RATED OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & AWARDS
19x AWARD WINNER
9x AWARDS BEST SHORT FILM
50+ OFFICIAL SELECTIONS WORLDWIDE
RATED WINS TOP HONORS AT THE PRESTIGIOUS – SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL:
JURY AWARD BEST SHORT FILM!!
June 1, 2017
So HONORED!!! RATED is an Official Selection of the very prestigious 22nd annual
STONY BROOK FILM FESTIVAL in New York! Not only were there only 36 films selected from more than 2000 submissions but Stony Brook screens all short films paired with great features in a beautiful theatre filled with more than 1000 passionate film loving people per screening. So excited to go to NY for my first time with my film to screen at this tremendous festival. RATED plays at 9:30PM July 21, 2017 with the feature comedy Let Yourself Go from Italy. Going to be great and all on opening weekend. Thank you SBFF and look forward to seeing you NY!
May 31, 2017
RATED is an official selection of the fiercely independent SOUTHSIDE FILM FESTIVAL in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Absolutely can’t wait to share RATED with all the other great amazing indie films at the wonderfully curated 14th annual SFF!! Pennsylvania here we come. RATED sill play 7:20pm on June 14 & 15 at the Charter Arts Theatre. Come on out and Enjoy!!
May 6, 2017
AMAZING!! SOLD OUT and one of the most energetic, passionate film going audiences we’ve ever had. More than 500 people filled the historic Mystic Theatre to enjoy our block of films this evening and what an honor to play with 7 other amazing short films and have a Q & A with filmmakers from all over the world including: Uruguay, Germany, Italy and all over the US – Thank you Michael Traina, all the volunteers and everyone from Petaluma who showed up to support indie films. You Rock!
May 6, 2017
So honored to be invited by the wonderfully passionate Film Festival Petaluma who brings some of the best short films from around the world to screen at the beautiful Mystic Theatre that was built in 1912 and is one of the oldest theaters in the US. Thank you Michael Traina for the invite and so look forward to sharing RATED with your great audiences!
April 23, 2017
Amazing screening today at the Newport Beach Film Festival with programmer Larry Woolf who brought our film to Newport via Palm Springs Shortfest where he saw RATED. Great audience laughed throughout our screening and then stayed after to talk about the film. Thank you NBFF! So glad I could have our lead actors there, actress Christie Lynn Smith, Abby Ryder Fortson, and Joshua Fortson pictured here with me, John Fortson, and programmer Larry Woolf.
April 18, 2017
The Academy Qualifying Festival BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL has selected RATED to screen at their 20th edition of their amazing festival May 1-7th. What an honor as only 26 short films were selected out of thousands of submissions. Thank you BIFF!!
April 5, 2017
The Newport Beach Film Festival welcomes RATED as an Official Selection. We are honored to screen close to our hometown of LA again at this prestigious festival. And thankful to programmer Larry Woolf for fighting for our film. Looking forward to joining the great audiences of Newport and LA April 23. See you there.
April 2, 2017
RATED is the WINNER of the Audience Award for BEST SHORT FILM Thank you Annapolis Film Festival!! It is even more special to me because it will always represent the amazingly beautiful warm hearted people of Annapolis and the Annapolis film festival. Patti White, Lee, Derek, and all of the many wonderful people who worked and volunteered at AFF, and to Janet and Jenn of Tree Branch Design who sponsored our film and to the amazing audiences- Thank you so much- You all have made today a five star day!
Lots of love, Director John Fortson
January 16, 2017
RATED IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
Boulder! We love Boulder! Super excited to share RATED at BIFF March 2-5, 2017.
Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. BIFF has developed a reputation as one of the most influential young film festivals in the U.S., with an extraordinary number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries, and shorts that have gone on from early screenings at BIFF to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations.
See you soon Boulder! Can’t wait!
April 2, 2017
RATED screens to amazing audiences at the Cleveland International Film Festival. More than 1000 people came to see our Comedy block of shorts and had to be put into 2 theaters. So thankful to Shorts Programming Director Paul Sloop for loving RATED and having us there in Cleveland. Thank you Cleveland for being such a great audience. It was a pleasure.
March 31, 2017
So honored to be on the panel with other great filmmakers discussing the art of making a great short film. To me Story is King and tell a story you believe in. That’s a great place to start. And the best advice – finish your film. Whether you’re super confident in it or not the best thing you can do for yourself as a filmmaker is to finish it. This will help you toward your next project and the lessons learned are invaluable. Cheers!
March 31, 2017
So lucky to be in this band of great amazing filmmakers at the Annapolis Film Festival including Jordan Roberts, Me: John Fortson, Chris Brown, Laura Seay, and Ruth Du. All of who have incredible films they’re sharing with me and the great audiences here in Annapolis. If you get a chance check out their films:
Burn Your Maps: Dir Jordan Roberts
The Other Kids: Dir. Chris Brown
Speak: Dir. Laura Seay
The Archer: Producer Ruth Du
March 22, 2017
Honored again as RATED will be playing the 10th and final edition of
TAOS SHORTZ April 2nd – Thank you Taos for bringing our film. We so look forward to playing with you soon.
March 18, 2017
Extremely honored to have RATED be an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 5TH annual ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL March 31-April 1. Thank you to festival Programmer Derek Horne who brought RATED to the festival and his continued support! Can’t wait to bring our film to the great audiences of this historic town. See you soon!
March 4, 2017
Had an amazing time at the Opening Night of the Boulder International Film Festival and looking forward to RATED screening for the amazing audiences here!
March 3, 2017
We are over the moon that RATED is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 41st edition of the prestigious Academy Award Qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival. Will be great fun to play with some of the most amazing films from around the world!
March 29-April 9, 2017
February 26, 2017
RATED WINS COMEDY SHORT FILM at the SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. We couldn’t be more honored to spend the week here in Sedona with amazing SOLD OUT screenings for our film amongst the beauty of the Red Rocks. I was joined by the stars of the film, Actress Christie Lynn Smith, Abby Ryder Fortson, and Joshua Fortson.
Such great audiences and such great Q&As. To the Sedona Festival and the city of Sedona we couldn’t thank you enough for this honor and the lovely time with you all.
Thank you and see you all again soon!
January 16, 2017
RATED IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
We are honored and couldn’t be happier to be premiering in Arizona at SIFF Feb 18-26, 2017. Sedona is simply one of our favorite cities, being one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Their festival is already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2017 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films.
Thank you Sedona! We look forward to sharing our film with you soon!
RATED WINS: JURY AWARD BEST SHORT FILM at
THE SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL
We were pinching ourselves after enjoying an incredible week of amazing films at the world renowned Savannah Film Festival where RATED won the festival’s top honor: JURY AWARD BEST SHORT FILM.
Everything about SFF was first class with audiences of 800+ people attending our screenings, then staying for our great Q & As. Audiences of Savannah, the people, are pure film lovers and it was such a pleasure to not just screen our film for you but it means that much more to have won amongst other amazing films. Thank you SCAD, SFF & Savannah!
This award for Best Short Film was extra special as I was able to attend the festival with the actors starring in the film, Christie Lynn Smith (Justified, The Crazies), Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man, Togetherness, Transparent) & Joshua Fortson.
Nov 23, 2016
RATED WINS: JURY AWARD BEST US COMEDY SHORT FILM at
ET CULTURA FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
One of the coolest film and music festivals out there and in their first year! I can see many more years to come and heres to becoming the east coasts SXSW. Et Cultura was expertly programmed with amazing shorts and we were proud to be a part of their inaugural festival. Winning was just the icing on the cake. Thank you to all the amazing audiences who came out and to the jury! Cheers!
Nov 23, 2016
RATED WINS: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE BEST PRODUCTION AND ENSEMBLE CAST at
THE 31st FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Very honored for the love from FLIFF! So touched that audiences and jury members so connected to our film to recognize it in this way. Thank you!
Oct 25, 2016
RATED WINS JURY AWARD BEST COMEDY SHORT FILM at
SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
What a great festival! Such passion for short films and what great audiences!
We attended the SAN JOSE INT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL where RATED played to big audiences and where we participated in a great Meet the Filmmakers Q&A just for our film. Such great questions and thoughts about our film. So fun. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported all the films! And a big thank you to festival creators and programmers: Bill Hargreaves and Sinohui Hinojosa
Oct 10, 2016
August 27th, 2016
Aug 13th, 2016
So honored again! Our Jury Award Winning RATED has been chose to screen tonight at HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL with the 10 best films of the festival in a program called PRIMETIME at 7:30pm at the infamous Mann’s TCL Chinese Theatre. Go see RATED! This program will sell out and we will be there for a great Q & A. All the films are amazing in this program, so we truly hope to see you there to share this special night!
Aug 12th, 2016
Today!! 3:30pm 2016 Jury Award Winning RATED plays the Academy Award Qualifying
RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as part of the program Trouble in Paradise. Get tickets and go see this great slate of 5 films including RATED. We are honored to be selected by RIIFF in it’s 20th year as the absolute top film festival on the east coast and an Oscar Qualifier. This is our 5th Oscar Qualifying Festival on our run this year. Go see RATED and Enjoy!
July 26th, 2016
We are over the moon! The good people of the CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL have selected RATED to screen at this years festival Sep 29 – Oct 2nd. Crested Butte is Colorado’s top film festival with excellent programming and we are honored to have touched their hearts there. This festival is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. If you can go, go! Cheers to everyone at Crested Butte!!
July 23rd, 2016
Wow, what a compliment, RATED has been selected by DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL in Washington DC playing Sep 8 – 18. This is the East Coast’s top rated shorts festival and one of the top in the nation! RATED received universally high marks from DC’s programmers including this one I’m honored to share:
“This work is among the top 3 films I’ve screened during this DC Shorts season and one of the best short films I’ve ever seen. It is simply extraordinary. The concept, design, story, acting, filming, editing and special effects are all terrific. Our DC Shorts audiences will truly enjoy this smart, funny and thoughtful work. They’ll give it “5 stars”.
July 20, 2016
We are so honored that DESTINY CITY FILM FESTIVAL in Tocoma Washington has selected RATED as on of only 18 films to screen at this years festival Aug 25-27. Now in it’s 3rd year DCFF, boasts a extremely select, handpicked slate of films. Emily Alm, Program Director, right out of Seattle International and the Tocoma FF, has created an amazing community festival that is proving to be a spotlight for the best films touring on the circuit as well as a vital part of the film going community of Tacoma. Cheers to DCFF, we look forward to seeing you all soon!
July 13th, 2016
Our Jury Award Winning film RATED will have it’s LA Premiere at the amazing HOLLYSHORTS Film Festival Aug 11-20th. Now in it’s 12th year, HollyShorts, has become the stand alone top Shorts film festival in Los Angeles and we are honored to have been chosen. We look forward to sharing RATED with our cast and crew and all our friends at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
June 27th, 2016
As a result of playing PALM SPRING SHORTFEST, RATED was invited by programmers who saw our film to 4 world class film festivals that we cannot announce yet. We are extremely excited and honored to have so connected to programmers that they wanted RATED for their festivals. Congrats to everyone involved with RATED. Our film is reaching people worldwide and on the highest tier of festivals, creating stimulating conversations. Very proud.
June 23rd, 2016
RATED played PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST last night to a SOLD OUT crowd who so loved the film, hanging on every moment and giving RATED a resounding round of applause. We also could not go anywhere without someone running up to us saying I just saw RATED and loved it and or your wife in the film deserves more stars – hilarious and honored. Cheers to the great audience for all the good questions and all your great comments for our film! We love you Palm Springs!
June 16th, 2016
Hello, we are pinching ourselves as we’ve just been selected by another of the finest film festivals in the country if not the world. RATED is now an Official Selection of FLICKERS’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. We couldn’t be more honored! RATED was chosen out of more than 5000 film submissions! Check back for exact dates. The festival runs from August 9-14th in Providence, Rhode Island.
Thank you FLICKERS!!
June 12, 2016
RATED is an Official Selection of the 2016 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST!! One of the best film festivals in the United States. We are so honored to be joining all of the great films from around the world. All together 327 films will be shown in various programs playing at the historic Camelot Theatre in downtown Palm Springs.
RATED screens Thursday June 23rd at 8:30pm as part of the A World Imagined program. A terrific time slot with terrific audiences who love movies! We can’t wait!
Come enjoy the film with Director/Writer,John Fortson and Writer/Lead Actress Christie Lynn Smith!
June 10th, 2016
RATED Wins! a JURY AWARD in the BEST SHORT Categories at the Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii! Mahalo and thank you to everyone for recognizing RATED. What an honor! So moved by the emails I received from audiences there declaring RATED: “The best short. Fun! So interesting. Spoke to me about who we are. Acting is excellent. Gave me so many laughs!” Thank you Big Island!
June 10th, 2016
RATED Wins! the AUDIENCE AWARD for Best Short at the Inaugural Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival. We are so touched at how much RATED connects with audiences and so appreciate this award and all of the people who came out to support all the great films!
April 30, 2016
RATED plays to SOLD OUT screenings at the Montclair Film Festival winning over the crowds with vibrant discussions and comments after the show. So fun and such great support for our film. Thank you Montclair – what a great city and what great audiences!
April 29, 2016
RATED’s director John Fortson attends Opening night of the Montclair Film Festival with a screening of the Sundance film, LIFE, ANIMATED. Excited to share RATED with Montclair’s great audiences tomorrow!
April 20, 2016
RATED is an OFFICIAL SELECTION OF JAPAN’S PRESTIGIOUS: SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Short Shorts is an Academy Award Qualifying festival and we are so happy to be a part of it. SSFF got more than 6000 submission films from 100 different countries and only 40 were chosen to screen in their international competition. We are so honored. Here is our link to Short Shorts.
April 5, 2016
RATED is an OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE 5TH ANNUAL MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL
We are so honored to be chosen to screen at Montclair, such an amazing community of artists and art appreciating audiences. MFF2016 runs from April 29th – May 8th and RATED will be part of the Comedy Shorts block screening Saturday, April 30 at 9:45pm. I’ll be there so come enjoy and ask some good questions at the Q & A.
JURY AWARD BEST SHORT COMEDY
Sonoma International Film Festival 2016
March 24, 2016
Wow, what a treat and an honor that we will be screening at the 19th Annual 2016 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL! This was the secret selection we couldn’t tell you about yet but were dying to share. And in the same year that SFF16 is giving a lifetime achievement award to the beautiful and amazing Sophia Loren. I have been watching her movies for years and always enjoying her powerful subtle performances. Honored!
We have been given two screenings! So you have 2 chances to catch RATED.
Monday, April 4th at 4:15pm
Tuesday, April 5th at 1:45pm
And I, director John Fortson, will be there to see you, answer your questions, take part in a Q & A, and enjoy sharing the film with you all! So come on out and let’s watch some movies together!
Thank you Sarasota! I look forward to seeing you soon! – John
March 23, 2016
We are honored once again with the Official Selection of our film into the 2016 Rincon International Film Festival Held in the city of Rincon, Puerto Rico, April 11-17th, outside in beautiful venues, RIFF is the largest and most celebrated film festival in Puerto Rico. We are excited to bring rated to the audiences of Rincon and Puerto Rico. The story of how we are more and more rating people and their services in this world is one that resonates with everyone and obviously being the focus of our film, rated, can bring these issues to the table for people to talk about. Exciting. If you are in Puerto Rico, we look forward to seeing you there!
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