By David Padilla

David PADILLA – director:

Having grown up between France and Italy, David Padilla is loyal to his dual culture. With a desire to integrate this identity in his work as a screenwriter and director, he joins his passions for cinema and the fantastic to create “Cults”. It is as a seasoned set technician who has collaborated with numerous directors (Dupontel, Emilio-Siri, Gatlif, Du Welz…) that he takes on the challenge of an unconventional and ambitious project with his first short film.

Awards & Festivals France:
. La Pépinière Festival, Paris (December 2023) - Best direction Award
. PIFFF - Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (December 2023)
. Giallo International Film Festival, Paris (January 2024) - Audience Award & Best script Award
. Paris Courts Devant Festival (January 2024)
. International Short Film Festival of Angoulême (March 2024)
. CLAP89, International short film Festival (April 2024)
. FIJA Festival (April 2024)

International Festivals & Awards:
. 56th SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia – Noves Visions Section (Spain, October 2023) – Méliès d’Argent Award for the best fantastic genre short film
. Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest (Italy, November 2023) – Best short film Award
. Dracula Film Festival (Romania, November-December 2023)
. FINDECOIN - Independent International Short & Feature Film Festival (Venezuela, February 2024) - Best horror short film
. Capital City Film Festival (USA, April 2024)
. Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (USA, April 2024)
. New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (USA, April 2024)
. 2024 BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest (USA, April 2024)
. Fisheye Film Festival (UK, April 2024)
. 20th Fantaspoa – International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre (Portugal, April 2024)
. 9th  Horrorant Film Festival FRIGHT NIGHTS 2024 (Greece, April 2024)
. XXXIII International Palencia Film Festival (Spain, May 2024)
. ONED art/ experimental Film Festival (France & China, August 2024)
. The Quarantine Film Festival 2024 (Bulgaria, August 2024)

. France 2

Synopsis: Catholic boarding school, 1970. Father De Monval is supervising a film projection when a young schoolboy sees something that will turn his life upside down…

Childhood/ Fantastic – 15’ – 2K – 1,85 - Color – France 2023

Casting: Calliste Dupin, Michaël Vander-Meiren, Antony Cinturino
Direction: David Padilla
Screenplay: David Padilla
Production: Jonathan Hazan
Cinematography: Thomas Bataille
Set Design: Loïc Vanelle
Costume Design: Julie Ancel
Sound: Alix Clément
Editing: Solène Cotten
Sound Editing & Sound Mix: Sylvain Réty
Original Music: Pierre-Antoine Durand

A Les Films du Cygne production.
With the partnership of France Télévisions, and the supports of the CNC, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Regional fund, in partnership with the CNC, the Procirep and of the Angoa, and the Beaumarchais-SACD Association.