Hypnosistum Short Film

I'm Diana Sánchez, filmmaker from Colombia, living in Hamburg, Germany.

Well, the pandemic also had some financial consequences for me. The company I was working for went bankrupt and all employees, including me, were dismissed. I´ve been looking for a job the past weeks, but also trying to turn this in an opportunity to devote myself to making films again, which is my real passion and what I want to do for a living.

I have a couple of projects that I would like to make happen this year. In summer, in the beginning of august, we will shoot Hypnosistum. I'll be writing more about it on my website, please check it out - https://www.dianasanchez.de/current-projects

Hypnosistum is a short film inspired by Catalina Ruedas - http://www.catalinarueda.com/-  piece of contemporary classical music with the same name. "She started to play the piano as a young girl, having the opportunity to get to know and study the European music tradition. Catalina is a colombian contemporary classical musician and composer also living in Hamburg. Her love and curiosity for this musical culture brought her to Europe, where she studied composition with Manfred Stahnke and Gordon Kampe. Catalina Rueda´s music unites on the one hand the scent of music as a ritual, which colors and accompanies our loneliness, and on the other hand music as a science, where logical structures search for beautiful possibilities of expression." 

This film is planned as a visual counterpart to Catalinas piece. It will be a surreal voyage to the subconscious of two young ladies. Shot on digital and on film. The main question of the short film is, what is real and what is part of an another state, how do we perceive our reality when we are not fully awake but in a state in between, like hypnotised? The bodies of the protagonists throw questions about the perception of young female bodies and about their sexuality in the surreal context of an abandoned house in the countryside. 

The Casting 

Doria Worden

Doria Worden is originally from the United States. She trained as an apprentice for two years with the Richmond Ballet in Virginia where she had the opportunity to dance in many of the company’s productions, including George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. She then lived in Wisconsin, working for Madison Ballet as a company dancer before moving to Hamburg to pursue contemporary dance as a freelancer. Recently she joined the Gangaray Dance Programme in Budapest, where she was part of the premier Írisz by Timea Maday Kinga. In August 2019, her project Relatively Independent Subtotalities was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Doria now dances and co-creates with her fellow members and co-founders of Kollektiva., a contemporary dance collective, as well as working as a production assistant for TANZAHOi International Dance Festival among other projects in the free artistic scene in Hamburg.

Jasmine fan
born in Taiwan, Taipei.

In 2011, Jasmine finished her double major in dance and film at the National Taiwan University of Arts. After moving to Hamburg, Germany in 2012, she began her masters in film at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK), from which she graduated in 2017.

Since her arrival in Europe, she has been working with different artists and media with dance-film being a central topic. Parallel to that, she has been developing her own skills, and is experimenting with the incorporation of traditional Chinese folk dance and Xu-Kung into her contemporary dance work.

The crew

Tobias Hoops


Tobias was born towards the end of the 80s near the city of Hamburg. After an introductory internship at Mercedes Benz, he studied photography and lighting for three years in Munich and Augsburg. Today, Tobias works as a freelance photographer in Hamburg.

Felix Bernhard

Camera Assistant

Felix Bernhard was born in 1993 in Augsburg, Germany. After finishing his photography apprenticeship in 2015 he started studying documentary photography and is currently working and living in Hamburg and Bielefeld.

Diana Sánchez
Camera and Direction

born in Bogotá, Colombia.

I studied film and television at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and came to Cologne, Germany in 2011 thanks to an scholarship from the DAAD. In 2013 I moved to Hamburg to study fine arts with emphasis in Film, at the HFBK in Hamburg, under the mentorship from Prof. Udo Engel. In 2017, I completed my master successfully. By then germany and specially Hamburg, had already turned in to my home. As a migrant with a master degree, I was compelled to take a full time job in order to be able to stay in the country. I was lucky enough to find one immediately after my graduation. The pandemic made it´s part, sadly putting the company where I worked in a difficult financial situation. Long story made short, I am allowed to stay in the country, but for the moment with no fix job. Which is for me the best opportunity to dedicate most of my time and effort to bring to life the projects that, timewise, I wasn't able to do parallel to my full-time job in the past three years.

The Funding

As a working group, we have experience working together and supporting each other projects with heart, mind and soul. In this case we are putting our professional skills and our technical equipment available for the project, which guarantees us a successful completion. The costs we still have to cover are transportation, material, make-up, costumes and last but not least catering. 

There is where you can support us to partly finance our project.

The reward

So why exactly should you co-finance this short film? 
Well, here are five reasons:

* You will support independent artist from germany and from around the world living and working in Hamburg.
* You will make possible a visual piece to counterpart a musical piece of a young talented colombian musician, also living in Hamburg.
* You will be giving us the possibility to dedicate ourselves to our art even in this hard times of pandemic, shutdown and physical distancing.
* You will be supporting a young female filmmaker positioning underrepresented topics - migration, female roles, remembrance - in the contemporary independent film scene in Hamburg. 
* You will get to see the film online or in a cinema, if you are living in Hamburg, in December and your name as an sponsor in the credits as well as meeting the crew and taking part in the Q&A after the film. 

Do you have any questions or suggestions?
Please don't hesitate to contact me at [email redacted] on instagram @dianasanchezfilm or in facebook 


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Hamburg, Deutschland
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