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Brazilian filmmaker wins award at Worldfest Houston

Gabby Egito receiving her award in Houston
by G. Egito

Brazilian filmmaker Gabby Egito just added the seventh award to her career in America. Last Saturday, she received the Gold Remi for her short filmStuffed” at Worldfest Houston, the third oldest film festival in the U.S.. Same recognition was granted to luminaries in the film industry when they were starting their careers, such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, the Coen brothers, Oliver Stone and David Lynch.

"I'm delighted with such welcoming to my work. First, by talented international cast & crew who passionately came on board. And after, by audiences and critics, when attending prestigious festivals in the U.S.. It's a great incentive to keep up," says Sao Paulo-born director.

The short film -- played by American actor Steven Bartlett ("Mad Men") and Brazilian Phil Miler ("Touch", starring Kiefer Sutherland) -- won a fierce competition. It was one of the 150 films selected among nearly 4,500 submissions to the event in Texas. Take a peek at the trailer at

The thriller, shot in the world capital of cinema and spoken in English, is a tribute to American noir genre. Tells the story of a mysterious private eye (Bartlett) hired by an arrogant advertising executive (Miler) to find out if his partner is committing embezzlement at the agency. From there, a series of fiendish twists happen. The film has already won the festivals of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Los Angeles Brazilian and ISFF Hollywood, and has been nominated at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia, and Downbeach, in New Jersey.

Gabby moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to attend film school at the branch of New York Film Academy at Universal Studios. The director has another award-winning short in the U.S., "Synergy", and two others running the international festival circuit: “Taken For Granted” and “Life is a Wild River”. Currently, she develops her first feature film script and a TV series project. Like to her page on Facebook ( #) and stay tuned with updates in filmmaking and acting in the U.S..

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