Featured Short

No Mires Ahí (Don’t Look There)

Marta returns to her mom’s house to spend some days with her little sister in Madrid. The girl’s strange behavior and the latent memory of a sad event will lead Marta to suspect that the house hosts an unsettling presence.

‘Don’t Look There’ (No mires ahí) is an enthralling film by Spanish filmmaker Daniel Romero that will send jivers down your spine. The film is about Marta, a girl who returns to her mom’s house to spend some days with her little sister in Madrid. The girl’s strange behavior and the latent memory of a sad event will lead Marta to suspect that the house hosts an unsettling presence. If the cinematography looks familiar, it’s from director of photography Jose Martin Rosete, who also directed Film Shortage’s best short of 2013Voice Over.

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Romero’s main aspiration was to tell a genre story with great atmosphere and real characters, truthful ones. The director believes that some of the most talented filmmakers are the more visual ones, those who are able to create a disturbing hypnotic universe and to provide their films with enthralling believable characters at the same time.

In order to create that powerful atmosphere, they were lucky to have an enviable team and a neat production design, despite it being a small project.

From the beginning we wanted to pay special attention to the photography, costume and art direction. We’ve worked in detail on a classical staging adapted to a story far from conventional, and we’ve resorted to a kind of narrative which blends traditional horror films with the new European genre works. All these elements add up to a thrilling music and sound design.

Inspiring filmmaking with just a tremendous production value. All the pieces meshed together so gracefully and was blossomed from the astute acting from the entire cast. So check this out and give yourself a few minutes before going to bed.

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