Wake The Town
Gear Seven/Arc Studios/Shift
Contemplative Reptile
  • International Edition
  • USA Edition
  • UK Edition
  • Australian Edition
  • Canadian Edition
  • Irish Edition
  • German Edition
  • French Edition
  • Singapore Edition
  • Spanish edition
  • Polish edition
  • Indian Edition
  • Middle East edition
  • South African Edition

Sanctuary Director Kayla Abuda Galang Wins Special Jury Award at SXSW 2023



Kayla awarded for 'When You Left Me On That Boulevard' after snagging the Grand Jury prize at Sundance

Sanctuary Director Kayla Abuda Galang Wins Special Jury Award at SXSW 2023

Filmmaker Kayla Abuda Galang, the Filipino-born, US-raised filmmaker known for dynamic, character-driven stories that explore themes of home, family, and belonging, received the SXSW 2023 Special Jury Award in the Texas Shorts category for her most recent film When You Left Me On That Boulevard. 

The SXSW award (which was adjudicated by filmmakers Angie Reza Tures and Iliana Sosa and the Festival Director of Hill Country Film Festival, Amy Miskovsky) comes on the heels of her win of the Grand Jury Prize for the Short Film Program at this year’s 2023 Sundance Film Festival with the same film.

When You Left Me On That Boulevard, written and directed by Kayla Abuda Galang, centers on a day in the life of a young Fillipino-American teen in the year 2006. As her boisterous family prepares a Thanksgiving meal, she sneaks out and smokes with her cousins. Returning home to a house full of food, booming laughter and karaoke, the teen’s inward, awkward struggle to navigate a new crush and her overbearing aunties comes to a tragicomic head.

“Kayla is one of those unique talents that is able to tell a story simply, sincerely and with such authenticity that you feel as if you’re in the story with her characters,” says Preston Lee, Sanctuary’s Founder and MD. “Every choice she makes in her film conveys that she’s not only an incredibly talented director but also an awesome person who cares deeply about how her story gets told. On top of all of that, she’s f@$king hysterical and we’re lucky to get to work with her!"

Born in Olongapo City, Philippines and raised in San Diego and Houston, Kayla Abuda Galang’s work is informed by the beauty and idiosyncrasies of growing up a second-generation Filipino-American. Along with the awards for this latest film, her 2021 short  Learning Tagalog With Kayla premiered at SXSW, received an Audience Award, and went on to screen at festivals such as Palm Springs, Indie Memphis, Encounters, and Reel Asian. Kayla Galang is currently working on two feature films.

“I want to extend all my love and gratitude to the jury at SXSW for receiving this film so warmly, and to the programmers for featuring it with so many great Texas-rooted films in the new Texas Shorts category this year,” said the Texas-bred filmmaker. “Most of all, I want to thank my Austin and San Diego communities. Every film is a miracle and we truly made one together.”

view more - Awards and Events
Sign up to our newsletters and stay up to date with the best work and breaking ad news from around the world.
Raconteur, Fri, 17 Mar 2023 08:31:33 GMT