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5 “Best” and 2 “Honorable Mentions”


SFAAF statue longThe South Film and Arts Academy Festival just announced their November awards.  And they bestowed a whole bucketful on “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“.


I submitted to the festival as a short film, even though at 37 minutes we were a bit over their 35 minute cut off for the length of short films (Most festivals have a 40 minute cut off, but longer and shorter cut offs are common).  I had contacted the festival and asked for an exemption, considering the two minutes over the limit are basically the film’s opening and end credits.  They allowed me to submit as a “Horror Short”.


But then they evidently changed their mind, because “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” was bumped up into the feature length category.  Where it won 5 awards and 2 honorable mentions.  But not as horror feature…


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SFAAF Feature Films


“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” won Best Musical Feature in a group of Best Feature winners that includes Indie, Drama, Horror, Experimental, Documentary and First Feature.


SFAAT Musical


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Many film festivals and competitions require you to submit yourself for each category you wish to be placed in for awards consideration.  SFAAF only requires you to submit in a film category – “horror short”, in my case.  They then independently make additional awards choices.  I did not submit our film as a musical feature, nor in the following categories.  SFAAF chose to make these decisions on their own:

I won Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film.




Our cinematographer Jason Chua won for Best Lighting (Shout out to Austin Lepri, Ja’rel Ivory, and Harry Walker, our Key Grip, Gaffer, and assistant D.P.).


SFAAF Lighting


Nicholas Callais won for Art Direction.


SFAAF Art Directrion


Anthony Paul-Cavaretta won for Costumes.


SFAAF Costume


We also got two honorable mentions.

One for the score:




And another for the production team, which includes Edward Elder and Henry Borriello.


SFAAF Production


So it’s pretty thrilling that with just 37 minutes length we were allowed to play with the big boys of feature length films and be so richly rewarded.

Thank you SFAAF for your generosity!  I’m humbled and very much appreciate the honor.


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Virgin Spring Cinefest gave “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” two Silver Awards for Short Films and Music Score.


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About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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