With a dad as a special effects makeup artist, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra. Combat nursing became her prime focus, but she soon discovered that real blood is more intense than the fake stuff. Since high school she’s been pursuing a career in directing and plans on creating quirky fantastical films inspired in part by her unconventional childhood.
Best Student Film
Inked
California Film Awards
San Diego, California
2019
Official Selection
The Dollhouse
Paris Short Film Festival
Paris
2019
Best Short Film
Inked
Hollywood Horrorfest
Hollywood, California
2018
Official Selection
The Dollhouse
NYC Short Documentary Film Festival
New York, New York
2018
Official Selection
The Dollhouse
Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland, Ohio
2018
Official Selection
The Dollhouse
Shorts On Tap - London
London
2018
Official Selection
The Dollhouse
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
2018
Best Documentary Short
The Dollhouse
Snowdance (USA) Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
2018
Best Documentary Short
The Dollhouse
The Impact DOCS Awards
La Jolla, California
2018
Best Documentary Short (Student)
The Dollhouse
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Los Angeles, California
2018
Official Selection
The Dollhouse
FrightFest
London
2017
Official Selection
The Dollhouse
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Toronto
2017
Best Documentary
The Dollhouse
The Sixth Annual European Phillip K. Dick Film Festival
New York City, New York
2017
Best Documentary Short
The Dollhouse
Feel The Reel International Film Festival
Glasgow
2017
Semi-Finalist
Inked
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles, California
Semi-Finalist
Inked
End of Days Film Festival
Orlando, Florida
Semi-Finalist
Inked
Aphrodite Film Awards
New York City, New York
Best Documentary Short
The Dollhouse
Hollywood Guild Awards
Best Documentary Short
The Dollhouse
LA Edge Film Awards
Los Angeles
College
FSU College of Motion Picture Arts
Gender
Female
Kyra Gardner's short film "Past Presence" was one of eight student films selected for the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival's "First Time Film-maker's" Division." Writer/Director Kyra Gardner was the youngest participant at age 16.
Kyra Gardner's documentary "The Dollhouse" was a student film made at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts, but Universal Studios also included the film on the DVD/Blu-ray release of "Cult of Chucky" as a bonus feature - a first for a film school, and a film school student.
Kyra Gardner's senior thesis film at FSU ("Phoebe") earned her the Best Woman Student Filmmaker honors from the Directors Guild of America. The film stars a four foot tall animatronic fish puppet, voiced by Kimmy Robertson.