Blessed and Highly Favored

Bendecidas y Afortunadas (Blessed and Highly Favored) is a half-hour queer comedy show about MILLIE -a fearless Venezuelan filmmaker determined to succeed in Hollywood despite a tiny handicap regarding her legal status- and HOPE -a formerly big shot Mexican writer with anxiety disorder- are two spoiled and confident immigrants with everything to succeed: impressive resumes, impeccable backgrounds and a dangerous combination of innocence and confidence. But when their destiny -and visas- are put on hold by Immigration Services, they decide to leave everything behind and take a cash-paid job on a Marijuana farm in Northern California.

  • Marianne Amelinckx
    Salta, It gets better, Mustache Mondays Documentary
  • Julieta Messmer
    Llenas de Gracia
  • Julieta Messmer
    Nena, say Hi to Diego
  • Marianne Amelinkx
    Salta (Dive)
  • Julieta Messmer
    Mustache Mondays Documentary,
  • Emma Ramos
    Key Cast
    New Amsterdam, Marisol, Barbie
  • Lorena Russi
    Key Cast
  • Chris Moss
    Key Cast
  • Nicole Gellman
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Bendecidas y Afortunadas
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Austin Film Festival 2021
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    Second Round - Digital Series
  • Yes, And.. Laughter Lab 2021
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    Winner of the 2021 edition.
  • NALIP - Women of Color TV Pilot Incubator 2020
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    Winner of the Incubator.
Director Biography - Marianne Amelinckx, Julieta Messmer

MARIANNE AMELINCKX: Queer Venezuelan Filmmaker who ran away from communism and landed in Trump’s populism. Writer/director of Salta (Tribeca Film Festival 2017) and Vuela (Through Her Lens Finalist 2017). Her soul is split in two: she loves the nostalgia found in Indie dramas and the healing power of TV Comedy.
JULIETA MESSMER: Screenwriter, Costume Designer and a Creative Activist for women empowerment, immigrant rights and LGBTQ visibility in arts & entertainment. She once had Gwen Stefani scream "My shoe! My shoe!" while she was on the floor holding said object.

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