ABOUT 26 SECONDS 26 Seconds is a three-stage film project that reveals the pandemic of child sex trafficking. The first stage was the documentary short that has won 15 awards to date. The second stage will be a feature documentary including all 9 countries that we filmed, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Iraq, East Africa, Mexico, and right here in our own backyards, the USA. The third stage will follow with a dramatic doc-series highlighting the survivor stories.
These intimate interviews include vivid details in the subjects' own voices how each victim was captured or lured into the sex trade, the horrors of their captivity, and the commitment of each individual and organization to get the survivors out at whatever cost. 26 Seconds sheds light on the nonprofit organizations, churches, and government agencies who are actively working to abolish this horrific practice. These organizations, among others, save victims from the debilitating effects of human trafficking. Thousands of children and women have been saved already, but there are still hundreds of thousands in captivity. The documentary chronicles the efforts of our experts and their teams to rescue victims from this modern-day slavery and explores the major players perpetuating the sex trade, the living conditions of the enslaved, at whose hands children face the most abuse, and the major obstacles our experts face in extricating victims from this bondage. Then, after exploring the interviews and heartbreaking video footage, we watch as survivors are reunited with their families as we share their relief and elation.
Kelly Galindo, award-winning director, writer, and producer of 26 Seconds, has won the prestigious Award for Best Documentary Short Award INDIE Shorts Awards – Cannes; The Award of Merit Best Shorts Competition for Women Filmmakers; The Award of Merit for Liberation-Social Justice-&-Protest; Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers for the Accolade Global Film Competition; Outstanding Excellence of Social Issues for Docs Without Borders Film Festival; Award of Merit for Best Documentary Short for Women Filmmakers for the IndieFEST Film Awards; Best Short Cause-for-Change for AIFA Fest; Best Director for the International Independent Film Awards; Special Mention for Impact Doc Awards; and Special Mention for Global Shorts, One-Reeler Short Film Festival Competition and winner of Excellence for WRPN Women’s International Film Festival. The 26 Seconds documentary short has also been officially selected for That Film Festival – Cannes, Dances with Films Festival, See It-End It Film and Arts Festival and Film-Com Packaging Financing & Distribution Market. Galindo’s vision is to spread awareness and create a call to action by educating audiences and giving a voice to those who have been silenced. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing illegal industry in the world. There are more slaves today than any time in history.
Best Shorts Competition, the Accolade Global Film Competition, The Impact Doc Awards, IndieFEST Film Awards, and Docs Without Borders Film Festival recognize film, television, and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. In winning these film festivals, 26 Seconds joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of these internationally respected awards. Entries are received from around the world, from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent, all of whom demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. Those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change help set the standard as power catalysts for global change.
The 26 Seconds team is currently editing the feature documentary with three-time Emmy award-winner,Mark Wilcken as lead editor. The production will make a strong push for top-tier film festivals and create a robust PR campaign for the Academy Awards. Sid Ganis, the supervising producer for 26 Seconds, was the past president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences; he also served as chairman of the Academy’s International Outreach Committee until 2017. Ganis also worked on the board of directors at Marvel Entertainment until its sale to Disney. Ganis's film career in marketing and publicity includes working at 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Paramount Pictures.
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