Canadian-Born, New York Actress Danelle Eliav Paves Her Own Way with Award-Winning Short Film “The Girl and the Spanish Boy”

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Actress Danelle Eliav takes her career into her own hands and strikes gold with award winning short film "The Girl and the Spanish Boy."

Danelle Eliav in award-winning short film ""The Girl and the Spanish Boy"

“There comes a certain point as an actor where you want to do good work and tell a good story, and you realize that you don’t have to wait for that to happen. You can tell the story yourself,” says award-winning filmmaker and actress, Danelle Eliav.

Now more than ever actors like Danelle are taking their careers into their own hands by creating their own work and taking advantage of today’s technology.

“There comes a certain point as an actor where you want to do good work and tell a good story, and you realize that you don’t have to wait for that to happen. You can tell the story yourself,” says the award winning filmmaker and actress, Danelle Eliav.

For Ms. Eliav, “The Girl and the Spanish Boy” was that story. It has been breaking ground in festivals around the world.

The film has won the Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival, the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Drama at Yorkton Film Festival and most recently the Audience Choice Award at the Festival ArtDéco de Cinema in São Paulo, Brasil. The film has been in five film festivals in the past three weeks including the San Gio Verona Video Festival in Italy, and Stonybrook Film Festival where it had its US Premiere. Currently, the film is at Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, is heading to Sante Fe Independent Film Festival, and was recently selected for the Golden Egg Competition at The Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland.

A classically trained actress (London’s RADA and New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse), Danelle who wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film, has apprenticed under some of the biggest names in Hollywood. She credits her talent as a storyteller to working in New York with esteemed theater companies like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s LAByrinth Theater Company, and Barefoot Theatre Company, of which she is a member.

“I love a good story,” says Eliav, “and I’ve been blessed to have trained and worked with brilliant storytellers.” Of her goals for the future, the already successful filmmaker says, “My dream is to continue to tell stories from around the world in theater and film.”

Those dreams are beginning to come true. “The Girl and the Spanish Boy”’s continued success has opened up many doors for Danelle. She recently produced and acted in the feature film Emoticon ;) which stars Carol Kane, Sonia Braga, Michael Cristofer, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Christine Ebersole. She is currently in pre-production for two short films, one that shoots in Italy and another that shoots in Israel.

In a recent interview, the tall beauty said, “It feels like this is just the start. I have so many more stories to tell and characters to play. It’s very exciting.”

More information can be found at http://www.facebook.com/TheGirlAndTheSpanishBoy

“The Girl and the Spanish Boy” will screen at the Hollyshorts Film Festival on Tuesday August 14th at 11 am.

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