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 literally breaking apart. The problem: He wants to stay.


Amy Molloy is Polaris

Amy and I met on our first day at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a chameleon, full of energy and compassion and a drive that takes my breath away.


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

Ruben Van keer is Luchs

Ruben and I met during a production of SWEENEY TODD, his graduating show at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I was and still am intrigued by his talent.


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. As a filmmaker 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.

ScreenCraft Film Fund 2019 Finalist

#6 for Fantasy Shorts of the Year 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


The Crew

BELLA HALBEN (director of photography, Hamburg), MEGGY SCHULZE (camera assistant, Berlin), SIMON HUMMEL (gaffer, Munich), DANIELA HERZBERG (production designer, Hamburg), MAREIKE ALEXANDER (costume designer, Hamburg), CLAUDIA GAERTIG (sfx make-up), PER RUSCHKE (production sound mixer, Hamburg), DAVID HASENBEIN and ROBERT REZO (boom operators, Hamburg), OWAIN LLWYD (composer, Wales), VOLKER ZEIGERMANN and SIMON BASTIAN (sound design, Hamburg), DENNIS KLEYN (vfx supervisor, Planet X, Amsterdam), STIJN WINDIG (concept artist, Amsterdam), JAN DAGHELINCKX (visual effects, Antwerp), LAURA WIECZORECK (assistant to the director, Hamburg), HEIKE GNIDA (editor, Berlin), WIBKE MELANIE BECKER (post-production manager, Hamburg), FANNY DZIERZON (assistant editor, Hamburg), ANNEKATRIN HARTUNG (assistant editor, Berlin)


Sponsors & Partners

Special Thanks to


for the Travel Support

WGA # 1958681