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Pierre Stefanos

Director, Editor, Producer, Script Consultant, Writer
City:New York
State:NY
Country:US
 
About Me
Mr. Stefanos, a graduate of Columbia University and a native New Yorker, has established himself as a writer, director, editor, and producer during a ten-year span in the film and television business. He has been a writer for more than half of his life, first as a music critic and opinions columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator and the vaunted independent music review site, InkblotMagazine.com.

After several years working with Fortune 100 clients for companies like AT&T and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Stefanos re-focused his attention on the creative arts. He learned the in-and-outs of film production, going on to become an assistant director and production manager for many award-winning NY-based independent films. He also became a well-respected script reader/analyst for the award-winning independent film production company, Open City Films/Blow Up Pictures.

Mr. Stefanos’ most significant contributions have been in post-production: earning a 2006 Business Emmy nomination as a team member for the segment ''Crude Awakening'' featured on the PBS investigative news series, “Now;” working with the Simon & Goodman Co. and Moxie Firecracker Prods. on two Academy-Award nominated documentaries ("Rehearsing A Dream," "Killing In The Name") in 2007 & 2011, and editing for the 2008 Emmy-winning episode of Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” for Outstanding Reality Non-Competition Series. In 2009, Mr. Stefanos won 1st Place in 6th Annual NYC Midnight Screenwriter''s Challenge, for his short script, 'Chapter 5.'

In September 2009, Mr. Stefanos produced and directed his first professionally shot film, a 15-minute HD short entitled "Bedfellows." The film world premiered in April 2010 at the Sarasota Film Festival and was concurrently nominated for The Pink Peach Jury Award for short films at the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival 365.

"Bedfellows" has been an Official Selection at over 130 film festivals, in 40 countries on 6 continents, earning over 30 international jury and audience prizes. "Bedfellows" earned over a dozen "Best Short" jury and audience prizes in 2011 in the U.S., Brazil, Chile, Ireland, Monaco, and Spain after winning five Audience Awards in 2010 from such festivals as the Philadelphia QFest, Anaheim Int’l, Indianapolis LGBT, and the Oscar-qualifying Seattle Int’l Film Fest, besting shorts selected to the Sundance, Berlin, Telluride, SXSW, Tribeca, Frameline, NewFest, and OutFest film fests.

Awards include:

* The 2011 QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Awards' “Outstanding Short Film Award”

* 2011 JURY PRIZE WINNER for "Best Short Film," Palm Beach Int'l Film Fest

* 2011 JURY PRIZE WINNER for "Best Short Film," Monaco Charity Film Fest

* 2011 JURY PRIZE WINNER for "Best Foreign Short Film," Rio Festival Gay de Cinema

* 2011 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER for "Best Short Film," MovilH: Int'l LGBT Film Fest of Chile (Santiago)

* 2011 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER for "Best Foreign Short Film," AndaLesGai: Int'l LGBT Film Fest of Andalusia (Seville, Spain)

* 2011 GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER, Dare Media UnderGround Short Film Fest (Cork, Ireland)

* 2010 1ST PRIZE, ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD WINNER, Rhode Island Int'l Film Fest

* 3 prizes for Original Score by Ron Passaro

* 2 prizes for Cinematography by Clayton Combe

Among other honors, "Bedfellows" was the only U.S. production selected to play in-competition with 40 international narrative shorts at the 2010 Tirana International Film Festival in Albania, the sole U.S. gay short selected to the 2011 BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Fest, 1 of only 2 U.S. shorts selected to the 2011 Show Me Shorts Film Fest 18-stop tour of New Zealand, 1 of only 7 short films selected to play at the 2010 Out In Africa: South African Int'l LGBT Film Fest, 1 of only 4 U.S. shorts selected to the 2011 Margaret River Shorts Film Fest in Australia, and was short-listed amongst only 30 films for the 2010 Iris Prize, the most lucrative award for all LGBT short films in the world worth 25,000 GBP. As a result of winning the jury prize at the 2011 Palm Beach Int'l, "Bedfellows" was selected out of the total pool of jury winners at all international film fests to play at the 10th Annual Best of Short Films Festival in La Ciotat, France, home to world's first film by the Lumiere brothers.

"Bedfellows" is distributed by The Film Collaborative in Los Angeles on the First Run Features compilation DVD, “Fest Selects: Best Gay Shorts, Vol. 1” in the U.S. & Canada, is available for digital download worldwide on iTunes via the TFC 'FestSelects' app, and available for DVD rental in North America on NetFlix, and as an individual streaming film in the YouTube Screening Room.

http://firstrunfeatures.com/bestgayshortsdvd.html
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/festselects-best-gay-shorts/id446916683?ls=1&mt=8
http://www2.netflix.com/Movie/Fest-Selects-Best-Gay-Shorts-Vol.-1/70177345
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxYTiOk3Yjs

"Bedfellows" is distributed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland via Editions Salzgeber in Berlin for theatrical release (Feb. 2012) and on DVD as the sole U.S short among 6 award-winning films, and in France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Monaco on DVD via Editions BQHL in Paris, as well as making its World Broadcast Premiere on Pink TV in France in 2012.
 
 
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Bedfellows

Comedy, Romance

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when the lovers in question both possess a penis.