Waves of Sleep


"There is sleep only for innocence, the culprits no longer sleep.” Sophie Cottin

“Waves of Sleep” is a graduation film directed by Sofia Rivolta, a 15’ drama/thriller, telling the story of three women and how their paths will cross and eventually become one. 

Shooting dates: February 2020 
Shooting locations: London + Dorset 
Release date: June 2020


Mood board 


Stephanie, a hypnosis therapist, is practicing and developing new experimental methods to cure insomnia. After a therapy session goes wrong with her patient Christine, causing Christine to fall into a coma, Stephanie stops seeing clients and soon becomes fixated on finding a way to bring Christine back to life. Suffocated by guilt, Stephanie will however cause her own death. 

After Stephanie’s death, her girlfriend Hana also starts to suffer from insomnia. She spends everyday trying to get closer to Stephanie’s research and soon her ultimate goal becomes to find Christine. Hana’s only contact with the outside world comes from Timothy, an older married professor specialised in Shakespeare’s literature, with whom she seems to have started an affair. 

When Timothy invites Hana to his house on the Southern-English coast, Timothy explains to Hana his belief that waves control the sleeping cycle of humans, and he moved next to the sea when, several months earlier, his wife Christine felt into an irreversible coma. Later at Timothy’s house, Hana manages to dose Timothy with sleeping draught and finally get to Christine’s room where she lies unconsciously in bed. Was Timothy just Hana’s way to get to Christine? What will Hana do now that she finally got to Christine?

Why are we raising the money?

The money raised for “Waves of Sleep” will be invested in all departments of our production, with the focus on Locations, Production Design, Production and Distribution. 

Film Locations fees represent one of the main costs our production will have to   cover as the script and story require such specific and spectacular places as sets.

Travel, Transportation and Catering are inevitable costs of a Production, as it involves the participation of vast cast and crew members, alongside the transportation of equipment and props from one location to the other. 

Some of our funds will go into the Camera and Light Department as well as Sound, for additional equipment and accessories.

We believe in the power our story evokes and therefore our aim is to make the film open to a wider public, promoting it and advertising the processes of production. Moreover, after its completion, we'll submit “Waves of Sleep” to Film Festivals in the UK, targeting also festivals in Europe, United States, and Asia. 

To our donors...

In order to show our consideration towards your contribution, in the following months, we will be happy to share with all of you updates in regards of the production, backstage photos, the finalised version of the film and all the future achievements the project will make. All donors’ names will be credited in the film.

We are extremely grateful for everyone who will financial support and help us bringing this film to life. We are excited to have you as part of this adventure! Thank you!

Meet the cast


Meet the crew

Director: Sofia Rivolta

Born and raised in Milan (Italy), Sofia Rivolta moved to London three years ago to start her studies at UAL: LCC, where she is specialising in film directing. The latest short-film she directed was “Swan Cage”, which will be presented at film festivals from January 2020. While still at university and despite her young age, Sofia is also currently co-directing the pre-school animated series “One Love”, which will be broadcasted on Italian national tv channel RAI, from spring 2020. Besides directing, Sofia’s name is included in numerous credits’ lists for producing advertising, fashion, short and feature films.

“Waves of Sleep” is Sofia’s new ambitious project, her next challenging, and hopefully successful movie she will direct.

IG: @sofiarivolta

Producer: Fizza Hassan

Fizza grew up in London spending most of her childhood watching films and falling in love with the art behind it. She studied film studies, photography, art and drama as A Levels but grew more fond of cinema. She went on and is currently studying Film Practice as a BA in the University of the Arts London: LCC. She is specialising in production design and has taken this unique opportunity in her third year to produce a grad film which is “Waves of Sleep”.

Director of Photography: Balázs Weidner 

Balazs Weidner, a Hungarian film student, had started working in the art industry as a photographer, before he discovered cinematography, his true passion and interest. At the age of eighteen, his exam film at HSC (Hungarian Society of Cinematographers) has been nominated for Golden Eye, which has brought him the awaited opportunity to work in Norway and gain international experience in the film industry.
Spending three years in the Scandinavian countries has been a great affect on his creative style that he could benefit in his work back in Hungary as well as in other countries, like Germany or England.

After finishing his education in Denmark, he has spent a year to concentrate on his own projects such as fashion and experimental films. Currently he is a student at the University of the Arts London (UAL) where he is continuing his cinematography eductation.
Balazs will be the director of photography of “Waves of Sleep” after working on four films together with Sofia Rivolta, including “Swan Cage”, as director/cinematographer duo.

IG: @balazsweidner 

Production Designer: Anne Braatz

Anne Braatz is a German film student at the London Collage of Communication. Determined from a young age to pursuit a creative career in the film industry she moved from a small town in central Germany to the United Kingdom at only fifteen years of age. Working all different areas of the art department on a regular basis, she will be designing “Waves of Sleep”. Anne has a strong passion for literature and art which will influence the clean design of the film, allowing her to create intertextual links. With previous work on feature and student films she aims to pursuit a career as a freelance art director. You can find her pervious work at: https://www.annebraatz.com/

Editor: Atalay Ulusoy 

Atalay Ulusoy is a final BA Film Practice student at the University of the Arts London. He was born and raised in Istanbul/(Turkey) and moved to London in 2016, right after he graduated from the high school. First, he studied Media Foundation Degree at Bellerby’s College Oxford, then started to study BA Film Practice course at UAL. He is interested in editing and wants to build a career on it. He has done multiple university projects so far in the field of editing.

Sound Designer: Brandon Mosquera 

Brandon Mosquera is a Colombian Sound designer and Producer based in London. He has a diverse body of work, in music production, live events, and film. His passion for sound has taken him to collaborate and work with various national and international talented people in the music and film industry.

He has had the honour of working alongside Simon Wright who is head of audio for Suite, award-winning Post production house based in Soho (London). Brandon has more recently focused on sound design for film, where he is developing a promising potential of his sonic creativity. Exploring new techniques takes him to keep innovating sound and developing his signature with his creative flair.

1st AD: Elena Escalante 

Elena Escalante is a second year BA Film Practice student at UAL London. She was born and raised in Madrid (Spain) and moved to the UK at sixteen to pursue a creative career. She has always been into writing and has written and directed several small projects that have allowed her to have an understanding of the film industry. She is interested in ADing as a starting point, as it allows to make connections with every department. She is currently working on her new production, a period piece called “Rosemary’s Blood”, alongside “Waves of Sleep”.

Other crew members: 
Production Assistant: Jim Holland 
Casting Director: Issabella O’Connor 
Sound Recordist: Tom Whitaker
Sound Post: Volkan Kiziltug
Costume Designer: Santiago Giraldo 
Production Design Assistant: Viktoria Medvedeva
1st AC: Ed Guida
2nd AC: Jialin Wang 
Gaffer: Stefano Padoan 

Thanks for taking time to check out our campaign. If you would like to help but are unable to contribute via gofundme.com please share our page & check us out on other social networking platforms.

Help us spread the word and make “Waves of Sleep” possible! 

Thank you for your time and consideration. 


“Waves of Sleep” Team


  • Jessica Daolio 
    • £50 
    • 4 mos
  • Matteo Vitali 
    • £100 
    • 5 mos
  • Chiara Mannarino 
    • £15 
    • 5 mos
  • Alessandra Porta 
    • £40 
    • 5 mos
  • Lindsey Bliefernicht 
    • £20 
    • 5 mos
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Fizza Hassan 
Brentford, Greater London, United Kingdom
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