Born in Portland, Oregon, CJ Barnes has had a fascination with cinema and spent much of his youth writing and developing original screenplay ideas.
While he continued to write frequently, he didn't get his first taste of production until he was in Macau, working with various film and TV crews, both as actor and cast manager.
He has spent the past 12 years away from his home country, living abroad in Macau, France, on board a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, and in Australia, where he now makes his home. During that time, he wrote often, produced an animated show, did videography for a number of artists and performers, and worked with a number of music, film, and stage performers.
After prompting from friends and family, CJ finally took his first plunge into filmmaking: writing, directing, and producing his first film, "Hunger - A Short Film". To date, the film has received 13 Official Selections, 10 Awards Nominations, and has won 4 Awards.
CJ is now in pre-production to film his award-winning short screenplay, "Love Thy Neighbour", with a scheduled shoot in April 2019.
Finalist Best Short Screenplay
Love Thy Neighbour
Big Apple Film Festival Horrorfest
New York, New York
2018
Official Selection
Hunger - A Short Film
Monster Fest Traveling Sideshow
Brisbane
2018
Best Short Screenplay - Bronze
Love Thy Neighbour
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Palm Springs, CA
2018
Official Selection
Love Thy Neighbour
Boobs and Blood International Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2018
Best Short Screenplay
Love Thy Neighbour
Gorst Underground Film Festival
Gorst, WA
2018
Winner: Best First Time Filmmaker, Nominee: Best Cinematography, Best Horror/Sci-Fi Special FX
Hunger - A Short Film
WNY: Film, Art, and Music Event
Batavia, Gennessee County, New York
2018
Best Short Screenplay
Love Thy Neighbour
LA Live Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2018
Winner, Best Short Screenplay - Platinum
Love Thy Neighbour
Royal Wolf Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2018
Official Selection
Hunger - A Short Film
Horror-Rama Toronto 2018
Toronto
2018
Honorable Mention
Hunger - A Short Film
Things 2 Fear Film Festival
Bunker Hill, WV
2018
Official Selection
Hunger - A Short Film
The Artist's Forum Festival of the Moving Image
New York City, NY
2018
Official Selection
Hunger - A Short Film
Gorst Underground Film Festival
Gorst, WA
2018
Best Zombie Short
Hunger - A Short Film
Boobs & Blood International Film Festival 2018
North Hollywood, CA
2018
Official Selection
Hunger - A Short Film
Open World Toronto Film Festival
Toronto
2018
Best Short Screenplay - Platinum
Love Thy Neighbour
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Winner: Best Horror Short - Gold, Best First Time Filmmaker
Hunger - A Short Film
Royal Wolf Awards Film Festival - July
Semi-Finalist: Best Short Film
Hunger - A Short Film
Aphrodite Film Awards - July
Best Short Screenplay - Semi Finalist
Love Thy Neighbour
Australian Independent Film Festival
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Honorable Mention
Hunger - A Short Film
Hollywood Horrorfest
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