Hearing impaired, homeless Gala escapes from a man who continually abuses her. While her life becomes a routine in an abandoned old truck on a mountain road, she is unaware the abusive man finds out where her hiding place is. One night, after a brutal attack, she finds the strength to stand up one last time and starts walking. She has no clue where this survival walk will end up and change her life forever!

Director Bio

Turkish Artist, Aycil Yeltan earned her MFA in acting from CalArts. As a classically trained actress, she has performed in numerous stage productions both in the US and abroad. Aycil most recently played the role of Sasha in "Shirin in Love" by Iranian film director Ramin Niami and Turkish Film "We were Dining and I Decided" where she played one of the leads, touring Film festivals around the Globe. "Topanga" is the second short film she wrote, directed and produced. As also a classically trained musician, Aycil plays the cello and sings.


  • Directed by:Aycil Yeltan
  • Written by:Aycil Yeltan
  • Produced by:Gorkem Yeltan, Robert Debitetto & Aycil Yeltan
  • Runtime:15 mins
  • Completion Date:February 28, 2019
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Category:International Live-Action
  • Selection:Programme 22
  • Screening Time / Venue:Sat AUG 15
    10AM - 10PM ONLINE
  • Links: Website

Latest News

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call of the forest screening

Call of the Forest Screening

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 07 December, 2020

Still Voices Presents a Special Screening of Call of the Forest in partnership with Whose Woods These Are Tree Festival.

2020 award winners

Submissions for Still Voices 21 Now Open

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 October, 2020

Submissions for the Still Voices Short Film Festival 2021 are now open!

2020 award winners

2020 Award Winners Announced!

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 16 August, 2020

Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Award Winners Announced!


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As this year's festival is online, no tickets will be sold. The online short film competition will be free.

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