The Voice In The Head
The Huffington Post USA
''That was very good!!! 'Thinking without awareness is the dilemma of human existence.' Best line in the film.''
19th Sarasota Film Festival, USA, 2017
34th Międzynarodowy Festival Filmów Mlodego Widza, Poland, 2016
14th Tallgrass Film Festival, USA, 2016
13th Bahamas International Film Festival, Bahamas, 2016
9th Vox Feminae Film Festival, Croatia, 2016
15th San Diego International Film Festival, USA, 2016
16th Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Frontiera, Italy, 2016
22nd San Antonio Film Festival, USA, 2016
12th HollyShorts Film Festival, USA, 2016
14th Santa Cruz Film Festival, USA, 2016
8th Leiden International Short Film Festival, Netherlands, 2016
13th We Care Film Festival, India & Iran, 2016
11th Omaha Film Festival, USA, 2016
22nd San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, USA, 2016
30th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA, 2015
3rd Reel Health International Short Film Festival, Australia, 2015
6th Wimbledon International Shorts Film Festival, UK, 2015
13th Monaco International Film Festival, France, 2015
3rd Sunscreen Short Film Festival West, USA, 2015
21st Le Festival Cinérail, France, 2015
23rd Raindance Film Festival, UK, 2015 (UK Premiere)
6th Awareness Film Festival, USA, 2015
22nd Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany, 2015 (European Premiere)
12th Global Peace Film Festival, USA, 2015
19th Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA, 2015 (World Premiere)
"Well I've seen it David, and I agree with you that Cyrus Trafford is indeed very very talented.
Terrific short. Beautifully shot, composed and performed. The question addressed is such a good one and the way the film deals with it will live with me for a long time. Thanks so much for letting me see it."
Awards & Nominations:
Shortlist: Zealous Emerge Film Prize, 2018
Longlist: BIFA Best British Short Film, 2016
Finalist: Best Short Film, San Diego International Film Festival, 2016
Finalist: Best Short Film, Bahamas International Film Festival, 2016
Runner Up: Drama Category, Zamoxis Short Film Showcase, 2016
Winner: Grand Prize for Best Film of the Festival, The Reel Health International Shorts Film Festival, 2015
Winner: Stage 32 Short Film Contest, Raindance Film Festival, 2015
Winner: Best Screenplay, Monaco International Film Festival, 2015
Winner: Best Newcomer, Monaco International Film Festival, 2015
Nominated: German Independence Award Best Short Film, Oldenburg International Film Festival, 2015
Nominated: Best Film, Wimbledon International Shorts Film Festival, 2015
Nominated: Best London Film-maker, Wimbledon International Shorts Film Festival, 2015
Nominated: Audience Award, Wimbledon International Shorts Film Festival, 2015
Roxie Nafousi, MarieClaire UK
"I thought this was a beautifully shot film with such a powerful and thought provoking message. To me, it highlighted that mental health is not black or white, there is a spectrum where each one of us sits somewhere along it."
"Cyrus - that was great! Excellent Job!"
The Daily Mail
"Very atmospheric, enjoyed the way it knitted together.
Lovely slow lingering shots, too, and transitions between scenes."
"I really like the film. Well done. Will forward it to Eckhart!"
Eckhart Tolle's Agent
''I think the film is excellent. I will bring it to Eckhart's attention immediately and see if there is anything we can do to help promote it. ''
Otto Bathurst, BAFTA Winning Director
''It's beautifully put together. Congratulations!'
Zamoxis Short Film Showcase (Santa Monica, USA) 2016
Opening the 31st Mental Health Week (Victoria, Australia) 2016
Szczecin University (Szczecin, Poland) 2016
BAFTA (London, UK) 2015
Indie Gear Film Night (London, UK) 2015
Chelsea Hettrick, Oprah Winfrey Network
''A Lovely and wonderfully produced short film.''
Marina Bailey, Publicist
''Congratulations on your short film. I really enjoyed it.''
One Film Fan
Just Celebrity Magazine
The Entertainment Section
BattleRoyale with Cheese
Just Celebrity Magazine Interview
Herald Tribune 2017
BIFA Best British Short Films Longlist 2016
Little Black Book
Essex County Standard
The Royal Monaco
Oakleigh Monash Leader
Accreds L'actualite des festivals de cinema
Les Écrans de Paris
Cinco días que nos volaron la cabeza
Zamoxis Short Film Showcase
Richard Botto, CEO of Stage 32
"You made an beautiful and interesting film Cyrus. Enjoyed it thoroughly!"
Anna Williamson, Channel 5
"A hugely thought provoking film, a wonderful example of how we should all empathise and help in destigmatising mental health issues - after all, we all have mental health, just some of us need a little more support from time to time."
Dr. Palwasha Ahad, Ph.D
''That was beautiful. You captured those inner conversations that are so important about the workings of mental health so well. Thank you for sharing.''
''This was a very moving film, thank you so much for sharing with us and well done on it's success!''
Hache L Jones, French Critic
''Thank you so much. This is a very interesting piece and one which rings a lot of bells for me. From the outset, it started to remind me of something I couldn't quite persuade to come to the forefront of my memory but by the end of the film, I'd remembered it.
It reminded me of a very famous paper by R P Bentall which influenced me greatly as a student. The paper was called "A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder." Many people thought it a joke but there was a serious message behind it i.e. that one cannot possibly define psychiatric disorder if there is no reference to values.
Your film is saying much the same thing and demonstrating it in a very real and accessible way. A young girls mutters a couple of words to herself in the bathroom and already she is attracting strange looks.
You said that it was based on a story by Eckhart Tolle. Can you tell me which one?
I liked your piece very much - thought provoking, as all your work is, and handled in a superbly sensitive way. Well done - and thanks for letting me see it.''