Virginia Beach, VA, January 04, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Angelo Reyes, of Reyes Productions, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Competition. The award was given for Angelo Reyes's exciting short film, Groomed, which tells the story of Maria, a young girl who falls deeply in love and even more deeply into the dark world of human trafficking. Based on the life of sex trafficking survivor turned advocate Tanya Gould, the short film tackles a little-known phenomenon that has become all-too-common. Groomed stars Ana Roshelle Diaz as the Bottom and Queen Sugar’s Danielle Lyn in the pivotal role of Maria.
“With the character of Maria, Angelo brilliantly captures the vulnerability, devastation, and loss endured by the faceless multitudes of young women who are trapped in the world of human trafficking,” says Gould. “My hope is that Groomed helps people connect the dots, gain compassion to the realities of trafficking and pay more attention to what is happening right in their communities.” Maria's story is a familiar one - with a violent and heartbreaking twist. Frustrated with her mother's seemingly overbearing concern, teenage Maria runs to the arms of an older man who pays her attention and promises her love, if she will do just one thing. Maria realizes too late that what she thought was love was a ploy for control until a chance encounter changes everything.
The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography 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. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at www.accoladecompetition.org.
In winning an Accolade, Angelo Reyes joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twentysomething.
Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”
About Angelo Reyes:
Angelo’s career in the entertainment industry began with a stint as producer and host of the Street Vision Garage. Angelo has also appeared in various television commercials and is currently studying in New York. Follow Angelo on Twitter, Instagram,
For more information please visit the film’s official website at www.groomedshortfilm.comand on social media Instagram.