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40 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 40 Film Festivals among nine countries and territories, including the USA, Guam, Italy, England, India, Ireland, Bhutan, Germany, and Australia, and we’ve been semi-finalists in an additional five festivals in three more countries.

On top of all that, we’ve won an astounding nine awards, including two 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, Fort Lauderdale, and Talahassee), California (Ojai, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles), 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
  • 20th FirstGlance Los Angeles (Winner – Best Drama, Audience Choice Short Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography)
  • 14th Taos Shortz
  • Beeston Film Festival in Nottingham, UK
  • Cleveland International Film Festival (in the Filmslam program)
  • Australian Inspirational Film Festival
  • 17th Tupelo Film Festival
  • Tallahassee Film Festival
  • Tiburon International Film Festival
  • 39th Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • 15th European Independent Film Festival (ECU)
  • Riverside International Film Festival

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)

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. However, I’m anticipating a premature end to our festival year. It’s been a fantastic run, 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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