The 4th Annual FINDECOIN International Short Film Festival will be held February 23-25th in Puerto la Cruz, Argentina. FINDECOIN seeks independent work that entertains and educates, and its motto is el día se hace corto, “the day is short.” Selah Selam is a nominee 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!
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!
Selah Selam made it through to the finals of the Near Nazareth Festival in Israel, receiving an award for “Strengthening Friendship and Understanding Between Nations.”
Note to Selah: Congrats again, my likeable one! You certainly achieved your goal. And I wish you and Ginny, Heather and Winston, and Viv and the guys all the best for the holidays. BTW, how is the poetry coming along?
Selah’s Reply: Ginny has me putting together song lyrics, but I’m no Lauryn Hill:
How will you see the next cycle of the moon? / Half full or half empty, diminishing from view? / The light is leaving us — but coming back soon.
Where will you be, the next trip around the sun? / In a faraway place? A step closer to someone? / The universe is shaping us — its work is not done.