Winner > Best First-Time Short Film
A teenage girl and her father learn to overcome their anxieties after the most embarrassing moment of her young life.
Director > Madeleine Shena
Writer > Madeleine Shenai
Producer > Milo Beyts
Key Cast
Robert Wilfort
Hattie Gotobed

Director Biography
Madeleine Shenai
Maddy is a London-based emerging writer & director. Her work explores the complexities of female relationships, family dynamics, and body autonomy, always through the lens of comedy drama.

In 2019 her debut play Boomerang co-written & directed by Ivana Mazza-Coates had three sold-out London runs. She and Ivana are currently in development with Untold Studios on a 6-parter comedy series for VOD, titled Cameo, about a nerdy Ancient Greek student falling into the secret life of a Cam Girl based on interviews with real-life webcam models. Her theatrical work has been performed across London venues such as King’s Head Theatre (2019), White Bear Theatre (2019), Arcola Theatre Studio 1 (2017), and Park Theatre (2016). She is currently in post-production on a comedy short Open Isolationship, the script was longlisted for the BBC InterConnected writing award in 2020 and stars comedian Harry Trevaldwyn. Maddy is also developing a number of TV & film projects including a series set in a UK abortion clinic and a feature script based on her British-Indian heritage that follows the true story of her Grandfather’s journey to England.
Alongside her own work, Maddy has worked assisting directors such as Louis Leterrier, Tim Van Patten & Ben Taylor on shows such as Black Mirror (Channel 4), Masters of the Air (Apple TV), and The Dark Crystal (Netflix).
She is represented for film, TV & theatre by Rowena Wallace at Peach House.