FEATURED RECOGNITION

THE SPACES BETWEEN / 2022 / SHORT FILM

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ABOUT "THE SPACES BETWEEN"
While seeking counseling, a young woman confronts the truth about herself and her fiancé.

THE SPACES BETWEEN is written by Team Footlights, directed by Vanessa Silva, and produced by Footlight Studios. Starring Chelsea Gray, Ainsley Strachan & Rachael Olsem. THE SPACES BETWEEN was made for the 48 Hour Film Project 2022 and won Best Film, Best Directing, Best Acting, and the Audience Award. It goes on to compete in Filmapalooza 2023 against winners of other 48HFP from around the world.


The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team makes a film - from concept to writing, pre-production to filming, and post-production to delivery - in 𝗝𝗨𝗦𝗧 48 Hours. And if that’s not challenging enough, the team is assigned a specific prop, character, and line of dialogue - all required - after picking their random film genre out of a hat. It’s then up to the team to race to set and make a 4-7 minute short film.

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FOOTLIGHTS IN THE PRESS

"Vanessa [Silva] is breaking new ground and pushing boundaries with her filmmaking. It takes a unique person who has the resolve and courage to be able to do that. A person with vision who can look past the standard tropes and clichés of our craft. Perhaps someone who was writing screenplays as a child when the other kids were playing in sandboxes. Vanessa is that person. She is pushing herself and the industry with a fervor that will not be outmatched."

​- Script Summit, March 2019
"In the Spotlight: Vanessa Silva"

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"I’d love to see [the industry] grow into something where we no longer have to worry about fighting for equal opportunities and it just is – all the while continuing to make something great with passion at the forefront. And, at the end of the day, I just want to be a part of that.”

- IndieActivity Magazine, June 2018
​"Interview with Filmmaker and Actor Vanessa Silva"

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THE VEIL / 2020 / SHORT FILM

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ABOUT "THE VEIL"
In the wake of a shocking revelation, a forensic psychologist struggles to help a patient after uncovering the accounts of his past. The further she dives into his truth, the higher the veil lifts on her own. But every exchange comes with a price - one she must decide whether or not to pay.

Equal parts psychological drama and mystery, THE VEIL is a tense culmination of unraveling the past without losing grip on the future. THE VEIL is written and directed by Vanessa Silva, with story by Vanessa Silva & Heather Hentila ("Probable Cause") and produced by Footlight Studios.

Starring Heather Hentila, Vanessa Silva, Devin Wade & Lance Trezona. With Chelsea Gray, Michelle Hunter, Alex Flores, Ainsley Strachan, Jared Fallentine, Isaac Speidel, Johnny Legnard, Dylan Baumgartner & Karleigh Shepard.

OAXACA FILM FEST

“Writer and Director Vanessa Silva delivers a captivating and clever film with 'The Veil.' 'The Veil' draws you in from the first frame and expertly tethers you to the characters until the final frame. This film is a master class in both cinematography and story telling."

PROBABLE CAUSE / 2019 / TELEVISION SERIES (FULL PITCH PACKAGE)

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ABOUT "PROBABLE CAUSE"
Alex Hudson, a street-smart, brazen detective, begins to unravel when she discovers the life-altering truth about her deceased father. The revelation provokes Alex to set off a chain reaction of lies and deception, in order to protect the people she cares about, while risking her life to uncover things that are meant to stay hidden.