You Are There_Still
Developed at SEAFIC 2017, Tokyo Talents 2017
and Feature Lab Programme of Torino Film Lab 2018


Project in Development
Director: Nicole Midori Woodford
Produced by Potocol
Seeking international co-producers, financiers, distribution

Ami (13), lives with her father in Singapore, struggling to cope with the chasm left behind by her mother, Satomi, who returned to Japan years ago. Ami has an uncanny ability to communicate with spirits. When Ami sees a premonition of disaster befalling Satomi’s coastal hometown, she journeys to warn her mother. Ami finally meets for the first time her uncle Isamu, an eccentric taxi driver. Both estranged from Satomi, together they begin a tumultuous road trip to find her mother, developing an unexpected and raw kinship along the way. Isamu faces his own haunting encounters of his own. Upon reaching the coast still devastated by a past tsunami, Ami delves into the afterlife in order to face the bleak truth of her mother’s departure. It is here she will finally meet her mother after being separated for 6 years. Through this final reunion and confrontation of the deepest sort of grief, find the truth of why her mother left her. With her uncle, Ami completes her personal odyssey of finding herself and her family.

Director-writer Nicole Midori Woodford is a Singaporean filmmaker who examines the nature of trauma upon memory and its permanence. The film centrally dwells upon memory that transcends our deaths, and redemption. Even if the tangible is lost, the soul of a place or person continues to exist in the memory and in time. Her works have always dwelled on how parallel worlds dissect or overlap. The film is about the human condition and what lies beyond the void. The characters in the film all journey to look for a certain someone who is missing from their lives. They eventually discover residual vestiges of loved ones through these encounters.Nicole Midori Woodford is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy and Berlinale Talents in 2010. Her latest short film For we are strangers made its world premiere at the 20th Busan International Film Festival in the Wide Angle Short Film Competition, 2015. Her portfolio of works can be found on
Shooting format: HD
Runtime: 100 mins
Language: Japanese, English, Mandarin
Genre: Coming of Age drama, Supernatural
Shooting start: 2019
Cast: TBD