Needleman at a young age had a creative eye. Growing up, his parents influenced him to pick up a camera. Kelly gravitated towards the beauty of nature and started taking images and time-lapses of landscapes. His strong ambition to create resulted in being published in various media, such as National Geographic.
Needleman's passion for landscape photography was a natural progression into the film industry. He created his own company called Needleman Productions, where he showcases his movies. Kelly has been recognized as an award-winning film director with over 40 film awards. Needleman’s ambition is to make beautiful movies by utilizing the natural elements of nature, fog, sea, and sunlight as tools in an outdoor studio.
Kelly Needleman also works in front of the camera as an actor. Kelly is signed with MDT Agency in San Francisco, which led him to various commercial, print, and movie work.
At the age of 18, Kelly attends Pepperdine University majoring in film production and minoring in business entertainment.
Official Selection
A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles
2018
Semi-Finalist
TIME
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Los Angeles
2018
Semi-Finalist
24 Hours in Norway
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Los Angeles
2017
Award Winner
Landscape Photography
Hollywood International Independent Documentary
Los Angeles
2017
Award of Recognition
Be The Change You Wish To See In The World
IndieFest Film Awards
La Jolla
2016
Semi-Finalist
SPEEDING THROUGH NEW YORK
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles
Semi-Finalist
Wilderness Quest
Los Angeles CineFest
Finalist
Wilderness Quest
Oniros Film Awards
Finalists
Wilderness Quest
Indie Short Fest
Finalists
Wilderness Quest
Indie Short Fest
AWARD WINNER (Thriller Short)
Wilderness Quest
Independent Short Awards
AWARD WINNER (Director)
Wilderness Quest
Independent Short Awards
AWARD WINNER
Wilderness Quest
New York Film Awards
AWARD WINNER
Wilderness Quest
Festigious Los Angeles - Monthly Film Competition
AWARD WINNER
Wilderness Quest
Top Shorts
AWARD WINNER
Wilderness Quest
Los Angeles Film Awards
LA, CA
Best Horror Screenplay
Circle of 3s
Festigious Los Angeles - Monthly Film Competition
LA, CA
Nomination
Lost Visibility
Austin Revolution Film Festival
Official Selection
Lost Visibility
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Palm Springs
AWARD WINNING
Lost Visibility
Olympus Film Festival Los Angeles
Los Angeles
AWARD WINNER
Lost Visibility
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Los Angeles
Semi-Finalist
Lost Visibility
Los Angeles CineFest
Official Selection
Lost Visibility
Festigious Los Angeles - Monthly Film Competition
Los Angeles
STAFF PICK
FLYING OVER ITALY
Aerial Video Awards
Drone of The Week
FLYING OVER ITALY
AirVuz Awards
Semi-Finalist
Wilderness Quest
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
jellyFEST
Official Selection
MY IDENTITY
Nile’s Diaspora International film Festival
AWARD WINNING
MY IDENTITY
Travel FilmFest international film festival
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Festigious Los Angeles Monthly Competition
Best First Time Director
MY IDENTITY
Festigious Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Top Shorts
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
AWARD WINNING
MY IDENTITY
Festigious International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION
MY IDENTITY
New York Film Awards
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Festigious Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Official Selection
A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN
Olympus Film Festival Los Angeles
Official Selection
A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN
BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST · Chicago
Best Micro Film
A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN
LAFA
Los Angeles
Official Selection
Wilderness Quest
Short CineFest
Semi-Finalist
LUCID VISIONS
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles
AWARD WINNING
TIME
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Los Angeles
AWARD WINNING
TIME
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
Los Angeles
AWARD WINNING
TIME
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION
TIME
Timelapse Film Festival
AWARD WINNING
TIME
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Hollywood
AWARD WINNING
TIME
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
Hollywood
Official Selection
Wilderness Quest
Status Quill Film Festival
Official Selection
Wilderness Quest
IndieX Film Festival
AWARD WINNING
Landscape Photography
The IndieFEST Film Awards
Best Director - Winner
Wilderness Quest
One-Reeler Short Film Competition One-Reeler Short Film Competition
Official Selection
Wilderness Quest
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
College
Pepperdine University
Film Production
2020
High School
Sonoma Academy
2016Present
Birth Date
October 23, 2001
Nickname
Kel
Birth City
Santa Rosa
Hometown
Sonoma
Height
6 ft
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
American
Kelly is a sponsored tennis player for Dunlop.
Kelly Needleman was born in Sonoma California.
Needleman loves to travel and learn about new cultures.
I feel every frame of my film should be put into an actual frame to hang on a wall as a piece of art.