Runtime: 17 min.
▹ THE STORY
When Ernie's suicide attempt rips a hole in the ceiling, he begins to form a friendship with the young boy who lives in the apartment above.
ERNIE is a short film written, directed, production designed and edited by Hadley Hillel, who has made more than twenty short films that have screened at 55 film festivals worldwide and won more than 40 jury and audience awards.
Stylistically, all film sets were constructed out of cardboard to emphasize Ernie’s disconnect from the world around him and homogeneity of his surroundings. The film is fully dialog free, with the exception of occasional narration.
- WINNER of DIRECTING FOR DRAMA STUDENT EMMY at the College Television Awards 2017
- AUDIENCE AWARD for Cinematic Journey Screening at NFFTY 2016 (Seattle)
- 1ST PLACE WINNER in Narrative Category of Josiah Media Festival 2016 (Texas)
- INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD at TheNextFilmFestival 2016 (Denmark)
- BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD at TheNextFilmFestival 2016 (Denmark)
- BEST STUDENT FILM at Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2016 (Australia) - 10/7/16
- BEST SUPER SENIOR AWARD at the All American High School Film Festival 2016 (New York) - 10/9/16
- BEST REGIONAL FILM AWARD at the Tacoma Film Festival 2016 (Tacoma) - October 11 & 13
- LEDO AND VITTORIA MATTEOLI AWARD for film with immigration theme at the Humboldt Int'l Film Festival 2017
- BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN at the Watersprite Film Festival 2018 (UK) - 3/4/18
- BEST FICTION FILM at the Watersprite Film Festival 2018 (UK) - 3/4/18
- FILM OF THE YEAR at the Watersprite Film Festival 2018 (UK) - 3/4/18
- BEST SHORT I (3-20 min length) at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2018 - 4/28/18
▹ OFFICIAL SELECTION
- National Film Festival for Talented Youth 2016 (World Premiere) - April 28-May 1
- Palm Springs International ShortFest 2016 (Oscar Qualifying) - June 23
- Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2016 (Australia) - 10/7/16
- Tacoma Film Festival 2016 - October 11 & 13
- Johns Hopkins Film Festival 2017 - March 11 & 12
- Newport Beach Film Festival 2017 - April 20
- WorldFest-Houston 2017 - April 21
- Humboldt International Film Fest 2017 - April 21
- Bermuda International Film Festival 2017 (Oscar Qualifying) - May 1-7
- Notre Dame University International Film Festival 2017 (Lebanon) - 11/5/17
- Rough Cut Film Festival 2018 (Philadelphia)
- Salute Your Shorts Film Fest 2018 (Los Angeles) - August 17-19
- Stark County International Short Film Series 2019 (Ohio, USA)