26 Seconds is a three-stage project that reveals the pandemic of child sex trafficking. The first stage was the documentary short that has won multiple awards. The second stage is the feature doc- ISIS Sex Slaves. The third stage will follow with a dramatic doc-series highlighting the survivor stories from the 9 countries we filmed: Thailand, Cambodia, India, Iraq, East Africa, Mexico, and right here in our own backyards, the USA. These intimate interviews include vivid details in the survivors' 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 rescue the victims 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 rescued by these organizations, but there are still millions more in captivity.
26 Seconds chronicles the efforts of our experts and their teams to rescue victims from 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 rescued, restored by non-profit organizations, and in some cases, reunited with their families. The Director/Producers vision is to create awareness and 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.
Kelly Galindo, award-winning director, writer, and producer has won the following prestigious awards for the 26 Seconds Documentary Short:
Hollywood Shorts Fest, 2022 (Best Documentary Short)
New York Indie Shorts Awards, 2021 (Winner Best Female Director)
Indie Shorts Awards Cannes, 2021 (Winner - Best Documentary Short)
Venezia Shorts Italy, 2021 (Winner - Best Documentary Short)
So You Think You Can Direct/Act Competition, 2021 (Outstanding Excellence Award)
Accolade Global Film Competition, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short, Liberation - Social Justice - & Protest; Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers)
Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short - Outstanding Excellence for Social Issues)
Impact Docs Awards, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short, Award of Merit, and Special Mention)
WRPN Women's International Film Festival, 2020 (Winner of Excellence)
International Independent Film Awards, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short/Gold Award; Best Director)
IndieFEST Film Awards, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short for Women Filmmakers and Award of Merit)
Global Shorts, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short and Special Mention)
Best Shorts Competition, 2019 (Winner - Best Documentary Short and Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers)
One-Reeler, 2019 (Winner - Short Film Competition and Special Mention)
AIFA Fest, 2019 (Winner - Documentary Short and Cause-for-Change)
The 26 Seconds Documentary Short has also been Officially selected for the following Film Festivals:
That Film Festival – Cannes, 2020
Dances with Films Festival, Los Angeles, 2020
Dumbo Film Festival, 2020
See It-End It Film and Arts Festival, 2020
Film-Com Packaging Financing & Distribution Market, 2020
Mumbai Entertainment International Short Film Festival, 2021
Flickfair On Demand Film Festival, 2021
Arthouse Film Festival of Beverley Hills, 2022
The Flick Fest Film Festival, 2022
MAGMA Film Awards Hawaii, 2022
Lonely Wolf 23LWIFF, 2023
These awards 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.