Through this festival we seek out noteworthy new talents and innovative filmmakers around the world, showcasing the best of the best from each genre. Our goal for the festival is to raise money for the growing needs of three charitable organizations. First of which is San Antonio’s very own All-Accessible theme park, Morgan’s Wonderland! While Toyota provides major financial support to the park, it also depends on the help of other organizations such as The My Love Michelle Short Film Festival. Born with severe cognitive delays, Gordon Hartman’s daughter Morgan inspired the park's creation. The park was designed for those who are challenged with cognitive and physical delays, and welcomes all adults and children to enjoy the park and play together!

Along with Morgan’s Wonderland, the My Love Michelle Short Film Festival will be raising money for Michelle's Furry Friends. This animal charity has been chosen to donate time and resources to save animals from neglect.

The My Love Michelle Short Film Festival is inspired by our unsung hero, Michelle Katrina Garcia, a talented, differently-abled young lady whose two passions in life were film and the care of animals. Her beautiful, caring spirit and precious memory will live on through this short film festival! We Love You, Michelle!

Awards & Prizes

$1000 first prize
$ 500 second prize

Rules & Terms

ALTHOUGH IT IS OUR MISSION TO HAVE MORE “DIFFERENTLY-ABLED” TALENTS INCLUDED IN FILM PROJECTS ACROSS THE NATION IN SOME WAY, IT IS NOT REQUIRED AND RATHER STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. FILMS THAT INCLUDE A “DIFFERENTLY-ABLED” PERSON IN THE PRODUCTION ARE IMMEDIATELY ELIGIBLE FOR A BONUS AWARD, IF CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE TOP TWO FINALISTS. THE PERSON MAY BE IN FRONT OF OR BEHIND THE CAMERA. THE PERSON MAY BE IN THE CAST OR THE CREW. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY MAY BE AN EXTRA OR WORK IN ANY CAPACITY YOU DECIDE. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHO THE PERSON IS AND WHAT THEIR DISABILITY IS, AND THEIR ROLE IN YOUR PROJECT.

6 Reviews

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    Hassan Mokhtari

    Good job, thank you Michelle :-)

    December 2016
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    Marie-Lou Béland

    good festival and good mission

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much...

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    Ye-eun. Son.

    My Love Michelle Short Film Festival is
    lovely.

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Love your film beautiful

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    Eric Player

    I give the overall rating I do because I believe in what this festival is trying to say and do. I give the two star ratings because I don't give one star ratings to anyone.

    I was proud to be selected for this festival, and immediately asked for information about anything they would need from me, or where to send it. I never heard back.

    Nevertheless, I tweeted and posted and put special announcements on my Facebook page (@MomentOfAnger) about attending the festival. I still never heard. A few days before the time when I guessed that the screening would take place I sent a special deliverables package. And then I waited. The first word I got was the automatic reminder from FilmFreeway asking for a review.

    EDIT: I heard from the festival surprised as my lack of word and letting me know that the festival was coming up on 12/12/2016. I have improved my Communication and Value scores accordingly. They are really great people from everything I have been able to gather, the difficulties of managing everything from a distance have been overwhelming them is all.

    December 2016
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    S. Kramer Herzog

    Very happy to say that 2 of my films will be at "Michelle Short Film Festival"
    On the other side their web site is 2 years out dated!!
    NO info who wins, bad communication & networking!
    I would never waste my Money on a entry fee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What Eric Player wrote is right one! Please read it.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    So sorry my friend you felt that way, thank you for let us know of your concern. We are still young and learning.. God bless you, love your docu👏👏🌹