The 2018 Barcelona International Film Festival has just come to a close, and the judges have chosen “Selah Selam” as the overall winner in the Short Screenplay category. See the announcement at: https://barcelonafilmfestival.com/awards-and-prizes-barcelona-film-festival/2018-winners
The Moving Parts Film Festival will stage a live reading of “Selah Selam” with professional actors on September 15th at the Complex Hollywood theater on Santa Monica Boulevard. In conjunction with Chrysalis Pictures, the event will be filmed. The Moving Parts Festival “focuses on creating groundbreaking original works for the purpose of having a deeper understanding of all cultures and people” and seeks to encourage filmmakers and writers to “use their creativity to propel change.”
Note to Selah: Monica Quinn, the Festival Director, is a charismatic, upbeat, and very kind person — just like you. She promises to handle your story with care. I may ask her to be your godmother.
Selah’s reply: I may be a little old for a godmother, and I think Monica and I look more like sisters. But anyway, it’s a nice thought, since in your writerly wisdom you decided to make me an orphan! 😦
From the americanmovieawards.com website: “Originally founded in 1980 and televised nationally, the American Movie Awards arose to honor excellence in filmmaking, with winners such as Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. The awards influenced a generation of ambitious filmmakers with dreams to one day be recognized for their filmmaking achievements before their industry colleagues and the entertainment industry alike.
“Under new direction and with a renewed spirit, the American Movie Awards has reemerged to celebrate the very best in independent filmmaking. Our annual film and screenwriting competition is an important event aimed at recognizing independent filmmakers who are truly at the forefront of their craft as well as launching the careers of aspiring storytellers whose talent is of a caliber that demands accolade.” For all of this year’s winners, see: https://americanmovieawards.com/past-winners/2018
2018 Winners – Short Screenplay
Scary Lucy written by Sheila Schroeder
Roy & Lenny’s written by Amber Akhtar
June Block Hero written by Seth Kozak
Selah Selam written by Michael Vincent Montgomery
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 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!