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45 Film Festival Acceptances and Counting

by alexis
Film Festival Laurels for Carry My Heart

I’m extremely proud that “Carry My Heart to the Yellow River,” the short I directed and co-wrote in China in the summer of 2018, has found such a global audience on the 2019-2020 film festival circuit. So far, this uplifting story of a high school graduate’s epic journey on behalf of her sick friend has been accepted to 45 Film Festivals among ten countries and territories, including the USA, Guam, Italy, England, India, Ireland, Bhutan, Germany, Australia, and Canada, and we’ve been semi-finalists in an additional six festivals in three more countries.

On top of all this, we’ve won an astounding ten awards, including three best short awards, two audience choice awards, and specific awards for best drama, best director short film, and best cinematography.

In the United States, we’ve had screenings from coast to coast, including but not limited to New York (Syracuse and Williamsburg), Florida (Orlando and Fort Lauderdale), California (Los Angeles, Newport, Ojai, Santa Cruz), Hawaii, Washington, and many states in-between (Mississippi, South Dakota, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin).

Most importantly to me, audience response has been terrific, and I’ve heard from more than one viewer who’s been deeply affected by our story. After all the hard work, it’s enormously gratifying to see the emotional payoff in the faces of viewers.

Film Festivals to which we’ve been accepted:

  • 39th Breckinridge Film Festival
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival
  • Charlotte Film Festival
  • South Dakota Film Festival (Winner – Best Family Friendly Short)
  • Fayetteville Film Film Festival
  • Sioux City International Film Festival
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival
  • Syracuse International Film Festival (Winner – Short Film Fiction)
  • Orlando Film Festival
  • Guam International Film Festival
  • 70th Montecatini International Short Film Festival
  • Liverpool Film Festival
  • 20th Ojai Film Festival
  • East Lansing Film Festival
  • Alexandria Film Festival
  • 34th Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
  • 39th Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Goa Short Film Festival
  • Williamsburg Film Festival
  • Waterford Film Festival
  • Druk International Film Festival (Winner – Short Film: Outstanding Achievement)
  • IS Short Film Festival Pune India
  • 42nd Big Muddy Film Festival
  • Snowdance Independent Film Festival
  • 14th Beaufort International Film Festival
  • Green Bay Film Festival (Winner – Titletown Award for Best Short, Audience Choice Best Short)
  • Children’s Film Festival Seattle (Winner – Best Live Action Short)
  • 20th FirstGlance Los Angeles (Winner – Best Drama, Audience Choice Short Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography)
  • 14th Taos Shortz (Postponed)
  • Beeston Film Festival in Nottingham, UK (limited online exhibition)
  • Cleveland International Film Festival (in the Filmslam program) (limited online exhibition)
  • Australian Inspirational Film Festival (Postponed)
  • 17th Tupelo Film Festival (Postponed)
  • Tallahassee Film Festival (Cancelled)
  • Tiburon International Film Festival (Postponed)
  • 39th Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival (limited online exhibition)
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (limited online exhibition)
  • Newport Beach Film Festival (Postponed)
  • XXI Festival Internazionale Corti da Sogni Antonio Ricci (Postponed)
  • 15th European Independent Film Festival (ECU) (limited online exhibition)
  • Riverside International Film Festival (limited online exhibition)
  • 39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (limited online exhibition)
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (limited online exhibition)
  • 62nd Rochester International Film Festival (limited online exhibition)
  • 16th ReelHeart Film Festival (Toronto, Canada) (limited online exhibition)

Film festivals at which we’ve been shortlisted, but not accepted:

  • Sapporo International Short Film Festival & Market (Programmer’s Delight Shortlist)
  • Thessaloniki (Semi-finalist)
  • Short to the Point Awards (Semi-finalist)
  • Dublin International Film Festival (Shortlist)
  • Asia South East (Highest Commendation)
  • Dances With Films (Second Round Selection)

Additional Note – At this point, given the worldwide pandemic with which we’re faced, film festivals are either postponing screenings, or moving to one of several online exhibition models for limited time screenings. We fully support both decisions, and I’ll post updates for whenever online screenings are scheduled. It’s been a fantastic run so far, and we’ll see it through to the very end. I’m hoping we can find a willing streaming distributor who can provide this project with a more permanent home!

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