About the film

HEARTS WANT is written by Ruth Maramis. Inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel Persuasion, it’s a complex, female-driven drama set in an English coastal town.

Logline: Two former lovers who reunite for a play by their terminally-ill mentor face the consequences of a secret that could change their lives forever.

Synopsis: Lily puts her Hollywood career on hold to return to her UK hometown to lead her dying mentor Martin’s swan song. The play reunites Lily with her former lover Jacques, whom she left abruptly seven years prior. The reunion leads to a life-altering decision and a chance for personal redemption the three of them have long sought for.

The Hearts Want journey continues!

We are developing the feature-length version and our film project is now fiscally sponsored by The Gotham. Consider supporting our film, visit our DONATE page for more info.



Hearts Want Short

The romantic drama runs about 15 minutes long. It premiered at The Twin Cities Film Fest in October 2017 and won Best Audience Award, as well as made the five finalists for Best Short.

Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video!

Hearts Want is on Amazon Prime

It’s FREE to stream if you have Prime subscription, but it’s also available to rent or buy for non Prime subscribers for a nominal fee.


Our short film is currently rated 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon Prime with 21 reviews!

Hearts Want rating - 5 stars on Amazon Prime

Check out Movie Man Eric‘s glowing review!

The Short Film Show

Hearts Want premiered on UK Showcase TV (Sky channel 192 and Freesat 161) on March 2019. Our film is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video as part of season 2 (episode 8) of The Short Film Show.

For more details, check out the Short Film Show website »

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  • Twin Cities Film Fest 2017 – Best Audience Award (Short) + Finalist for Best Short
  • Austin Under the Stars 2018 – Best Writer
  • Independent Shorts Awards – Honorable Mention (April’s competition of Best Narrative Short)
  • Los Angeles CineFest – Semifinalist
  • Best Actor Nominee (Peter Christian Hansen) – YES! Let’s Make a Movie Film Festival in Montreal
  • Awards of Commendation – Canada Shorts – Canadian & International Short Film Fest.

Trailer & Clips

A clip of Hearts Want – Jacques and Lily in the play-within-the-film scene

An excerpt from Hearts Want‘s script read-through (January 2017)

Film Festival

Hearts Want is still on its film festival circuit.



Thank you for your supporting our film project. All proceeds will go toward film production costs. Here are three ways to donate:

    1. Donate online via The Gotham.com (tax-deductible)
    2. Donate by mail via The Gotham (tax-deductible)
    3. Donate directly to our production company Kristina Swan LLC

  1. Donate with a credit card online via The Gotham (tax-deductible)

Hearts Want is fiscally sponsored by The Gotham Film & Media Institute, so if you donate through our film page on their website, your contribution is tax-deductible. Just click on the gold button that says ‘Make a Contribution’ and fill out the online form. 


Credit Card donors will receive their tax-deductible acknowledgment immediately.

2. Donate with check by mail via The Gotham

Please send a check in the amount of your contribution payable to IFP Fiscal Sponsorship, with the text ‘Hearts Want film‘ written in the memo portion of your check, and this completed contribution form to:

The Gotham Film & Media Institute
Attn: Fiscal Sponsorship
55 Washington Street, Suite 324
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Gotham will send each donor a thank you letter, which acknowledges their tax-deductible donation.

3. Donate directly to our production company Kristina Swan LLC

If you do not need a tax write-off, you are welcome to donate below and it will go to Kristina Swan LLC production company. 


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Contact Info

If you would like more information about Hearts Want, or want to donate by mail, please email producer/screenwriter Ruth Maramis at ruth@maramis.me

Thank you!


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