll
Trish Hodgkinson
Michelle Farr
Simon Scott
Andrew Saunders
Julien Mery – FILM Suffolk
Jonathan Carroll
Barry Brooks
Ed Wharton

Our amazing crew and cast!


Upcoming Screenings:

​Underwire Film Festival 2019

Calgary International Film Festival 2019 *Oscar Qualifying

Edmonton International Film Festival 2019 *Oscar Qualifying

Manhattan SHort Film Festival 2019 *Oscar Qualifying

Show Low Film festival 2019

​Festivals & Awards to date:



New Renaissance Film Festival - Best Actress

Chelmsford Film Festival - Best Actress

Cordillera International Film Festival - Jury Award Best of Fest

The American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival - Best Short Film

Top Shorts - Annual Awards - Best Actress

Top Shorts - Annual Awards - Runner Up Best Short Film


​Sydney Indy Film Festival - Best Film

Norwich Film Festival - Best East Anglia Film *BIFA & BAFTA Qualifying

Tri-Force Film Festival- William Bryne Award for Promising Director

Overcome Film Festival - Best Director
London Independent Film Awards - Best Short Film

Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival - Best Short Film

London Lift Off Film Festival - Special Mention for Best Short Film



Young Directors Award with Shots Creative - Best Director / Short Film

​BAFTA - Best Short Film Long List (Top 20)

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival - Finalist Best Short Film *BAFTA Cymru Qualifying

Chelmsford Film Festival - Best Actress

Chelmsford Film Festival - Best Short Film

Chelmsford Film Festival - Best Screenplay

Top Shorts - Annual Awards - Best Young Actress


​Lift-Off Global - Best Short Film

Gold Movie Awards - Finalist Best Short Film

Official Selection

Foyle Film Festival *Oscar & BAFTA Qualifying

Palm Springs International Short Fest *Oscar & BAFTA Qualifying

Indy Shorts International Film Festival *Oscar Qualifying

Still Voices Short Film Festival

Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival *Oscar & BAFTA Qualifying

Show Low Film festival

Underwire Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival *Oscar Qualifying

Edmonton International Film Festival *Oscar Qualifying

Manhattan Short Film Festival *Oscar Qualifying

" If you want to find the good in this world and empathy in other’s sufferings, then ‘Sylvia’ is for you. For this movie pierces your heart with its emotional storyline and heart-tugging performances, like none other." - Indie Shorts Mag, Feb 2019

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