Hoyt Richards – Award winning Actor/Writer/Filmmaker and Founder/Executive of Tortoise Entertainment
Originally from the Main Line area outside Philadelphia, Hoyt was a scholar-athlete who graduated from Princeton with a BA in Economics where he also played football. In his early career, Hoyt worked as a fashion model for Ford and Wihelmina Models and is considered by many to be the world’s first male supermodel. Over his fifteen-year career, Hoyt was the face of numerous campaigns for the industry’s top designers and he appeared in over three hundred commercials.
In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began working as an actor and now has over thirty films to his credit. Expanding his skill set to include directing, screenwriting, editing and producing, Hoyt created his own production company, Tortoise Entertainment in 2010. With Tortoise, Hoyt has produced two feature films: Dumbbells, a buddy comedy set in a gym that was theatrically released in 2014. His latest project, Intersection, a psychological, romantic thriller will be theatrically released in 2018. These two films have won nearly two hundred awards combined during their respective film festival runs. Intersection became one of the most acclaimed indie films of 2016, winning well over a hundred awards in total, including 50+ wins for Best Picture. As an actor, Hoyt has won over fifty Best Actor awards. And he also won several awards for screenwriting and Indie Spirit.
Currently, Hoyt is directing/writing/producing a docu-series that chronicles his twenty-year journey into the Eternal Values religious cult and his subsequent escape and recovery. Simultaneously, he is co-writing a book, Seemed Like a Great Idea at the Time, with best-selling author, Kim Wong Keltner, who is also an ex-Eternal Values member. The book catalogs their journey and friendship through the cult years and after. Both projects will be completed in 2018. Hoyt speaks publicly about the dangers and lessons learned from his experience with cultic and abusive environments. He also assists families and individuals who have loved ones caught in cultic situations.
SEMI-FINALIST - Best Screenplay
Away With My Heart
Atlanta Screenplay Awards
Atlanta, GA
2020
Quarter-Finalist
Away With My Heart
Stage 32 Drama Screenwriting Contest
Los Angeles, CA
2020
TOP 20 FINALIST
Away With My Heart
Roadmap: Top Tier Tryouts
Los Angeles, CA
2020
WINNER: Best Screenplay
Away With My Heart
Red Dirt Film Festival
Oklahoma City, OK
2020
WINNER: Best Screenplay
Away With My Heart
Beaufort Int'l Film Festival
Beaufort, SC
2020
Quarter-Finalist
Invisible Prisons
Scriptapolooza Screenplay CompetitionUS
Los Angeles, CA
2019
SEMI-FINALIST - Best Screenplay
Away With My Heart
Ojai Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Ojai, CA
2019
FINALIST - Best Dramatic Screenplay
Away With My Heart
Austin Revolution Film Festival
Austin, TX
2019
FINALIST: Short List
Away With My Heart
Barnstorm Script Competition
Los Angeles, CA
2019
QUARTER-FINALIST
Away With My Heart
Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Los Angeles, CA
2019
WINNER: Best Screenplay
Invisible Prisons
US Hollywood Int'l Golden Film Award
Los Angeles, CA
2019
FINALIST - Best Screenplay
Away With My Heart
Oaxaca FilmFest Global Script Challenge
Oaxaca, Mexico
2019
Finalist - Best Screenplay
Invisible Prisons
New Hope Int'l Film Festival
New Hope, PA
2019
Finalist - Best Screenplay
Invisible Prisons
Beaufort Int'l Film Festival
Beaufort, SC
2019
Quarter-Finalist
Invisible Prisons
Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Los Angeles, CA
2019
WINNER: Best Screenplay
Invisible Prisons
Ft. Worth Indie Film Showcase
Ft. Worth, TX
2019
WINNER: Best Screenplay - Romance
Invisible Prisons
Austin Revolution Film Festival
Austin, TX
2018
Winner: Best Actor (Hoyt Richards)
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Jerome 89A International Film Festival
Jerome
2016
Winner: Best Actor (Hoyt Richards)
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Barcelona International Film Festival
Barcelona
2016
Nom: Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
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Hoboken International Film Festival
Hoboken
2016
Official Selection
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CayFilm International Film Festival
Grand Cayman
2016
Official Selection
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SOHO International Film Festival
New York
2016
Winner: Best Feature Film
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Mexico International Film Festival
Mexico City
2016
Winner (Distinctive Achievement Award): Best Film, Best Actor (Hoyt Richards), Best Actress (Anabella Casanova), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Ensemble Cast; Nom: Best Production Design/Art Direction
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Wild Rose International Film Festival
Des Moines, IA
2016
Winner: Best Actor (Hoyt Richards), Nom: Best Feature; Best Director
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Beaufort International Film Festival
Beaufort, SC
2016
Winner: Best Feature (Silver Award)
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Los Angeles Neo Noir, Novel, Film and Script Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2016
Winner: Best Actor (Hoyt Richards); Nom: Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, Best Actress (Anabella Casanova), Best Cinematography
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Skyline International Film Festival
Park Ridge, VA
2016
Nom: Best Feature/Romance, Best Actor (Hoyt Richards), Best Actress (Anabella Casanova), Best Supporting Actor (Johnny Williams), Best Ensemble Cast
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Bare Bones International Film Festival
Duncan, OK
2016
Winner: Best Narrative Feature (Special Jury Mention)
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Cinema on the Bayou
Lafayette, LA
2016
Winner: Best Feature (Special Jury Prize)
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Honolulu Film Awards
Honolulu, HI
2016
Winner: Indie Spirit Award; Nom: Best Director
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Sydney Indie Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
2015
Nom: Best film; Best Actor (Hoyt Richards)
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California Independent Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
2015
Winner: Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor; Nom: Best Writing, Best Music
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Top Indie Film Awards
Nom: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor
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International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
London
Winner: Best Feature Film, Actor of the Year (Hoyt Richards)
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International Movie Awards
Jahkarta
Winner: Best Feature Film (President's Award)
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North Carolina Film Festival
Winner: Best Feature Film
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Boston Independent Film Festival
Boston, MA
Winner: Best Feature (Honorable Mention)
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The American Film Awards
Nom: Best Film
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Snowdance Film Festival
Landsberg
Nom: Best Narrative Feature
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Trail Dance Film Festival
Duncan, OK
Winner: Best Feature Film
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Canada Independent FiIm Festival
Montreal
Winner: Best Casting
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Atlas Awards
Nom: Best Film
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Back in the Box Competition
Los Angeles, CA
Winner: Best Feature Film
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Prestige Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Nom: Best Feature Film
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Hollywood Independent Cinefestival
Hollywood, CA
Winner: Best Feature Film
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NYC Indie Film Awards
New York, NY
Winner: Best Narrative Feature
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Oregon International Film Festival
Oregon
Winner: Best Picture; Best Actor (Hoyt Richards); Nom: Best Actress (Anabella Casanova); Nom: Best Editing
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US Hollywood International Film Festival
Hollywood, CA
Winner: Best Drama; Nom: Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Actress
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Hollywood Verge Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Winner: Best Dramatic Film (Grand Prize)
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California Film Awards
San Diego, CA
Winner: Best Actor (Hoyt Richards)
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Legends of Hollywood Film Festival
Hollywood, CA
Winner: Best Feature Film; Best Drama; Best Director; Best Actor (Hoyt Richards); Best Screenplay: Best Cinematography, Best Sound; Independent Spirit Award; Best Ensemble Cast, Best Actress (Anabella Casanova); Best Supporting Actor (Johnny Williams)
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Global Independent Film Awards
Winner: Best Film (Best in Fest); Best Actor (Hoyt Richards)
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Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Winner: Best Feature (Gold)
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Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Nom: Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Indie Spirit Award
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Idyllwild International Film Festival
Idyllwild, CA
Winner: Best Suspense/Thriller (Gold), Best Actor (Gold)
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Worldfest Houston Int'l Film & Video Film Festival
Houston, TX
Winner: Best Feature (Grand Jury Prize)
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American Movie Awards
College
Princeton University
Economics
High School
Haverford School
Birth Date
April 10
Birth City
Syracuse, NY
Current City
Los Angeles, CA
Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
Height
6' 1"
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Blue
Zodiac Sign
Aries
Two-Time Top 30 at the Slamdance Screenplay Competition,
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