Giovannie Espiritu, filmmaker and acting coach for Hollywood Actors Workshop.com, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Best Shorts Film Competition in three categories: Social Justice, Women Filmmakers, and Script/Writer. The award was given for her satirical film, Ally 3000, which highlights micro-aggressions and bias in the contemporary office setting.
The film already received an Honorable Mention at the LatinX21 Film Festival and a Best Screenplay award at the Culture and Diversity Film festival which praised ALLY 3000 as a “smart, inventive comedy.” It was also shown at the California Women’s Film Fest as an intro to the NAACP award-nominated documentary Pushout.
“Art either maintains or transforms the status quo,” Giovannie says. “With all the turmoil happening in the world, I think that storytelling is even more important than ever because it teaches us empathy and seeing what life is like in someone else’s shoes. We need to tell more stories from communities that have been marginalized, disenfranchised, and frequently excluded from the conversation.”
The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography, and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.
In winning a Best Shorts Award, Giovannie Espiritu joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Disney Interactive for Vinylmation: A Love Story and Oscar-winning production Mr. Hublot from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg. Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent.”
Actress Giovannie Espiritu was nominated alongside Academy Award Nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress at MethodFest for the Mynah Films feature film Fiona’s Script. Primetime credits include ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Gilmore Girls (ABC), Trauma (NBC), and stars in the Amazon series, “Dyke Central.”
As a filmmaker, she was featured in Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaHa Media for her parody, “An Introvert’s World,” and her storytelling has been featured in Ms. Magazine. A three-time Outfest Fusion Filmmaker, she was awarded an Honorable Mention for her film, “Ultra-Feminist.”