A scrupulous teenager loses the young girl she's babysitting at an idyllic playground, forced to confront an insidious entity hidden among the children.

Project type: Fiction Short
Project status: Production
Writer/Director: Felipe Vargas
Actor: Xochitl Gomez
Producer: Nicole Crespo

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A scrupulous teenager loses the young girl she’s babysitting at an idyllic playground, forced to confront an insidious entity hidden among the children.


Hive is a real-time, visceral horror short film which follows a scrupulous teenage SASHA who loses the young girl she’s babysitting VAL at an idyllic playground. Amid her frantic search for the young girl as the sun sets, Sasha realizes all of the children in the playground are alone – their parents are all missing… Sasha soon unearths an insidious entity hidden among the children which is snatching away the parents and mind-controlling the children at this dreamy playground turned nightmare. Sasha must confront this insectoid creature burrowed within the playground’s tube slide to rescue Val, or risk losing her to a soul-crushing hivemind.

Meet the Filmmakers

Felipe Vargas – Writer/Director
Felipe Vargas is a Colombian-American Writer and Director. He is attached to helm Lionsgate’s horror-comedy reboot of Leprechaun and is directing his debut feature Rosario in Colombia this Fall. Felipe is also developing a horror feature for Paramount Pictures. As a writer, he is the Pilot Writer and Co-EP of the fantasy series Lotería produced by Norman Lear, Sony, and Amazon FreeVee. Recently, Felipe directed a Film Independent Project Involve short film. Felipe’s films Milk Teeth and The Guide garnered over 13 million views on YouTube and screened at several Academy Award qualifying festivals. He’s been awarded a DGA and Imagen Award and was named one of Variety’s Latino Creators to Watch.

Xochitl Gomez – Actor
Xochitl Gomez is an American actress born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her portrayal of the heroine America Chavez in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness as well as Dawn Schafer on the Netflix series The Babysitter’s Club. Xochitl began performing in youth musical theater productions at the age of 5 and transitioned into roles in commercials and minor television parts at age 10. She gained most of her early acting experience doing local LA short films– many of which lead to Best Young Actress awards. These credits and accolades lead to her selection as a feature actress at the Sundance Institute’s Director’s Lab in 2018. Then in August, 2020 Xochitl had the honor of being included in Variety magazine’s Power Of Young Hollywood issue for her outstanding performance on The Baby-Sitter’s Club.

Nicole Crespo – Producer
Nicole Crespo, is a Latinx Creative & Line Producer originally from Miami and based in Los Angeles. She has produced shorts that have screened worldwide and is a NALIP Producers Pipeline Fellow and produced on two seasons of the Disney Launchpad Program. Her recent shorts include The Last of The Chupacabras (dir. Jessica Mendez Siqueiros), Countdown (dir. Justin Dec), and Project CC (dir. Cashmere Jasmine). She is also a founder of the commercial production company (Jumping Girl Productions) which has a niche in producing for fashion & beauty clients including Burberry, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Hugo Boss, as well as others. 


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