Stephanie is an ambitious career woman who knows exactly the roles she has to play. In the office, she is the perfect employee. She works long hours and covers for everyone. At home, she is the perfect mom and wife. Lately, she’s been feeling absolutely overwhelmed. While trying to be everywhere at the same time, she will encounter the limits to her own identity.

Directors’ Notes

When we decided to film this project, we discussed the look we wanted to give it. And we ended up choosing a classical Hollywood narrative style, because we wanted to create a confrontation with the critical theme of the short. As one can see, while the frames and the image are clear and well-ordered, like the TV advertising spots that sell us a brand, the narrative content of Encounter poses a whole series of contradictions of our contemporary society. Stephanie, the main character, is presented as a “model” contemporary woman: bourgeois, well-off, worker and mother. However, behind the clean designer façade, her life is subjected to a whole series of social roles and pressure that perhaps she may not be able to control.

Technical Information

Direction, Script and Editing
Nayra and Javier Sanz Fuentes
Sophie Sutton, James Blanshard, Allen Enlow, Thomas Scott
Direction of Photography
Michael Sandoval
Executive Production
J.L. Sanz Garnica
Production Management
Ramón Mappala, Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Javier Sanz Fuentes
Special Effects
Waldo Warshaw
Juan Ignacio Cabrera
Sound Mix
Marco de Gregori
Running time
Production Company
Rinoceronte Films S. L.


  • Foro Canario Best Short Film
    11.º Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2010
  • Best Script
    1.º Visualízame. Festival Audiovisual y Mujer, 2011

Official Selections


  • International Film Festival Molodist 2010, “Long nights of Spanish shorts”, Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • International Women Film Festival MisMeBinga, 2011 (Cameroon)
  • 14th International Film Festival “Zoom Blizenia”, 2011 (Poland)
  • 27º Festival de Festroia 2011 (Portugal)
  • 8th ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival, 2011 (Romania)
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey, 2011 (Mexico)


  • XI Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2010
    XIII Festival de Cine “Ciudad de Astorga” 2010
  • IV Concurso de Cortometrajes Villa de Ayerbe (Huesca), 2010
  • XVII Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Realizadores de Granada 2010
  • 36º Festival Internacional de Badalona 2010
  • XII Festival de cine de Arnedo 2010 (La Rioja)
  • Muestra Nacional “La Factoría” – Cine-Club de la UNED de Soria
  • XVI Concurso Estatal de cortos Ciudad de Valls
  • 20ª Semana cine experimental, Madrid, 2010
  • Festival de Cine y Vino “Ciudad de la Solana 2010”
  • XX Muestra de Cine Internacional de Palencia, 2011, Palencia
  • III Festival Cortos Rodinia 2011, Valladolid
  • 24º Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo, Valladolid, 2011
  • En.Piezas. Festival de Cortos de Caja Madrid, 2011
  • XI Muestra Mujeres del Cine de Granada, 2011
  • XII Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Torrelavega, 2011
  • IV Festival Internacional de Islantilla Cineforum, 2011
  • Festival de Creación Audiovisual Joven Baumann, Terrasa, 2011
  • IX Festival de Cine Solidario de Guadalajara, FESCIGU, Guadalajara, 2011
  • Fundación Inquiet-arte, Festival Visualízame (audiovisual y mujer), 2011
  • 18º Edición del Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Realizadores de Granada, Ciclo Paralelo: Fantástico, 2011
  • XXI Festival de Cine Fantástico de la Universidad de Málaga, 2011IX Muestra Internacional de Cortometrajes de la Universidad de la Laguna, 2012

Special Screenings

  • “Muestra Canaria Islas de Cultura”, Instituto Cervantes, Casablanca, December 2010
  • Exhibition of the “Trilogy of Solitude” (Anniversary, Encounter, Things in Common) en el Espacio Canarias, Madrid, 2012
  • Ciclo Canario Gran Canaria Espacio Digital, Las Palmas, 2013
  • Muestra Mujeres de Cine en el Municipio de Arona, Tenerife, 2013
  • IV Jornadas ALCES (Asociación Internacional de Cine y Literatura y Cine español Siglo XXXI), Zaragoza, 2017
  • Festival Big Bang Vintage, Las Palmas, 2017