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Synopsis: A pair of siblings have grown up imagining what valuable items might exist inside a mysterious box owned by their grandfather. But when their grandfather dies, the siblings discover the box has been donated. Their quest to find the box and reveal its contents leads them to rediscover something much more valuable.



Run Time

5 minutes


Alex Homami (Emmet)
Riley Stoler (Brooke)
Paul Vincent O'Connor (Isaac)
Jonah Sachs (Young Emmet)
Ella White (Young Brooke)

Directed by

Chelsea Trotti
Chelsea Trotti

Written by

Chelsea Trotti


Mia Ruhman

Director's Statement

The Box is my attempt to share what it is to lose someone we love, but also to say that there is so much more to be grateful for having had them in our lives. Every moment of rediscovering the memories locked away inside the boxes we store away, both physically and emotionally brings catharsis. In the end, I hope that finding The Box will take you on a journey that will bring you joy and remind you of what truly is important in life.

Director's Bio

Chelsea Trotti is a rising Freshman starting NYU TISCH in the fall of 2021 as a film major. She graduated from Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, California. She has directed over a dozen short films during her high school experience, several of which have been selected for and at times won or placed in student film festivals in the US and abroad. This is her first film submitted to the Catalina Film Festival.

Country of Origin

United States

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