Sydney Clara Brafman is an award winning writer and filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. Her focus drives her to study the human condition, the irony of circumstance, the tragedy of humor and the environments they inhabit with a wicked sense of humor and style. When she's not making movies, she's passionately hating cocoa, removing stage blood stains from her clothing, and enjoying cats on the street.
In short, humor and tragedy are two sides of the same coin to me, so I’d never consider one without the other. That’s what’s most frightening, how things so terrifying can also be full of humor. Often, you don’t see how difficult it can actually be to kill someone. It can take up to 4 minutes to fully strangle someone, and that’s IF it’s done correctly. Don’t tell me that’s not in the slight bit humorous. That’s an ordeal. What’s going through someones head in that amount of time? Well, the victim is probably terrified and begging for their life. But the killer? They could be wondering if they left the oven on. Which not only means they were using the oven to cook something, but that something potentially distracted them from turning it off. There’s a whole plot right there.
An antagonist has their own story, far more interesting than they’re given credit for. Everyone can be a psychopath, it just takes the right situation. Squib Films is a moment of impact that blurs reality and fiction. This stylistic attitude can only be visualized with an equally bold atmosphere; strong bright colors, stylistic set design. But with more blood, of course. At least, that’s how I see horror.
"She just oozes that kind of horrific charm that guarantees a chilling slice of the macabre [and] the makings of the next big name in horror" (Ramblings Magazine)
Pratt Institute; Film Production & Cinema Studies Minor 2015
International Baccalaureate 2011
NOCTI Culinary Certification 2010
15 Second Horror Film Challenge OFFICIAL SELECTION Online 2018
Medusa Underground Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Las Vegas, NV 2018
Quickie Fest OFFICIAL SELECTION Brooklyn, NY 2018
15 Second Horror Film Challenge WINNER 38th Place Online 2017
TROMA TROMATIC PICKS Top 10 WINNER 5th Place
INDIE HORROR MAG BEST HORROR COMEDY Top 10 WINNER 8th Place
JUDGE PICKS JILL SIXX Top 10 WINNER 1st Place
JUDGE PICKS HANNAH FIERMAN Top 10 WINNER 6th Place
JUDGE PICKS JACKEY RAYE NEYMAN JONES Top 10 WINNER 10th Place
NYWIFT Fall Shorts Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Online 2017
7 CINEMA "2017: A Real Piece of Work" OFFICIAL SELECTION NiteHawk Cinema 2017
EL CUCO IS HUNGRY
Nitehawk Shorts Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION New York NY 2018
Official Latino Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION New York NY 2018
Dragon Con Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION New York NY 2018
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Brooklyn NY 2018
Fort Lauderdale International Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Ft Lauderdale FL 2018
Asian American Film Lab WINNER GRAND PRIZE New York NY 2018
Women's Weekend Film Challenge OFFICIAL SELECTION New York NY 2017
Freak Flag Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Brooklyn NY 2018
SQUIB (feature screenplay)
FEAR Awards OFFICIAL SELECTION Best Screenplay Online 2017
iHorror Awards FINALIST Best Screenplay Online 2017
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest FINALIST Best Screenplay Charleston SC 2017
Die Laughing Film Fest FINALIST Best Screenplay Hollywood CA 2017
New York City Horror Film Festival FINALIST Best Screenplay New York NY 2017
Los Angeles Film Awards WINNER Best Horror Screenplay Los Angeles 2017
London Film Awards WINNER Best First Time Writer; 5th Place London 2017
The Horror of Science in 21st Century Film Published by Labocine Brooklyn 2017
Imagine Science Symbiosis Film Festival Weeklong filmmaking competition Brooklyn 2016
SQUIB the short
the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Select and Juried Screening Brooklyn 2015
Wherever It Takes You Pratt Institute Screening and Reception Brooklyn 2015
Home is Where the House Is Pratt Institute Film/Video and Photography Thesis Exhibition Manhattan 2015
The ever entertaining and completely illegitimate watchonlineforfree.co.uk
The even more hilarious and illegitimate squib2015movie.tumblr.com
Quickie Fest Brooklyn, NY 2018
Marché du Film Festival De Cannes Short Film Corner Cannes, FR 2014
a New York Super Week special engagement a part of New York Comicon Manhattan, NY 2014
Internet Cat Video Festival tour created by the Walker Art Center 40 US States, SXSW, Japan, Greece, Sweden, Australia 2014
The First (and Probably Last) Annual Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans Brooklyn, NY 2013
Featured on AnimalPlanet.com 2013
Passages Bar Monday Movie Night Brooklyn, NY 2013
Wallabout Film Festival Brooklyn, NY 2012
Native Society "An interview with Sydney Clara Brafman: Award winning Writer and Filmmaker"
PerNYC "Tiny Terrors as per Sydney Clara Brafman on this perNYC episode! Sydney is the creator of Tiny Terrors, an anthology of creepy teeny films. In other words, "Tiny Terrors is a horror anthology series determined to explore the nexus of fear, comedy, and filmmaking".
Variety Magazine "In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment." Online and in print April 28th 2015
Ramblings Magazine "Sydney Clara Brafman just oozes that kind of horrific charm that guarantees a chilling slice of the macabre...[she] not only promises to be full of disturbing imagery but also promises the psychological pangs of truly great horror... Squib has all the making of being a truly great horror film and Brafman the makings of the next big name in horror."
The Hollywood News Returning for another year the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival brings women directed horror and gore to the forefront
PerNYC "Tiny Terrors as per Sydney Clara Brafman on this perNYC episode!"
SQUIB the short
Reel Bloody Horror "There is a great chemistry between the two filmmakers [Shaun and Mac], and one that comes with a smidge of charm, clever & quick-witted humor, and of course, a fantastic and macabre dedication to the art. Squib was smart, captivating, chuckle-inducing…and bloody to boot!"
Featured in print 2015-2016 issue of UNDERGRAD BULLETIN
Featured on F*ck Yeah Women Film Directors
Featured in print Spring 2015 issue of Ubiquitous Magazine
Featured in print 2015 issue of Pratt Show NYC X Design Magazine
Featured on Film Pulse
Featured on Hallow-Holics Anonymous
Featured on Pratt Kickstarter
Featured in print in the Festival De Cannes Short Film Catalogue
Featured in print Fall 2014 issue of PRATTFOLIO: The Magazine of Pratt Institute
Featured in print 2014-2015 issue of UNDERGRAD BULLETIN
Delivered Lunch silkscreen piece featured online and in print Fall 2013 issue of Ubiquitous Magazine.