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The Bridge Partner


  • 2015
  • United States
  • 14 mins
  • English

Winter FEAR Awards Horror Film Competition

Gabriel Olson
Sean Barney, Gabriel Olson, Jason Michael Berman
Beth Grant, Sharon Lawrence, Robert Forster, Catherine Carlen

Mattie is a timid housewife who has settled into a dull yet comfortable routine. She is confronted with a captivating alternative when she is paired with a new partner at a weekly bridge game. This stranger, Olivia, is everything Mattie is not: foreign, independent and alluring. But as the game ends, Olivia calmly leans across the table and whispers a shocking message. Or at least that’s what Mattie thinks she hears. When Olivia begins to appear in all of Mattie’s usual haunts, she’s faced with a growing threat, as well as a fear that she could be losing her mind.

Gabriel Olson is a San Francisco native and a graduate of USC’s film school. Captivated by storytelling in the short film, he went to work in commercials receiving various awards and in 2013 he was selected for the prestigious SHOOT Magazine New Director Showcase. In 2014 his work with Ahmir “Questlove” Jenkins and Guitar Center premiered during the Superbowl. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Miriam, and dog, Mayzie Bone.


2015 Catalina Film Festival (USA) – Wes Craven Best Horror Film Award
2015 Comic-Con Int’l Ind. Film Festival (USA) – Best Horror / Suspense Film
2015 DC Shorts (USA) – Audience Award
2015 SoHo Int’l Film Festival (USA) Nominee – Best Showcase Short Film

About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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