Red Balloon (2010 film)

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To be distinguished from The Red Balloon.
Red Balloon
Directed by Alexis Wajsbrot
Damien Mace
Produced by Alexis Wajsbrot
Damien Mace
Written by Alexis Wajsbrot
Damien Mace
Jimmy Pinto
Starring Rachel Bright
Music by Martin Macrae
Cinematography Nathaniel Hill
Edited by Chris Hunter[disambiguation needed]
Distributed by Hurricane Production
Release date(s)
  • May 2010 (2010-05)
Running time 13 minutesute
Country France
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £5000

Red Balloon[1] is a 13-minute thriller short film directed by Alexis Wajsbrot and Damien Mace. It is adapted from the "clown statue" urban legend.[2]

The movie was nominated to numerous festivals (including Festival international de Clermont-Ferrand,[3][4]Palm Springs International ShortFest, Festival International Du Film Fantastique de Gerardmer,[5][6] Festival De Cannes Short Film Corner, it recently won the Directorial Discovery Award at Rhodes Island Horror film Festival,[7] and was sold in a few TV channel (including Arte TV channel for France and Egoist TV channel for Russia).

Red Balloon has been released online on VIMEO and DAILYMOTION on 22 July 2011, and has been pushed in first page of both websites, it reached more than 100 000 views in a week. Red Balloon has now been seen more than 2 million times with over 1.5 million on this Video on YouTube release.

The directors, Alexis Wajsbrot and Damien Mace are working in post-production visual effects and "Red Balloon" is their directorial debut. "Red Balloon" was shot with RedCam 4K, it includes challenging CG shots present in the trailer,[8] with a team of 30 professionals including Jean Clement Soret for the grading (Danny Boyle's Colorist). (Full Credits on Imdb)


Several times during the course of the night, Dorothy, the little girl Julie is looking after, behaves oddly, screaming from her bedroom. Each time, Julie puts her back to bed, comforting her by telling her it's just a nightmare... Or is it ?[9]

Plot summary-

A young teenage girl named Julie is babysitting a younger child named Dorothy whilst the parents are out by themselves. Dorothy interrupts Julie's phone conversation with her friend, telling her she needs more money and so is babysitting. After hearing the child yell, she comes up to her bedroom and reassures her she has just had a nightmare. In the child's room, a pile of dolls and teddy bears are clearly noticed, including a large patchwork rabbit. Throughout the night, the teenager flicks through random TV channels and paints her nails, obviously bored with her job. A news report is informing viewers of a criminal breaking out of a mental institute, but she ignores the show and nearly falls asleep. She wakes to apparently see a red balloon and too Dorothy next to the sofa, looking terrifying, but realises she has just woken up. Another scream is heard from Dorothy's room, who is now standing up in her bed, pointing at the rabbit from the pile of toys. Julie impatiently tucks her back into bed and tells her she has nothing to be scared of, it is just a doll. Once in the landing, she phones a woman, supposedly Dorothy's mother, to ask whether the girl has had any trouble sleeping before, and to question her on why she is so anxious of her toy rabbit. The mother has no idea what she is talking about because Dorothy has never had a large toy rabbit of which Julie has just described. A horrified Julie gasps and struggles to speak, her eyes flickering upstairs as the rabbit in the bedroom shuffles the other smaller toys off. The eyes snap open and we are now aware that this "toy" is in fact a human intruder. Julie runs down the stairs and out of the house into the pouring rain, sobbing hysterically. She calls the police and is even more distraught when Dorothy seems to be smothered by a figure from the bedroom window. Julie tiptoes back into the house, a powercut turning everything pitch black. She tries to conceal her heavy breathing until she is more calm. Glancing into the landing, she sees a red balloon floating in the air. Dorothy is sitting on the floor and with her hands over her eyes, appearing to be playing an innocent 'hide and seek' game. She is unfazed by the situation and clearly is unaware to Julie's panic. Julie gently kneels in front of her and quietly whispers that mummy and daddy are outside. In the background, a looming figure saunters towards the two. Dorothy points and says "Alister", going back to the news report, stating that Alister Radford was the dangerous inmate who had broken out of the institution. We also see the family homes gate, spelling out "Radford" on the sign attached to it. Speechless, Julie realises that the child knows the intruder (he is possibly her father or brother) that he is also right behind her. He attacks and she screams for a while, obviously fighting him off but he is much stronger and powerful. From the eyes of Julie laying on the floor, the intruder takes the hand of a naive Dorothy and leads her away. It is assumed that Julie has been violently killed.

Festivals selections and awards[10][edit]

  1. Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner[11]
  2. London Film4 Frightfest
  3. Sainte Maxime international horror film festival
  4. Fantastique Semaine du Cinema
  5. Directorial Discovery Award at Rhodes Island Horror film Festival
  6. Iinterfilm Berlin Short Film Festival
  7. Vimeo Film Festival narrative shortlist[12]
  8. Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne[13]
  9. Festival Tous Courts d'Aix En Provence[14]
  10. Festival international de Clermont-Ferrand[15]
  11. Dark Mills festival
  12. Best Film Award at "Films in the city event" in London[16]
  13. San Francisco Independent Film Festival
  14. Festival International Du Film D'Aubagne[17]
  15. Festival International Du Film Fantastique de Gerardmer
  16. Festival du court métrage à MontLucon (rencontre Cine en Herbe)
  17. A Night of Horror International Film Festival Sidney, Australia
  18. Brussels Short Film Festival[18]
  19. Mecal Festival International De Cortometrajes De Barcelona
  20. Festival l'Europe en court-metrages
  21. Filmets Badalona Film Festival
  22. Festival Séquence court-métrage
  23. Palm Springs International ShortFest
  24. Interplay Film Festival in Canada
  25. International Izmir Short Film Festival
  26. Spasm Film Festival
  27. The 36th Cleveland International Film Festival


Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot direct Red Balloon, a 13 minutes thriller, shoot with Red Cam (including visual effects) They recently won the Directorial Discovery Award at Rhodes Island Film Festival and 20 selections in others.

They both have careers in the film industry creating visual effects for a leading London facility and have worked on a long list of award winning blockbuster movies, including Prince of Persia, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, The Chronicles of Narnia and Your Highness. Damien is currently working as Lead Environment on a HBO TV show named Game of Thrones season 3, Alexis recently finished working on Alfonso Cuarón's movie Gravity as FX Supervisor, and on Iron Man 3 as CG Supervisor . He is now CG Supervisor on both The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

They are working in parallel on various feature film projects.[19][20] First up is "Picture Book",[21][22] a supernatural thriller written by Ben Magid ("Thirteen", "Pan") with Alexis Wajsbrot & Damien Mace attached to direct. Brooklyn Weaver is producing, with Paul Rock and Sameera Eligeti exec producing alongside Ben Magid.

"Picture Book" centers on the mysterious happenings in the mansion of a famous children's author. The story is reminiscent of 2001's "The Others," with a supernatural twist.

Alexis Wajsbrot and Damien Mace are now represented by Premiere Heure as commercial's director. They are represented in Los Angeles by manager Brooklyn Weaver from Energy Entertainment and agents Ramses Ishak, Michael Sheresky and Scott Carr from United Talent Agency


  1. ^ Official Website
  2. ^ Imdb Link
  3. ^ interview at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival
  4. ^ interview in the newspaper La Montagne at Clermont Ferrand
  5. ^ interview by cinealliance after Gerardmer screening
  6. ^ review after the festival of Gerardmer
  7. ^ Directorial Discovery Award at Rhodes Island Horror film Festival
  8. ^ Trailer on Vimeo
  9. ^ Official Synopsis Page
  10. ^ Festival Official selections
  11. ^ nominated at Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner
  12. ^ Vimeo Film Festival narrative shortlist
  13. ^ interview video at festival of Villeurbannes
  14. ^ favorite of the day at festival touscourts d'Aix en Provence
  15. ^ interview video at Festival de Clermont Ferrand
  16. ^ Best Film Award at "Films in the city event" in London
  17. ^ nominated at Festival International Du Film D'Aubagne
  18. ^ Presentation of Red Balloon at Brussels Short Film Festival on YouTube
  19. ^ interview at ECU Film Festival
  20. ^ interview in the news paper le black pepper in Nantes
  21. ^ Picture Book Announced in Variety
  22. ^ Picture Book Announced in itsonthegrid

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