Under Darkness

Under Darkness

Based on a true story in World War II Poland, a young Jewish woman struggles to survive after her family is murdered. Refusing to give up, she joins the Soviet resistance, and realizes that through photography she can remember the past while documenting for the future.

Director Bio

Caroline Friend is an award-winning director and writer. Caroline earned her degree in Film Production and History from the University of Southern California. Her latest film, Under Darkness (2019), was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards®, premiered at Telluride Film Festival, and won the Horizon Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Her work has been recognized by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Television Academy, as well as supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Panavision, and Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. She currently lives in Los Angeles and continues to seek meaningful true stories to bring to audiences.


  • Directed by:Caroline Friend
  • Written by:Caroline Friend
  • Produced by:Caroline Friend, Merissa Jane Lee & Michael Orion Downing
  • Runtime:20 mins
  • Completion Date:January 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Category:Student Short Film
  • Selection:TBD
  • Screening Time / Venue:TBD
  • Links: Website

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official selection 2020

Official Selection 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 26 June, 2020

Official Selection for Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Online Announced.

submissions closed

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 03 June, 2020

Online Events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.

submissions closed

2020 Submissions Closed

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 June, 2020

Submission deadline for 2020 has now passed.


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

2020 Programme

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