BTF Documentary & Short Film Competition

Short Films - 1

Expired November 27, 2022 4:59 AM
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The film chronicles the last 12 hours in the life of a patriarch that cannot have any physical contact with his family due to COVID-19 fears and restrictions.

The conflict reveals the secrets and unspoken issues amongst his estranged children, who must overcome their own prejudices to fulfill their father’s dying wishes. An unexpected connection between a 9-year-old girl with the dying patriarch catalyzes confrontations and resolutions for the family.

Selected Festivals and Awards

•   Best COVID-Theme Film: Cannes World Film Festival (2022)

•   Best COVID-19 Film: Stockholm City Film Festival (2022)

•   UK Asian Film Festival – World Premiere Cannes World Film Festival

•   Swedish International Film Festival


Emre Mirza’s early career in acting began with the British theatre group ‘The Black Ensemble’. He then moved into writing short scripts and comedy sketches for British television. He studied film and video production at UCLA and specialized in editing at NYU’s Tisch film school. After working as an editor for several years on TV shows, films and commercials, Emre moved on to directing music videos and short films. Post-9/11, he created five hour-long documentaries about Afghanistan and Pakistan. Emre went on to conceive ‘Beyond the Wire’ which was part of the Sundance ScreenWriters Lab and is currently being produced by award-winning filmmakers Cherein Dabas and Rick Rosenthal. Emre also wrote and directed the Feature drama ‘East of West’ which tells the true story of an Iraqi refugee’s escape to Europe during the Iraq War. Currently, he is the lead writer and producer on several genre-spanning series and feature projects for cinema and SVOD platforms through his London-based company, After Thought Media. His approach to immersive storytelling has also led him into developing platforms for audience-driven storytelling through his company Imirzive, which focuses on community building through co-creation between writers and their audiences. His more recent projects, the Sci-Fi thriller ‘The Printer’ and ‘12 Hours’ are a natural extension of his multi-genre approach to exploring complex social issues in the world.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    34 min.
  • Country
    Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Pakistan
  • Note
    Short Film
  • Director
    Emre Mirza
  • Screenwriter
    Emre Mirza
  • Cast
    Tülin Özen, Muhammed Cangören, Sinem Toygar, Umut Kurt, Görkem Kasal, Tayfun Yılmaz, Şenay Aydın, Cağlar Can