Bestie

Sometimes all you need is The One.

  • Leila Ben-Abdallah
    Director
  • Amanda Prasow
    Writer
  • Amanda Prasow
    Producer
  • Amanda Prasow
    Key Cast
  • Maria Villasenor
    Cinematographer
  • Cathy Small
    Costume Designer
  • Stephanie Gomez
    Makeup by
  • Emily Ovaert
    Script Supervisor
  • Amanda Rae Rosado
    Editor
  • Patrice Bowman
    Colorist
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The Great Northern Creative Expo
    Preston
    United Kingdom
    November 18, 2019
    WINNER - Audience Choice Award; NOMINEE - Best Fiction: Comedy
  • Clifton Film Celebration
    Clifton, VA
    United States
    November 9, 2019
    WINNER - Best Acting in a Leading Role; WINNER - Best Short Film Over 10 Minutes // NOMINEE - Best Screenplay; NOMINEE - Best Hair/Makeup Costumes
  • Reel East Texas Film Festival
    Kilgore, Texas
    United States
    November 14, 2019
    NOMINEE - Best Actress
  • Alwar International Film Festival
    Alwar
    India
    January 4, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Kino London
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 21, 2019
  • The Hague Global Cinema Festival

    Netherlands
    November 15, 2019
    Official Selection
  • CoSM Women's Visionary Film Festival
    Wappingers Falls, NY
    United States
    June 2, 2019
    Official Selection
  • American Asian Latino Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    May 21, 2019
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
    Wilmington, NC
    United States
    March 2, 2019
    Southeast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Bengals International Film Festival

    India
    February 23, 2019
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Z Shorts Film Festival
    Santa Barbara, CA
    United States
    February 24, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Diamond Film Awards

    Italy
    WINNER - Best Editing (Dec 2018)
Director Biography - Leila Ben-Abdallah

Leila is a Tunisian-American comedian, actor, improviser, and writer from the Washington D.C. area. After graduating from the William Esper Studio Two-Year professional training program, Leila has performed extensively on stage and screen at The People's Improv Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Flea Theater, NY Arab-American Comedy Festival (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), College Humor, TruTV, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Current Harbor. Leila has created and performed four solo shows, This One Goes Out to All the Angry Bitches, Leticia's Fifth Birthday Party, Good Morning, Zitounia!, and How Did I Get in Here? The Beverly Blondell Story, the latter premiered at the SOLOCOM Festival of comedic solo works, and went on to enjoy a critically acclaimed run at the 2014 NY International Fringe Festival. As a writer, Leila has had work published on Reductress.com, and is a staff writer for web show The Box Show, a women's talk show with a feminist edge (www.youtube.com/TheBoxShow). After spending years working in the restaurant industry, Leila created and produced Eighty-Sixed, a comedic pilot about the creative types who make the NYC restaurant industry run.

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Director Statement

BESTIE is a light-hearted exploration of adult female friendship, the roles we play as women, and how we confront aspects of ourselves we find in others.

**Making this film:**

This short film was made by a diverse group of women during a blistering winter weekend. The apartment was so hot we thought we’d melt.

Bringing together an ethnically-, age-, and queer-diverse, all-female crew of emerging filmmakers had been a personal vision for me for a long time as an artist, a feminist, and citizen of the world.

Curating this environment of female leadership supported by 'female craftsmanship', felt not only natural but imperative for BESTIE. That imperative made it harder to find the right people to come on board my teeny, self-financed, more-or-less-let’s-face-it vanity short. Even after years of active membership in New York Women in Film & Television and other women-in-film organizations around the world, I didn’t have a community of female filmmakers at my fingertips to just call up to crew up. It seemed like for every position, everything we needed to get started, everything that went wrong in post, I or someone else “knew a guy” who would be just right for this or that. The fact that is was so hard to crew up in this way showed why it was so important to do so. Keeping to the vision took longer. It was worth the wait.

**What happens in the film:**

BESTIE follows one woman’s search for her true best friend.

**Where BESTIE came from:**

We live in a time and part of the world where online dating and professional networking is an assumed part of our daily life, and urban women are expected to develop a thick skin and extreme vetting process for finding the right mate and career. Where are these efficient, personalized systems in place to help us find platonic female friendship? Are these tight bonds of friendships, typically formed in adolescence and early adulthood, still available to us later in life?

In a culture of control, commodification, and self-selection, can we weed out the dross on our way to that diamond in the rough?

**What BESTIE is NOT about:** men, women wanting men, women bonding over men, women fighting over men. It is not gritty, bone-deep, or overtly political.

**What BESTIE IS about:** women, friendship, loneliness, searching for connection, searching for validation, dealing with judgement from those we presumed to be allies, dealing with our own judgement of others, the disappointment we feel when someone is not who we hoped they would be.

BESTIE is light, fun, funny. There’s a character in BESTIE that reminds you of the worst parts of someone you love, and the best parts of someone you mostly can’t stand. Maybe she even reminds you of you.

--@AmandaPrasow
Writer, Producer, Performer