While her tower block is burning, a 7 year old girl is consumed by guilt thinking she started the fire.


is a Student Academy Award winning short film written and directed by Marie Mc Court.

The film was made as an end of thesis film at Institut des Arts de Diffusion while Marie was enrolled as a 5th year student.


I was still there when you left me has been shortlisted at the BAFTA Student Film Awards (USA), and selected to screen at a number of film festivals including: Flickerfest (Australia), Regard (Canada), San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain), Busan International Short Film Festival (South Korea), Coté Court (France), FIFF Festival International Francophone de Namur (Belgium)…


Lila: Anaé ROMYNS
Karim: Joël BUNGANGA
Sekou: Rachad ZANGABA
Bahrou: Kevin NDAYAMBAJE
Policeman: Guillaume ALEXANDRE


A few months after I started writing, a building collapsed in Marseille, killing 8 people. It reminded me of what happened at the Grenfell tower in 2017 in London.(The polyethylene facade panels could be the cause of the fire’s rapid spread, and the death of at least 79 people.)

With my co-writer, Abdoul, we wanted to initiate discussions about what these events tells us about our society. The system we live in ignores a part of the population who lives in precarious and dangerous conditions.

As the system is difficult to materialize as a character, we wrote a story in which a little girl sets fire to her building, so that we could evacuate the question of her responsibility.

Who’s the real culprit ? The absent parents, the people in charge of the safety conditions, the people who built the tower...? The state, who let them build that tower?

Why are certain types of violence not questioned and threatening the lives of a part of the population? By using an immersive point of view, I leave informations offscreen and invite the spectator to invest himself a little more in the narrative. I wanted to create empathy as a tool to avoid the trivialization of violence and suffering.


Director: Marie MC COURT
Screenplay: Marie MC COURT and Abdoulkarim HAMADI

Casting director: Maja Ajmia Yde ZELLAMA

Operator: Oscar HAEZENBERGHE
1st assistant camera: Samuel CHOCTEAU
2nd assistant camera: Maëlle CORBELET PARADIS
Gaffer: Vincent NOUGIER
Best boy electric: Lalie GILIS and Martin VERVISCH
Key grip: Julien LIZEN
Grip: Guillaume UTEZA

Boom operator: Victor CONNAN
Sound recordist: Owen ROSE

Editor: Lucie FLOC’H LEVI

Sound editor: Hugo BECKER and Lewis DELSAUX
Sound mixer: Lewis DELSAUX
Original soundtrack and sound design: Rowan VAN HOEF
Colorist: Robin ZSCHAU
Visual effects: Thomas SCOURNEAU

Script girl: Margot GUY
Props: Alexine LIBRE
Make-up artist: Clara BAUDUIN
Set designer: Camille LEYS
Dresser: Rojin AÇILAN and Femi KIDJO

1st assistant director: Ilya JACOB
2nd assistant director: Hugo SALVAIRE
Logistics: Manon SERVAIS
Production manager: Sandy LARDINOIS