Hiding (2020)

A chased man tries to run from the memories of his past, fleeing the civil war in Sri Lanka. A short action-thriller directed by Nirusha Wijayamohan. In Tamil and English. Starring Jey Jey.

One morning, a man walks in the woods with his family. He plays hide and seek with his child, but gets triggered by a traumatic memory. He migrated to London from a warzone due to his childhood scars, but memories he wishes to forget come back to torment him.

9 min | Coming Of Age | Thriller | War | Sri Lanka | UK | Tamil

HIDING has been selected in 21 film festivals and won 8 awards.

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For this film, I was the 1st AD, Co-Producer, and even stepped in to do sound recording.

Nirusha Wijayamohan completed this film as part of her Raindance Masters study into directing thrillers.


HIDING has been selected in 21 film festivals and won 8 awards.


  • Special Mention Award in Best International Short Film
    Golden Leaf International Film Festival: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India (05/Jun/2021)
  • Best Debut Short
    After Hour Film Festival: Online (09/Apr/2021)
  • Best Debut Film Maker in Short Film (Nirusha Wijayamohan)
    Best Cinematographer in Short Film (Haridas Stewart)
    Cosmo Film Festival: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (13/Mar/2021)
  • Best International Short Film
    Special Jury Award for Best Producer (Nirusha Wijayamohan)
    Uruvatti International Film Festival: Saligramam, Tamil Nadu, India (09/Mar/2021)
  • Special Jury Award in Best International Short Film
    Golden Sparrow International Film Festival: Sirkali, Tamil Nadu, India (05/Mar/2021)
  • Best Debut Filmmaker of Short Film (Nirusha Wijayamohan)
    Gona Film Awards: Karaikkudi, Tamil Nadu, India (01/Mar/2021)


Rameshwaram International Film Festival: Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India (14/Mar/2021) Shortfundly Summer Film Festival 2021: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (24/Jul/2022)


  • London International Web & Shorts Film Festival: London, UK (06/Mar/2021)


  • iFilms International Short Film Festival: Pune, Maharashtra, India (28/Aug/2021)


  • Toronto Tamil Film Festival: Toronto, ON, Canada (10/Sep/2021)


  • Florida South Asian Film Festival: FL, USA (23/Dec/2021)
  • London Lift-Off Film Festival: London, UK (01/Dec/2021)
  • Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival: Los Angeles, CA, USA (12/Sep/2021)
  • New Indie Film Festival (NIFF): London, UK (26/Jun/2021)
  • UK Asian Film Festival: London, UK (26/May/2021)
  • Best Global Shorts: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (30/Apr/2021)
  • Beyond Earth Film Festival: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (28/Mar/2021)
  • Red Dragon Creative Awards: Dallas, TX, USA (17/Mar/2021)
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions @ Pinewood Studios: London, UK (22/Feb/2021; 21/Dec/2020)
  • Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival: Berlin, Germany) (01/Feb/2021)


HIDING has been selected for the UK Asian Film Festival 2021 (26 May to 06 June 2021)

Hiding is playing in the Global Lift-Off Film Festival

01 March 2021: Hiding played in the GONA Film Festival 2021 (India), and Nirusha Wijaymohan was awarded Best Debut Director for a Short Film

February 2021: Golden Sparrow International Film Festival, India: Hiding received a Special Jury Award in the International Short Film Category

February 2021: Uruvatti Film Festival, India: Hiding won best International Short Film and Best Producer – Short Film

February 2021: Hiding is playing in the London International Web & Shorts Film Festival

February 2021: Hiding is playing in the Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival, in the New Voice Shorts section (Film #127)


Written by Andrew T. Pennington
Story by Nirusha Wijayamohan & Randa Elobeid
Directed by Nirusha Wijayamohan
Produced by Nirusha Wijayamohan
Co-Produced by Patricia Hetherington


Nehan: Jey Jey
Akhil: Aniston Anton Julius
Soldier: Jennis Wijayamohan
Father: Suresh Seetharaman
Mother (Past): Anusha Navin
Young Nehan: Sarujan Kasinthan
Mother (Present): Ramani Rajaratnam
Vinay: Gautham Sivadharan


Director of Photography: Haridas Stewart
First Assistant Camera: Giulio Strata
Clapper Loader: Jason Phillips, Nicola Clements
First Assistant Director: Patricia Hetherington
Sound Recordists: Chase Coley, Will Langdale, Patricia Hetherington
Special FX Makeup: Rachel Keane, Theodore Salisbury
Costume designer & Armourer: Richard Wijayamohan
Runners: Murielle Boa, Kairon Edwards, Swarnan Manoharan, Kesharuben Selvaratnam
Stills Photographer: Chris Bourton
Production Assistants: Jason Phillips, Nicola Clements, Wijayamohan Jesudasan, Winishan Wijayamohan
Production Manager: Ben Richardson
DIT: Patricia Hetherington
Script Supervisor: Esteban Humet
Catering: Shanthakumary Wijayamohan
Editor: Afonso Palma
Sponsor: JSN Productions
Poster: Rachel Gimbert, Nirusha Wijayamohan
Colourist: Michelle Cort
Visual Effects: Sean Lewis – Quirx Productions
Sound Design: Chris Stanley – Fusion Sound Creative
Composer: Original Score by Caterina Schembri


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