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ABOUT

 

Hello

 
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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.
 

 
 

A statement

 

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)

 
 
 

Diplomas

Pratt Institute; Film Production & Cinema Studies Minor 2015
International Baccalaureate 2011
NOCTI Culinary Certification 2010

 
 
 

 

Filmography

  • The Only Thing I Love More Than You Is Ranch Dressing

    • Short to the Point International Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Bucharest, ROMANIA 2018

    • Southern States Indie Fan Film Festival FINALIST Bilxoi, MI 2019

    • 15 Second Horror Film Challenge OFFICIAL SELECTION Online 2018

      • BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR Top 10 WINNER 4th Place

      • BEST BODY HORROR Top 10 WINNER 6th Place

      • BEST TWIST ENDINGS Top 10 WINNER 8th Place

      • JUDGE PICKS SPOOKY ASTRONAUTS Top 10 WINNER 8th Place

  • WILLOUGHBY 1018

    • 15 Second Horror Film Challenge OFFICIAL SELECTION Online 2018

    • GIPHY Film Festival FINALIST New York, NY 2018

    • Medusa Underground Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Las Vegas, NV 2018

    • Quickie Fest OFFICIAL SELECTION Brooklyn, NY 2018

    • Final Girls Berlin Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Berlin 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

  • EXTINCT

    • Asian American Film Lab WINNER GRAND PRIZE New York NY 2018

  • SHOCKSHUKA

    • Women's Weekend Film Challenge OFFICIAL SELECTION New York NY 2017

  • DEATH VIRGINS

    • 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

  • SYMBIONT

  • 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

  • Spoiled Milk

    • 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

 
 

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