Short Film: BULLY, 4min., Canada, Drama

Bruised and beaten, seventeen-year-old Breanne hides out in her high school bathroom and cries. From her bathroom stall, she hears the conversation of other students, discussing a fight that just happened on school grounds. Breanne is disheartened to hear that she’s not regarded well by other girls at school.

Initially, it appears that Breanne is the victim of the fight. The twist comes however when Breanne leaves her bathroom stall to confront those talking about her and we realize that she is the bully and was the aggressor in the fight.

Breanne has an opportunity to learn, from what she overhears others say about her, that being feared is not the same as being respected. Instead, she confronts the other students with her same old, menacing ways. But, perhaps, one layer of the veil that she hides behind has been peeled back.

This short film looks at shame and the notion that, when we have to survive difficult circumstances, we put personalities in place to protect our real selves.

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Director Biography – Noémie Blue
Hi, I’m Noémie, director of Bully. I’m a young French and Canadian filmmaker. I was introduced to the art of storytelling in New York City, before enrolling in Vancouver Film School. I believe that we can change the world by authentically giving a voice to those who are traditionally underrepresented.

Director Statement
‘Bully’ tells the story of a high school student who faces challenges regarding her peers. One day, in an effort to defend herself from their attacks, she is painted as the aggressor. As we spend more time with her, a layer of humanity is revealed, hiding beneath her seemingly tough and unapproachable exterior.
This tale is a visual representation of our quickness to draw conclusions, solely based on appearances and rumors. We also wanted to explore ‘high school culture’, and how everything, no matter how small, impacts us then.
Perhaps, in the end, we could all use a little empathy.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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