Short Film

Short Film 20 min. 36 sec.

Currently on the festival circuit
Psychological Dark Comedy


BROCA is a psychological dark comedy about an anxiety ridden actor named Vernon. He is haunted by his negative self talk. After an audition, hope appears for the first time in his life and career. Will he keep it together for his callback or will things get out of hand?

Produced by Para-Dime Productions

Written by: Chris Cavener

Directed by: Luis Oliva

Currently on the festival circuit.

Award winner:

Best Actor at the Killer Valley Comedy Film Festival 2023
Best Actor at the Dark Comedy Film Festival 2023.
Best Canadian Film and Best Canadian Duo on screen at the Yes Let’s Make A Film Festival 2023.
Best Independant Short Film & Best Lead Actor at the Philadelphia Cinema Awards 2022.
Best Cinematography at the Toronto Comedy Film & Screenplay Festival 2022
Award of Commendation at the Canada Shorts Film Festival 2022.

(1) Semi-Finalist Selection

(8) Official Selections

Included in the 2023 World Book of Short Films.

Best actor Dark comedy film festival
Best actor Dark comedy film festival
Toronto Comedy Film & Screenplay Festival 2022 Cinematography winner
Winner Philadelphia Cinema awards 2022
Best actor Winner Yes Festival 2023
Canada Shorts Award
Poor life choices comedy film festival
Semi finalist Benelux
night of comedy honorable mention



Cast Members

Chris Cavener

as Vernon

Étienne de Passillé

Étienne de Passillé

as Steve

Magalie Roche

Magalie Roche

as Sophie

Colin Friend

as The Hand (voice)

Jaa Smith-Johnson

as J. The Camera Guy

Benjamin Roy

Benjamin Roy

as Mathieu

Valéry Lessard

Valéry Lessard

as Malorie

Dawn Ford

Dawn Ford

as Stacy (voice)

Crew Members

Chris Cavener

Writer and creator

Zach Scholes (Concrete sound studio)

Sound mixer

Alexandra Ross-Laquerre

Second assistant director

Jessica Cotton

Set and costume design

Leeandro Sutherland

Production Assistant

Andrés Rodrigo Castillo

Director of photography

Morgan R. Caswell

Sound designer

Jaa Smith-Johnson

First assistant director

Clément Douillet


Francisco Saenz


Luis Oliva


Dominic Caterina

Sound/boom operator

Philippe Latour

Lighting technician and assistant camera

Saad Abas and Zach Manni-Mirolla


Short Film

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