LA-based filmmaker Gabby Egito got awards for two films in Houston last April. The Brazilian director walked up the stage twice on April 18 at the award ceremony of Worldfest Houston, in Texas. The film festival is the third oldest of the U.S. and has awarded world cinema icons when they were starting their careers, like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Oliver Stone and others.
Despite having been awarded last year in the same festival, the new recognition was a surprise to the director. She says that her short film “Stuffed”, the one which won more competitions so far, took a Gold Remi in Houston in 2014. “This year, I decided to try at least one Silver Remi for my other two shorts. So I was thrilled when they announced the Platinum Remi for my ‘Synergy’, exceeding all my expectations and I could hardly believe when they called ‘Taken For Granted’ to receive one of the most important prizes of the night, the Special Jury Award,” she recalls. Gabby’s short films were screened among 150 films from 32 countries, selected from more than 4,300 entries.
The Sao Paulo-born director who arrived in L.A five years ago, has amassed so far ten awards and two nominations at international festivals in Hollywood, Vegas, Orlando, Atlantic City, Houston, Atlanta and Hudson (Ohio). Gabby is now working on the script of her first feature film to be shot in LA and spoken English. Get updates of her projects at her page: facebook.com/GabbyEgito