Great Stories. Beautifully Told.

 

OUR MISSION

Leilani Films lives in the intersection of art and entertainment.

As intensely collaborative creative producers, we team with directors with strong cinematic voices to translate great stories to the screen in the most beautiful way. 

 
 
 

 

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2019

I Came Here Alone

Dir. connor gaston | 

A mysterious, life-sized teddy bear is delivered to lonely Margaret. When the stuffed animal reveals a secret, she must decide whether or not she's truly ready to let anyone else into her life.

FESTIVALS

Official Selection - Palm Springs International Shortfest 2019

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
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2019

The Last Message

Dir. Shervin Kermani | WATCH FILM HERE

At the end of the relationship, she left a final message.

PRESS

Film Shortage Daily Short Pick - March 9 2019
MadeGood.TV - March 16 2019
Directors Notes - March 29 2019

 
 
 

 

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2018

Eros

Dir. Shervin Kermani | Watch Film Here

Eros explores various moments between lovers that have occurred in one spot over a thousand years. 

Festivals

Official Selection - Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - Future of Film Showcase 2018
Official Selection - Yorkton Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - Ellensburg Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - Orlando Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - Ridgefield Independent Film Festival 2018

Awards

Winner - Best Cinematography - Future of Film Showcase
Nominee - Best Emerging Filmmaker - Yorkton Film Festival
Nominee - Multicultural Award - Yorkton Film Festival
Nominee - Best Short Film (Fiction) - Yorkton Film Festival
Nominee - Best Director - Yorkton Film Festival

PRESS

Mâché Digital - January 23 2019
We Are Moving Stories - January 19 2019
Directors Notes - January 8 2019
Film Shortage - Daily Short Pick - December 18 2018

 
 
 
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2016

Mariner

Dir. Thyrone Tommy | WATCH FILM HERE - VIMEO STAFF PICK

A young marine navigation cadet suffers intense anxiety during his final exams, when an incident from his past returns to both haunt and help him. 

Mariner follows Nate as he goes through his final exams before heading out to sea. He has found a remarkable crewing position, but his ongoing anxiety causes him to screw up during a simulation testing. Despite his other successes, this fails him. He decides to go about the rest of the day's exams, when he notices an instructor who was never there before, despite his classmates saying otherwise. Through her he is given a gift similar to one he once received after nearly drowning as a child. A gift that helped him find his strength then, and hopefully can help him now.

FESTIVALS

Canada's Top Ten Shorts 2016
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection - Calgary International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection - Hamilton Film Festival 2016
Official Selection - South Western International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection - Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Sarasota Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Nashville Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Emerging Lens Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Norwegian Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Lower East Side Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Sidewalk Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Caribbean Tales International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - San Francisco Black Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Scenic Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Rome International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Princeton International Film Festival 2017
 

SCREENINGS

Feb 2017 - Not Short on Talent - Telefilm Canada + Phi Centre in Montreal, QC
April + May 2017 - Air Canada Flights "In the Air and Underground" program
May 2017 - Telefilm Not Short on Talent @ Cannes
June 2017 - Short of the Week Online Premiere
VIMEO STAFF PICK

 

PRESS

One Room With a View - June 12 2017
Film Shortage - June 7 2017
Short of the Week - June 2 2017
Dorkshelf - September 12 2016
ByBlacks.com - September 10 2016
Now Magazine - September 9 2016