Mildly Different

: Narrative Short
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production


A young woman on the autism spectrum struggles with all around her until the kindness of one person changes her life.


Christina is on the autism spectrum but is misdiagnosed as a child and grew up without the support she desperately needed. She struggles mildly with daily social interactions and this has impacted her severely, causing her to lose friends as well as family, and impacts her confidence emotionally and professionally. Christina sees the world differently than others and we get to peek inside of her experience for brief moments throughout her interactions. She learns about her autism and later befriends a woman at work. With this person’s understanding and acceptance, Christina is able to foster the self-confidence that she needed to move forward and go for the opportunities she was too insecure to apply for before.


Vision/filming style: Artistic/Cinematic. Voiceovers to explain thinking, shadows and lights to create her environment, electronic/moody music and sound effects to convey experience, etc. During the beginning of the film, tones will be darker and shadows more prevalent. As the character’s life brightens, the colour scheme will inverse and cinematography will convey the change with brighter tones, eliminating the shadows. We plan to use VFX and SFX to make the lights LOUD and the sounds MOVE, etc. -- synesthesia. The film will have a fantasy/sci-fi feel to it, though it will not be. We would like to tell this important story about a young woman who is on the autistic spectrum but does not know it, showing others what is it like to be in her world and the difference support can make.


Women with autism are widely misdiagnosed/undiagnosed and going without the support they need. Join us in raising awareness for women with autism. Let us bring you into Christina's world.


Anna Czarska - Writer/Director

The film industry has been a part of Anna from very early on in her life, starting with acting in Hollywood, California. Through the years, Anna has obtained a degree in Business and worked in various different roles outside of the industry; for example, she held positions in administration, accounts assisting, retail management, marketing, web content, writing articles, and many others that have helped her to round out her skills and acquire a better foundation for what was to come. Anna has worked her way through a variety of roles as crew and cast, and formed her own production company, Sticky Tape Productions. Primarily taught by experience, her drive to thoroughly understand the art of filmmaking has spurred her into educating herself at any free moment she has. Anna spends countless hours researching, reading books, taking masterclasses, editing footage, learning programs, and volunteering in areas she would like to know more about. She also takes on whatever position on set that she can schedule, which has allowed her to work as a Producer, Production Manager, Director, Writer, Assistant Director, Script Supervisor, Gaffer, Costume, Second Shooter, Production Assistant as well as Actor. Recently, Anna’s production pitch for her short film “Mildly Different”, in which she was the writer and director, recently got to the top 30 in Bumble’s Female Film Force Competition which spanned 5 countries and had 1,300 applicants.

Emma Brennan - Producer

Emma has produced 3 short films to date (all in the last year). Her debut short “Hello Brother” won “Best Super Short NYCIFF 19” at New York City International Film Festival this year and had its world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh last year, as part of the One Minute FF. She wrote, directed, and produced this. Hello Brother article, Galway Film Centre Hello Brother article - Galway Daily Her 2nd short, “Butter”, which she also wrote, directed, and produced, was screened at the Shot by the Sea FF in Galway the 18th of April this year and is one of 15 films selected for the evening programme in Salthill. Her 3rd film, “The Breakup” is currently in post-production. Emma is also an acting facilitator and has completed an Intimacy on Stage 2-day workshop with Intimacy Coordinator Ita O'Brien.

Barry Fahy - DOP Over the past decade, Barry Fahy has proven himself to be one of the most capable, talented and driven cinematographers in Ireland. Barry has shot two feature films, “Blue Dawn” and “The Three Don'ts”, as well as over two dozen Short films and Music Videos. Barry has also directed several Short films including, "Please Forgive Me", "Doors" and "IRIS" -- which won 2 awards at the 48hr film competition in Dublin. His latest short film, “Boy Racer”, has screened in several countries around the world and picked up 13 awards, including “Best Children’s Short”, “Best Child Actor” and “Best Micro Film” in multiple festivals. Recently, his film "The Perished" has been making the rounds globally and gaining a lot of attention in the US horror market.

Victoria Carney - Production Designer Victoria graduated from IADT in Production Design for Stage and Screen in 2015. She has worked freelance on a number of projects including, amongst others, "Rope" for the No Drama Theatre Company, "The Cunning Little Vixen" for Rough Magic Theatre Company in association with The Royal Irish Academy of Music and the short film "Put Out to Pasture" for the National Film School. She was production designer on "Luke" which won Best Irish Short at the Offline Film Festival and aired on RTE in 2015. She recently worked as Art Department Assistant on the feature film "Michael Inside". Winner of Best Irish Feature at The Galway Film Fleadh 2017, Winner of the Audience Award at Cork Film Festival 2017 and Winner of Best Film in the Irish Film and Television Awards 2018. She later worked as Art Department Assistant on Samson Films latest Feature "Cellar Door" 2018. She has gone on to work as Art Director on commercials for clients such as Kellogg’s and Homestore + home. As well as a number of music videos and short films. She has also made props for the likes of Hendricks Gin, Brennan's Bread, and a recent Westlife music video 2019.

Ciara O'Toole - Costume Designer

Having studied Fashion Design at The Limerick School of Art and Design, Ciara graduated with First Class Honours and received The Dorothy Stewart Award for Excellence shown throughout the B.A. course. Upon graduating, Ciara worked briefly in the fashion industry before moving into the world of Costume for Film and TV. She has received invaluable experience working on the BBC Period Drama Ripper Street (S.4 & 5) and on AMC’s Fantasy Into the Badlands. She also spent a year working under the renowned Leather Maker, Kelvin Feeney, on the hugely popular TV Series Vikings. During this year she was trained in the art of Leather Carving and assisted in the making on many pieces of armour and accessories for all major cast. Ciara also works as a Standby on set and has recently started designing for Short Films.

Natasa Paulberg - Composer

Natasa Paulberg is an Australian/Irish composer, performer and conductor and has written music for television, film, advertising, animation and gaming, and is based in Dublin and Los Angeles. She is the lead composer for the Haunted Planet Studios gaming company and was winner of the Contemporary Music Centre’s 2012 Ad Astra Composition Competition, as well as receiving the 2013 Fulbright scholarship for composition, where she attended UCLA’s Film Scoring Program in Los Angeles. She previously lectured in orchestral score preparation, music technology and thesis supervision on the MA in Film Scoring & Visual Media in Pulse College at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Ireland. Natasa currently lectures in Scoring Music for Games, and Film Composer Career & Major Project Development and thesis supervision on the M.F.A. in Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe.


Connect With The Filmmakers:


IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2020
Waterford Film Festival Screenwriting Finalist 2019
FM 104/Talent Nation Finalist 2019
Bumble's Female Film Force 2019 top 30


UPDATE - December 15, 2019

This weekend we finished shooting our teaser trailer for our campaign, with STP's Anna Czarska as director, the brilliant Barry Fahy as DOP, and talented actress Cat Williams portraying our Christina. Keep your eyes peeled for this coming through in the next month!

UPDATE - December 13, 2019

We have completed the storyboarding for our funding campaign, beautiful images by the very talented Matt Kavanagh. Thanks, Matt!

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