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WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES Awards and Recognition

WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES won several awards and was the official selection of over 30 film festivals.

Leslie was honored to have the Litchfield Hills Film Festival (formerly Kent Film Festival) name an award after her and her film. Filmmakers at the Litchfield Hills Film, Connecticut, who are reconized for OUTSTANDING WORK IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING, will now be granted "THE HOPE AWARD"-named for Leslie Hope, the director of WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES, Kent Film Festival Winner, Best Short Documentary 2008.

WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES was invited to screen as part of the 10th anniversary of “V-Day” (an event which celebrates women and children, and sponsors an end to violence against both), alongside event supporters like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Salma Hayek.

In October of 2012, the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore will open The Art of Story Telling. The museum's 18th, yearlong, thematic exhibition explores the impact of story via visual narratives. WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES will screen as part of this year-long exhibition, and additionally 20 of the life-sized self-portraits created by the Cambodian children in conjunction with the making of the film, will be shown as part of this fantastic exhibit.

WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES has been sold to Moviola, The Short Film Channel.

WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES has been recognized in the Documentary and Short Documentary categories at the following Film Festivals.

Winner, Best Short Documentary, Kent Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary, Humboldt Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary, HD Fest
Honorable Mention, Best Documentary, The Accolade Competition
Honorable Mention, Best Documentary, Bayou City Inspirational Film Fest
Honorable Mention, Chris Award, Film Council of Greater Columbus
Nominee, Best Short Documentary, Digital Video and Hi-Def Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary, Danville Int’l Children’s Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary, Int’l Film Festival South Africa
Nominee, 2008 Best Award, KIDSFIRST!
Nominee, Best Short Documentary, Baltimore Womens Film Festival

Listen to the Interview courtesy of citizenreporter.org

WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES follows the street living kids of Phnom Penh, Cambodia as they tell their stories through interview and self-portrait. The film won several awards and was the official selection of over 30 Film festivals. WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES has since been sold to Moviola, the Short Film Channel.

What I See When I Close My Eyes was selected to participate in the following Film Festival Events.

Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, Illinois (Feb 08)
Show Off Your Shorts Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA (Feb 08)
San Francisco Bay Area Int'l Children's Film Festival (Feb 08)
Digital Video and Hi-Def Festival, Hollywood, CA (March 08) *
Kent Film Festival, Kent, Connecticut, (March 08) *
Humboldt Film Festival, Humboldt, CA, (March 08) *
Lake Forest Film Festival, Lake Forest, Illinois, (April 08)
Ybor Festival of the Moving Image, Ybor City, FL (April 08)
The Accolade Competition, La Jolla, CA (April 08) *
West Chester Film Festival, West Chester, PA (April 08)
Brandywine Digital Film Festival, Greenfield, IN (April 08)
Rainier Film Festival, Rainier, WA, (May 08)
Danville Int’l Children’s Festival, Danville, CA (May 08) *
Trenton Film Festival, Trenton, NJ (May 08)
Brooklyn Arts Council Int’l Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY (May 08)
Connecticut Film Festival, Danbury, CT (May 08)
ReelHeART Int'l Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, (June 08)
Expresion en Corto Int’l Film Fest, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (July 22)
Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, Houston, TX (August 7-9)
Land Locked Film Festival, Iowa City, IA (Aug 08)
River’s Edge International Film Festival, Paducah, KY (August 14-17)
San Diego Int’l Children’s Film Festival, San Diego, CA (August 23rd)
Woods Hole Film Festival, Cape Cod, MA (July 26-August 2)
Rome Int’l Film Festival, Rome, GA (Sept 4-7)
Thin Line Film Festival, Denton, TX (Sep 08)
COMMFFEST, Toronto, Canada (Sep 08)
The Other Venice Film Festival, Venice CA (Sep 08)
Eugene International Film Festival, Eugene, OR (Oct 08)
Int'l Film Festival South Africa, South Africa, (Oct 08) *
Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, Baltimore, MD (Oct 08)
Int'l Film Festival South Africa, South Africa (Oct 08)
14e Festival Cinémas et Cultures d'Asie, Lyons, France (Nov 08)
Cambofest, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Nov 08)
Victoria independent Film Festival, Victoria, Australia (Nov 08)
HD Fest, Los Angeles, CA (Dec 08)*
Female Eye Film Fest, Toronto, Canada (March 09)
KIDSFIRST! Film Festival (Touring)


*Winner, Best Short Documentary,
Kent Film Festival
*Winner, Best Documentary,
Humboldt Film Festival
* Winner, Best Documentary,
HD Fest
*Honorable Mention, Best Documentary,
The Accolade Competition
*Honorable Mention, Best Documentary,
Bayou City Inspirational Film Fest
*Honorable Mention, Chris Award,
Film Council of Greater Columbus
*Nominee, Best Short Documentary,
Digital Video and Hi-Def Festival
*Nominee, Best Documentary,
Danville Int’l Children’s Festival
*Nominee, Best Documentary,
Int’l Film Festival South Africa
*Nominee, 2008 Best Award,
KIDSFIRST!
*Nominee, Best Short Documentary,
Baltimore Womens Film Festival

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