On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film

Princess Rita

Blair Waters


Princess Rita is my first short film. It’s about a lonely insurance adjuster who becomes consumed by his desire to meet his internet girlfriend, who claims to be a princess from a faraway country. ◆◆◆ It premiered at The British Film Institute in 2019, as part of BFI Future Film Festival, won the Festival Jury Award at Nitehawk, premiered online in August 2020 on The Future of Film Is Female, and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. ◆◆◆ In Waters's self-assured hands, the Florida candy-colour aesthetic has never looked so great. -VICE Tonally perfect. -Short Of The Week A uniquely realized portrait…leaves an indelible impression. -NoBudge Wonderfully tactile…everything in this small world is perfectly depicted. -Film inquiry Is this supposed to be funny? - A Person Online

Blair Waters is a Brooklyn-based director, originally from the Caribbean. Her commercial work has been part of Clio-winning campaigns, and her music videos have been highlighted by The New York Times and named MTV Hits of the Week. She was named a Young Director to Watch by VICE with the release of her debut short film, Princess Rita, and is a 2020 IFP Episodic Lab Fellow with her new project, Miracle Lake.