European Fantasy Short Film

written & directed by Mel Piper

What happens when we confront isolation with our stories and take away its destructive powers?

To explore this idea film talent from all over Europe came together in Hamburg to shoot a short movie.


Trapped in her world a young woman tells her lover about the beginning of his next story, in which he can travel before breaking apart. The problem: He wants to stay.

Amy Molloy

Amy has recently starred alongside Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat in Emma Jane Unsworth’s BIFA Award-winning film Animals, directed by Sophie Hyde.

Born and raised in Belfast. Her mentor Alan Rickman described Amy Molloy as “a great courageous young talent.”

Ruben Van keer

Ruben Van keer is a Belgian actor and singer. He recently played Grantaire in the UK /Ireland Tour of Les Misérables, and Wolfgang Mozart in Mozart! The Musical in Antwerp.

Writer-Director Statement

SHADOW PLAYERS is about a strong woman and a loving man, told from the uncommon perspective of a genre woman filmmaker in Europe. I am making this movie for all who believe in the power of stories. It is important for me to bring together European talent in front of and behind the camera. With this conviction at heart the short develops momentum beyond its unconventional love story. In times of isolation and social distancing it casts a hopeful glance at our new present.

#1 for Fantasy Shorts of the Month of June 2020 on Coverfly's The Red List

ScreenCraft Film Fund 2019 Finalist

#6 for Fantasy Shorts of the Year 2019 on Coverfly's The Red List

Talent Lab at Reykjavík International Film Festival 2019

Named ''Hot Film in the Making'' by Roy W. Dean Grant 2019

MEL PIPER writer-director

LAURA WIECZORECK assistant to the director


BELLA HALBEN director of photography

MEGGY SCHULZE camera assistant

SIMON HUMMEL gaffer, Munich


DANIELA HERZBERG production designer

MAREIKE ALEXANDER costume designer, Hamburg

CLAUDIA GAERTIG effects makeup artist


PER RUSCHKE production sound mixer


OWAIN LLWYD film music composer



ANNEKATRIN HARTUNG assistant editor

FANNY DZIERZON assistant editor

Visual Effects by Planet X

DENNIS KLEYN vfx creative director Planet



Post-Production facilities: Studio Hamburg Postproduction

WIBKE MELANIE BECKER post-production manager

Sponsors & Partners

Special Thanks to


for the Travel Support

WGA # 1958681