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World Premiere

Director: Miguel Ortiz

United States, 2023, 7 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2024

Category:Narrative Short

WINNER: Audience Award

Cast:Malick Koly, Gabrielle Scott, Kofi Opare, Johanna Stitt, Aubrey Johnson

Crew:Writer: Miguel Ortiz. Producer: Elizabeth Alvarez. Assistant Director: Leon. Directors of Photography: Jamal Solomon, Somnang Vann. Editor: Danni Juhl. Sound Designer: EJ Markland. Production Designer: Nick Kaufmann. Assistant Camera: Anthony Fioto. Grip: Oshton Cox. Graphic Designer: Rachel Rappeport


A drummer with a creative block visually takes the audience down his own memories into the heart of his emotional blockage.

About the director

Miguel Ortiz is an Afro-Latino director, producer, and writer committed to using storytelling as a catalyst for change both within and beyond the industry. With a fervent passion, he has crafted multiple web series with unique creatives, a compelling full-length documentary on migrant youth, a portfolio boasting a dozen music videos, and award-winning campaigns.

"Bloqué," his passion project, marks a significant stride towards creative narratives that inspire a more compassionate and vibrant world. Miguel's ambition is to ascend in the industry, telling dynamic stories while being committed to nurturing his film family and forging enduring connections that enrich both his creative process and the stories he endeavors to tell.

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Filmmaker's note

The struggle to create or to push through life is a chance to analyze what has been troubling us. It's an opportunity to heal, which is the core objective of this film- with the characters you see and the creators you don't.

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