THE CRITIC AMONG WINNERS OF AMAZON STUDIOS' INAUGURAL ALL VOICES FILM FESTIVAL

Competing at Amazon Studios' first annual All Voices Film Festival for U.S. filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds, Stella Velon’s multi-award winning and critically-acclaimed directorial debut ‘The Critic’ (also written by and starring Velon opposite Alan Smyth) was announced as one of the four Runners-up (First Prize winners) on August 27th, 2019. The five finalists were selected by a jury that included “the co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios (Julie Rapaport), Head of Diversity at Amazon Studios (Latasha Gillespie) and Founder and CEO of IMDb (Col Needham)”.

Watch the short on Amazon Prime Video: bit.ly/thecritic-amazonprime

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INTERVIEW: VOYAGE LA MAGAZINE

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Stella Velon – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.

“Currently, the project I am most proud of and known for is, as you may have guessed, ‘The Critic,’ which premiered at the 34th Boston Film Festival last September. You can now watch the short on Amazon Prime (available in the US & UK), as well as on the UK Film Channel (ukfilmchannel.co.uk/the-critic), and we have more exciting announcements coming soon!

Also, stay tuned for the comedy series I wrote. It’s a girl-powered ‘Entourage’ meets ‘Friends,’ set in the NYC fashion world, and the show is fully fleshed out! We are looking for investors/backers at the moment, so if that’s you and you are reading this, call us! We promise you it’ll be lots of fun, and you won’t regret it!”

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STELLA VELON'S 'THE CRITIC' WINS THE GRAND JURY PRIZE AT THE 2019 ANNUAL QUEEN PALM AWARDS

‘The Critic’ was one of the top 2 winning films at the 2019 Annual Queen Palm International Film Festival taking home the Grand Jury Prize ‘Couronne d’Or’ together with the feature documentary ‘Crime and Punishment’. In addition Stella Velon won the Best of Fest ‘Queen Supreme’ award for Best Short First-Time Filmmaker.

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STELLA VELON NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS & BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER | QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

As a two-time Gold Award winner and a Royal Gem Festival Standout at the December 2018 Edition of the Queen Palm International Film Festival, Stella Velon’s ‘The Critic’ will compete for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film (First-time filmmaker) and Best Actress (Short Film) at the 2019 Annual Award Event held at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Palm Springs, CA. Tickets and more info here: queenpalmfilmfest.org/2019-screening-lineup

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STELLA INTRODUCES 'THE CRITIC' AND THE UK FILM CHANNEL

I had the greatest pleasure of introducing my debut film ‘The Critic’ and the UK Film Channel, a brand new VOD platform, founded by the team behind the UK Film Review. Head over to ukfilmfilmchannel.co.uk to watch my short.

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'THE CRITIC' LAUNCHES ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO | ALL VOICES FILM FESTIVAL

Part of Amazon Studios' inaugural All Voices Film Festival for short films celebrating diversity in front of and behind the camera (June 3 - 24, 2019), Stella Velon’s directorial debut premiered to rave reviews from the audience.

“★★★★★ It wasn't just a movie. It was an experience.” - Amazon Customer

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"STELLA VELON'S THE CRITIC WAS NAMED BEST SHORT." - The Hollywood Reporter Top
'THE CRITIC' IS INDIE SHORTS MAG EDITOR'S PICK - THE BEST OF ALL, FROM 2018!

“Of all the films of 2018, we had some unique entries and never-seen-before shorts, but, perhaps, the best of it all had to be ‘The Critic’, for its sheer content and consistency with regards to performance and execution from all quarters. Stella Velon’s ‘The Critic’, a poignant, insightful look into the soul of an actress, with the measured performance of Velon is a 14:55 minutes long film that gently peels off the veneer of glamour.” — Indie Shorts Mag

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STELLA VELON NAMED BEST DIRECTOR AT THE 2018 UK FILM REVIEW AWARDS

The 2018 UK Film Review Awards - the Winners

Best Animated Film - Brexicuted
Best Short Film - Cotton Wool Film
Best Indie Film - Pledge
Best LGBTQ Film - Iridescence
Best Documentary - Dominion: Documentary
Best World Cinema - ROMACuaron
Best Superhero Movie - Avengers: Infinity War
Best Film - A Star is Born
Best Director - Stella Velon (The Critic)
Best Performance - Friederike Hammer (Sternenkind)

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"VELON'S PERFORMANCE IS EXCELLENT AND POIGNANT" - FILM THREAT

“She grabs you from the start, establishes an emotional connection with the audience, and then straps you in on an emotional roller coaster ride.” - ★★★★ Film Threat

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ARTICLE: FILM LOCAL - STELLA VELON TALKS ABOUT THE MAKING OF 'THE CRITIC'

“The idea for this film is something that has been at the back of my mind for quite some time I guess, but it wasn’t until last summer that I came up with a clear concept of what I wanted it to be… I have been working on a bigger project, and I needed some time away from it… and so I decided that I wanted to shoot something of my own.”

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STELLA VELON’S ‘THE CRITIC’ BECOMES “THE FIRST SHORT TO RECEIVE 5 STARS ON INDIESHORTSMAG.COM”

“The Critic’ remains Stella Velon’s show. From her writing & direction to acting, she has done it with such finesse, that it’s a pity that we can’t rate her any higher. At a time of #Metoo & #Timesup, ‘The Critic’ remains an honest dissection of what it takes to be a star…“ - ★★★★★ Indie Shorts Mag

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"ONE OF THE BEST LEADING PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR" - UK FILM REVIEW

“Gloriously fierce and packed with substantial emotional heft, The Critic is a short film that benefits from a powerhouse performance. Velon is incredible in this role she wrote and is able to direct herself through a wonderful selection of intense and compelling scenes with skill....” - ★★★★★ UK Film Review

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'THE CRITIC' WRAPS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY | BEHIND THE SCENES

Behind the scenes of ‘The Critic’.

Written/directed/starring Stella Velon opposite Alan Smyth.

Produced by The Punk Floyd Company

Executive producer Jean Gabriel Kauss

Shot on location in West Hollywood, CA

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