The 2nd Wular Lake International Short Film Festival will be held April 25-26 in Srinagar, Kashmir. The festival features fifty films from fifty countries, and this year’s special categories will include “Empowering Women,” and “Human Rights and War Crimes.” Selah Selam is an Official Selection.
Note to Selah: After winning awards at festivals in Christian and Jewish countries (Venezuela and Israel), to be honored in two predominantly Muslim countries next month (Syria and Kashmir) will be quite a feat. I’d say you’ve accomplished your mission of bringing a message of unity among faiths.
Selah’s reply: Working on it! Sadly, such a long way to go…but for now, PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL!
Selah Selam won Best Short Film Screenplay at the FINDECOIN International Short Film Festival this week. I am grateful to the festival judges and to the organizers, Argenis Herrera Sánchez and Veruska Cumana. Also a note of thanks to Carla T. Rivera for her kind assistance with translation.
The 4th Annual FINDECOIN International Short Film Festival will be held this February 23-25th in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. FINDECOIN seeks work that entertains and inspires; its motto is el día se hace corto, “the day is short.” Selah Selam is one of six finalists for Best Short Film Screenplay.
Selah Selam is a script finalist in the Pasadena International Film Festival, to be held March 7th-15th.
Note to Selah: The festival season continues to make its way northward in California, and the PIFF is a highly-regarded event that has become a stepping stone to Cannes for filmmakers. But I’d like you to know that the script has received more than just critical honors. I’ve also received personal notes from several festival organizers that their readers and judges LOVED your story (usually in caps.).
Selah’s reply: When you love someone or something, you should love in all caps. PEACE AND LOVE and a Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
Winners – Short Screenplay Competition
Gold – “Amy Eventually” written by Kay Phillips
Silver – “Selah Selam” written by Michael Vincent Montgomery
Bronze – “Full Figured” written by Aliya Jackson
The partial eclipse of this morning’s moon, which was a blue blood.
2018 has so far brought bitterly cold temperatures, so it is a pleasure to turn our thoughts today to the start of festival season in Southern California, where Selah Selam is a nominee for a California Film Award and has made the semis of the prestigious Southern California Screenplay Competition.
Note to Selah: You put in long holiday hours at the resale shop, not to mention all of your worthy peace-making efforts abroad. Would you object to taking a little break for some sun and surf?
Selah’s reply: I think you forget sometimes I’m Jamaican, Dr. M. Ginny and I are already booked!
Update 1/20: Selah Selam received a Finalist Award at the CFAs and won an Honorable Mention in the SoCal Screenplay Competition, finishing in the top four. Many thanks to all of the organizers!