Dark Room

“We hear faint sounds, we see blurred images. Who are we and who is trying to contact us?”

Dark Room Poster

A family is inside a freestanding room-sized camera obscura by a small lake. They observe the image projected through the pinhole, when suddenly something scares them.

I always try to push boundaries – my own at least. Here the entire film is shot without a lens, just with a pinhole adapter in front of the camera cell. So basically it is a timelapse, but that’s a necessity because of the long exposure times needed. The film name Dark Room means Camera Obscura – which basically is the technique used to produce the images.

In the end the poster almost became more important for the film. All the bogus festivals and awards serve as criticism against the “scam festival industry”. Dark Room became a piece of conceptual art telling the story of something that at the same exists and does not exist. Something where you don’t lie, yet your story is not true either. It’s a testament to the modern times and confusion.

A blog post.

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Cinemaking International Film Festival
Amsterdam Freedom Independent IFF
The Black Panther International Short Film Festival
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions @ PinewoodStudios
Rohip International Film Festival
8 & Halfilm Awards
21114 – Film fest
Bestlov Film Festival
Onyko Films Awards
Paradise Film Festival
Crown Wood International Film Festival
Ealing Film Festival
Anatolia International Film Festival
Iconic Images Film Festival
Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival
Savona International Film Event
Beyond Earth Film Festival
The Filmmaker’s Space Film Festival – WINNER, Best Short Experimental
Blackboard International Film Festival – WINNER, Best Experimental Film
Golden Lion International Film Festival (GLIFF) – WINNER, Best Experimental Short Film
Rohip International Film Festival – WINNER, Best International short film
World Indie Film Awards – WINNER, Best Experimental Short
Subathra International Film Festival – WINNER, Special Mention Award, Best International Short Film
Caravan International Film Festival – WINNER, Experimental Films
Sittannavasal International Film Festival – WINNER
Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival – FINALIST
Spring Time International Film Festival – FINALIST
T.I.F.A. – Tietê International Film Awards – FINALIST
Robinson Film Awards (International Film Festival) – SEMI-FINALIST