While I have some big news to share about the film shortly, I wanted to send an update on the four upcoming film festivals where "Nefertiti's Daughters" has recently been accepted. If you're in the area and can make it, please let me know!
1. While at dinner last night in Berlin with Mira Shihadeh (one of the stars of our film), I received an email telling me that were just accepted to the final Oscar-qualifying festival for this qualifying year — the 19th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival held August 4-9, 2015 in Newport, Rhode island.
Said the email: "Your film was selected from over 5,000 submissions from more than 60 countries. Your film will be featured as part of this year’s Official Competition, and will be in contention for our Oscar Qualifying Short Film Award."
This is fantastic news, and I will, for sure, be in attendance. I will update when they release their festival screenings schedule and we know when and where our premiere will be held.
2. We were accepted as an official selection for the very well-regarded Stony Brook Film Festival, on Long Island (New York). The festival runs July 16-25 and we are slated to screen on Sunday July 19 at 6pm inside the 1,000-seat Staller Center for the Arts on the Stony Brook campus. Also noteworthy is that the film was accepted, for the first time, as a feature — not a short — since Stony Brook’s limit on shorts is 30 minutes. I definitely will be in attendance for the screening and Q&A following it.
3. We were accepted as the screening film at the two-week long Lack.Streiche.Kleber Festival in Dresden, Germany. This huge street art festival runs July 25 through August 7. the film will screen at 10pm on Thursday, July 30 at Thalia Kino Dresden, Görlitzer Str. 6, 01099 Dresden. And...I will be in attendance for the screening and am very excited about it!
4. Finally, the film has also been accepted to the 8th Annual San Joaquin International Film Festival in Stockton, California. This is a two-day festival and the film is slated to screen onSunday August 2, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton. This screening is significant to me because it will be the first time the film will be seen in my home state of California, and not too far from my hometown of Oakland, California.
I am very very much hoping to make the screening in person. The challenge is that I will be coming back from Augsburg, Germany either the day of, or the day before. I'll know in the coming weeks, but I very much want to be there and will make all efforts!
I hope you are able to make one of the festivals, but I'm guessing there will be other opportunities as we continue down the festival circuit. If you can make it, please email me and let me know. It would be so wonderful and meaningful to see you in person!
UPCOMING FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Sun, Jul 19 (6:00pm): Stony Brook Film Festival, Stony Brook, New York
Thurs, Jul 30 (10:00 pm): Lack.Streiche.Kleber Festival, Dresden, Germany
Sun, Aug 2 (11:00 am): San Joaquin International Film Festival, Stockton, CA
Aug 4-9 (date/time TBD): Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Newport, Rhode Island (Oscar-qualifying festival)