Lira’s Forest

Connor Jessup


As the end of her life approaches, an old woman encounters a strange spirit from a nearby forest.


  • Cinefest, Sudbury, Canada, 2017
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2017
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2017
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Canada, 2017
  • Windsor International Film Festival, Canada, 2017
  • Verin International Film Festival, Spain, 2017
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia, 2017
  • Bogota Short Film Festival, Colombia, 2017
  • Clermont Ferand Short Film Festival (Not Short on Talent), France, 2018
  • Kingston Film Festival, Canada, 2018
  • Festival Regard, Saguenay, Canada, 2018
  • Reel to Real, Canada, 2018, Winnipeg, Canada, 2018
  • Palm Springs Short Film Festival, USA, 2018.
  • Bushwick Film Festival, New York, USA, 2018.
  • DTLA Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2018.
Lira’s Forest

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Director: Connor Jessup

Script: Connor Jessup

Cast: Patricia Hamilton, Gabriel Varga-Watt

DOP: Josée Deshaies

Sound design: Brennan Mercer, Matt Chan

Editing: Connor Jessup

Art direction: Helen Kotsonis

Costumes: Danielle Rizzo

Music: Alexander Klinke

Production: Ashley Shields-Muir, Connor Jessup, Nancy Grant, Sylvain Corbeil

Originale anglais

1:85, 5.1
DCP, Pro Res, H264

Connor Jessup
Connor Jessup

An actor and filmmaker from a young age, Connor Jessup is best known for his leading roles in TNT's sci-fi series FALLING SKIES, produced by Steven Spielberg, and ABC's Emmy-winning anthology series AMERICAN CRIME. In 2012, Jessup starred on the big screen as the lead in the independent film BLACKBIRD. The film premiered to acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, with his performance earning him the “Rising Star” accolade from the festival. In 2015, Connor starred in the independent feature CLOSET MONSTER, a coming-of-age drama in which he plays Oscar Madly, a boy desperate to escape his hometown, his broken family and the ghosts of a turbulent childhood. The film won Best Canadian Feature on its premiere at TIFF.Named one of the “25 New Faces in Independent Film" in 2016 by Filmmaker Magazine, Jessup is also a writer, director and producer. His short film BOY premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. He recently completed his third short, LIRA'S FOREST, and is currently in development on his debut feature.

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