Forgive Me

Chelsea Winstanley | Short Drama
Persian | United States/New Zealand | 2019 | 11 min
World Premiere

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 10:30am
Shorts Program: Perceptions
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Love is a losing game. Sina, an arts student, meets his professor in a cafe for their weekly game of chess. Before the game is over Sina discovers real life is more complicated than just a game and sometimes, you don't win..


An award-winning filmmaker, Chelsea Winstanley has been a producer, writer and director for over 15yrs. In 2014 she produced the hit vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, now a TV series for FX. Early in her career as a producer, she had two shorts premiere in competition in Cannes consecutively. This year she produced the acclaimed feature Documentary MERATA; How Mum Decolonised the Screen which premiered at the NZ International Film Festival and had a successful run at Sundance and Berlin. The film was picked up for distribution by Ava DuVernay’s company ARRAY now and screened theatrically and on Netflix in the US, Canada and UK in 2019. As a director she began making documentaries winning a Media Peace award with her graduating film Whakangahau. She was one of nine women who made the anthology feature WARU which won the LAAPFF best film award in 2018.