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"The Best Gift" - Holiday / Drama

TOTAL RUNTIME's first film, THE BEST GIFT was made for the 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT.  It was the only film to land 3 acting nominations and placed 3RD out of 159 films in Los Angeles, the competition's most cutthroat city.

Created in just 48 hours, from no idea to finished product, it was then selected by festivals around the globe, winning awards over non-48-hour competition.


2019 48 Hour Film Project - Los Angeles (3rd out of 159 films)

Top 10 Group Audience Award WINNER

Best Film 2nd Runner Up WINNER

Best Actress WINNER

Best Supporting Actor Runner Up WINNER

Best Supporting Actress Nomination

Best Writing Nomination

Best Directing Nomination

[only film with 3 acting nominations]

[Regal L.A. LIVE + TCL Chinese Theatre screenings]

Monadnock International Film Festival (2020)

Catalina International Film Festival (2020)

Love Wins Film Festival (2021 Semi-Finalist): NEW YORK

[distribution offer from Love Wins Streaming Channel]

New York International Film Awards (2020)

Best Indie Short WINNER

Best Actress Honorable Mention WINNER

Best Inspirational Film Nomination

Los Angeles Film Awards (2020 Semi-Finalist)

Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (2020 Finalist)

PBS Guam/GIFF Select Showcase (2021)

Chinese American Film Festival (2020): LOS ANGELES

Love International Film Festival (2020 Finalist): LOS ANGELES

Best US Short Nomination

San Pedro International Film Festival (2020)

Asian Film Festival, Los Angeles Hollywood (2020)

London International Short Film Festival (2020)

Audience Award WINNER

Best Holiday Short WINNER

[one of only 5 films to win multiple festival awards]

Yule Film Fest (2020)

Best Live-Action Short WINNER

Bite-Size Okotoks Christmas Film Festival (2020): CANADA

Asians On Film Festival of Shorts (2021): LOS ANGELES

Best Actor Nomination

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (2021)

Voices Rising Film Festival (2021): NEW YORK

Holidays 365 International Film Festival (2021): LOS ANGELES

Audience Award WINNER

Special Jury Recognition: Best Narrative Short Finalist

The Micheaux Film Festival (2021): LOS ANGELES

[1st festival back in theaters since CA shutdown]

[one of only 55 of 181 official selections chosen to screen]

[one of only 29 chosen for OPENING DAY at TCL Chinese Theatre]

Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival (2021)

International Panoramic Film Festival of India (2021)

Best Actress in a Leading Role WINNER

Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase (2021)

Nominee for High Honors Recognition [top 5% of submissions]

"Best in Show" Commendation

[1 of only 3 films from 2021 selected for 2022 special screening]

Bristol International Film Festival (2021)

Huntington Beach VIP Screening Night (2023)

[aired on HBTV Channel throughout AAPI Heritage Month]


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