Media Alert: Serena Dykman's "Welcome" Selected as Finalist at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival

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NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate will screen her fourth short film at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival (presented by American Express)

Inspired by true events, the film follows Anna, a young New York-based Czech doctor, who is held at U.S. immigration after a humanitarian trip to Uganda — the day her boyfriend plans to propose to her.

WHAT/WHO: Award-winning writer/director Serena Dykman, NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate, will screen her fourth short film “WELCOME” which has been selected as a finalist at the prestigious American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival (presented by American Express).

Inspired by true events, the film follows Anna, a young New York-based Czech doctor, who is held at U.S. immigration after a humanitarian trip to Uganda — the day her boyfriend plans to propose to her.

Starring Jandra Dee (recently featured on "Inside Amy Schumer") and Randall McNeal (NBC’s "Deception," HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire"), the film examines U.S. immigration and bureaucracy with a heartwarming and personal story that touches a unique aspect of European immigration and the concept of home.

"Welcome" premiered in March 2015 at the Oscar-qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival and has won the Chris Columbus Production Award.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/125409965
TEASER: https://vimeo.com/123940478
WEBSITE: http://www.facebook.com/WelcomeShortFilm
PHOTOS: http://www.serenadykman.com/#!welcome/cbut

WHEN: MONDAY, MAY 18 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Student Documentaries/Student Short Films with a Q&A including a screening of "Welcome" and Q&A with Serena Dykman.

WHERE: The American Pavilion’s EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE at the Cannes Film Festival
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ABOUT SERENA DYKMAN: This will be Serena’s third consecutive short film screening in Cannes. Her previous shorts "Losing Character," "The Doorman," and "Bed Bugs & Company" have won numerous awards, received Official Selections at festivals around the world, and have also been broadcast on television. Serena recently finished shooting her first documentary feature entitled NANA. Serena was born in Paris, and raised between Paris, Brussels, London and New York. She is now based in New York. For more information, please visit http://www.serenadykman.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Remo / melissaremoPR(at)gmail(dot)com

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