This Story Is The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

A local college student is screening her very first short film at Cannes

Terri Lee-Sylvester
May 24, 2019 - 2:29 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - It's the stuff dreams are made of: a student at the University of Michigan writes a scene for a class project and after turning it into a short film, she finds herself at none other than the creme de la creme of film festivals: Cannes!

"This is just such an exciting experience," Hayley Tibbenham, the writer and director of the short film Inhuman, told WWJ's Terri Lee.   

"I went into this completely just hoping to learn something about filmmaking and storytelling, and to have this project that was so near and dear to my heart; to have it resonate with so many people, to have these festivals start recognizing it, it means to much to me.  It's been incredible."

Tibbenham says this story is near and dear to her heart because she's struggled with body image for much of her life.

"I kinda wanted to write a story about a woman who was sort of facing that ... sense of body image and maybe her internal feelings are different than the feelings of other people and those sort of get projected onto her," Tibbenham said.  "It doesn't even really matter what she feels; it's about how these other people are perceiving her."

Before Inhuman, Tibbenham's experience in film consisted of helping some of her friends with their projects.  But after ...

"I just fell in love with these two characters.  My teacher was incredibly supportive ... and she immediately encouraged me.  She put me in contact with all of the right people who sort of led them through this process."

In addition to writing and directing the film, Tibbenham stars as the lead character, Alice.  

Hayley Tibbenham

While at Cannes, Tibbenham plans to network and attend industry seminars as she prepares for the next step in her career.

A big congratulations to Hayley Tibbenham!

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