Global Independent Film Awards Nomination

Christel Payseng
4 min readNov 18, 2021


After the successful live screening of the short advocacy film “ Tombstone Pillow” at the LA Live Regal Cinema in California on Oct. 26, 2021. The film cast and crew received another good news.

Tombstone Pillow starring Lourdes Duque Baron and Kendra De Mesa

The film which was shot in the Manila North Cemetery in the Philippines for 3 grueling days is nominated once again at the Global Independent Film Awards. This will be its 36th nomination, as it continues to be in the running for the world’s most-nominated and awarded short film in the world.

The Global Independent Film Awards is an online awards competition dedicated to recognizing screenwriters, filmmakers, cast, and crew for high-quality work.

The Global Independent Film Awards focuses on independent cinema and highlights films that feature diversity, faith-based, family, humanitarian, and social awareness films.


Tombstone Pillow is a 12-minute film that tells the story of a 9-year-old girl who gives the Philippines wealthiest widow a tour of a graveyard where thousands of poor people call home, where she discovers what real riches are.

Starring actress-singer, film producer, and author Lourdes Duque Baron. Together with Kendra De Mesa, Blake Salcedo, Ian Taylor Ignacio, Cedric Escobar and Akram Yesmine.

Executive Producer: Lourdes Duque Baron

Directed by: Daniel Lir & Bayou Bennett ( Dream Team Directors)

Story Collaboration: Daniel Lir, Bayou Bennett, Fraser Scott

Script: Fraser Scott

Film Editing: Bella Jones

Hagay Mizrahi, Lourdes Duque Baron

The musical score of Tombstone Pillow was crafted by American Israeli musician, record producer, and songwriter Hagay Mizrahi who also worked with Post Malone, Common Kings, Mario Barret, Christina Aguilera, Taboo, Lil Twist, Lourdes Duque Baron, and Christina Millian for a series of hit songs.


36 International Film Festival Nominations and 22 Award Titles:

.LA Shorts International Film Festival (Nominee) (Los Angeles)

· Around Films International Film Festival (Award Winner) (Amsterdam)

· New York City International Film Festival (Best Actress Nomination)

· Global Short Film Awards Cannes (Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography (Winner) (Cannes)

· Global Impact Film Festival in DC (Nominee)

· Exit 6 Film Festival (Nominee) (England)

· New York Movie Awards (Award-winner)

· Hollywood Gold Awards (Award-winner) (USA)

· Venice Film Awards (Award winner) (Italy)

· New York City Independent Film Festival (Award winner)

· Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival (Nominee)

· Top Indie Film Awards (Japan Screening) (Award Winner)

· Prague International Monthly Film Festival (Winner) (Czech Republic)

· All Asian Independent Film Festival (Nominee) (Manila, Philippines)

· US Hollywood Int’l Golden Film Award (Award Winner)

· Film for Peace (Award Winner) (Toronto, Canada)

· Concepcion Independent Film Awards (Award Winner) (Chile)

· ICP Entertainment Film Festival (Nominee) (USA)

· Asian Cinematography Awards (Nominee) (Manila, Philippines)

· New York Cinematography Awards (Best Cinematographer)

· Golden Wheat Awards (Official Selection) (Turkey)

· Social Short Antwerp Film festival (Nominee) (Belgium)

· Golden Jury Film Academy (Nominee) (Mumbai, India)

· Indian International Short Film Festival: Cinemascope (Calcutta, India)

· Queen Palm International Film Festival (Silver Awardee) ( Palm Springs, California)

· Accolade Film Global Competition (Nominee) (California)

· Florence Film Awards (Official Selection) ( Best Inspirational Film Award)

· Paris Film Festival (Best Inspirational Film Award)

· WSXA International 2021 Barcelona, Spain (Nominee for Best Inspirational Film)

· ARFF Film Festival (Semi-Finalist) (Berlin)

· Cebu International Film Festival (Nominee)(Philippines)

· Dumbo Film Festival (Nominee) (New York)

· Sweden Film Festival Official Finalist

. Milan Film Awards

  • Global Independent Film Awards (2021)
  • Kosice International Film Festival ( Top 60)

Watch the full film here:



Christel Payseng

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