Gloom be gone!

Hey everybody! How are you feeling, now that Covid19 restrictions are easing up?

Popping in for a few quickie updates before heading out to some beautiful weather! No June gloom in San Diego today!


Things We Dig” had its successful screening at the Austin After Dark Film Festival in Texas! I wasn’t able to travel there in person as I had intended, but festival director Mikel Fair told me: “People honked horns, whistled and clapped for your film!” Yaaayyy! He was even so kind and emailed me this snapshot from the drive-in screening that night!

Things We Dig on the big screen in Austin – photo by Mikel Fair

#HappyFilmmaker


I’m in the middle of post-production for my next shorty short film, a crime/thriller called “The Test“; making good progress working with editor Peter Stoll (our third collaboration). Also, we have a rad poster designed by all around creative genius Elsa Mickelsen! I will reveal it soon in a new, separate post! Stay tuned!


Last but not least – I am super happy to share the news that my horror script “Parcopresis” won Best Horror Short Screenplay at the Die Laughing Film Festival in Hollywood!!! This is my first time winning anything “first place” as a writer! I’m so friggin’ excited and over the moon about this! Feeling a bit validated, you know what I mean? Cheers!

That’s it for today – thanks for reading and indulging me – have a great weekend!!!

Group power!

As we’re getting closer to the Die Laughing Film Festival May 28-29th, I was invited to a roundtable zoom session with other screenwriters, to briefly talk about our scripts. If you want to know a bit more about what inspired me to write my horror short “Parcopresis“, check out the video here:


Also, great news! I recently talked about “Things we Dig” getting accepted into the End of Days Film Festival and that it was nominated for some awards, but I didn’t know which ones. Turns out it was for ‘Best Comedy‘ and ‘Best Ensemble Cast‘. Guess what!

We won Best Ensemble Cast, yaayyy!

Congrats to my #teamdiggers! I’m so proud of you!

Ok, back to work! *cracks whip*

May I…

…toot my horn a little? Since I don’t have hordes of fans (yet) to do it for me, I’ll just have to promote myself, knowwhaddimean? I’m sure once people make money off of me, that’ll change…at least I hope so!

Oh, did bitter Pia just slip out? Ohhh, or is it self doubt rearing its ugly head again?

But really, I SHOULD pat myself on the shoulder a little! Since this is a first for me, here it goes:

This is the first time that I have one project – a short film I wrote, directed and acted in, “Things We Dig” – in film festivals…

…another project – a screenplay I wrote, “Parcopresis” – in screenwriting competitions, mostly during film festivals…

…AND a third project – a short film I wrote, will direct and act in (universe willing..!) ‘The Test‘ – in pre-production and about to be filmed!

Talk about feeling just a teensy bit productive!

But you know me…never satisfied and never resting long on my laurels. It still irks me that my “painting phase” hasn’t come back yet since the pandemic hit. Le Sigh.

So, for those who give a damn, here’s the latest roundup and info on previously mentioned projects:

I just found out that my horror short script “Parcopresis” has been selected as a Screenplay Finalist for the Die Laughing Film Festival, which runs from May 28-29,2021 in Hollywood. Details are still being worked out. This one seems to be having a really good run right now! I actually had to fill out my profile on Coverfly (it’s a writer’s thing I wasn’t aware of until recently). So, Yay! Somebody wanna produce it? I can’t share the whole thing here, but this is the logline: When a quick trip to the restroom turns into your worst nightmare.”

THAT should give you an idea, haha!


Film Festival news for ‘Things We Dig’:

We just got selected for the End of Days Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. No screenings for this one due to the ongoing pandemic, but we are a Finalist for an award…I just don’t know yet which one! Official award winners will be announced via their Facebook page on May 15th, 2021. Crossing fingers!

The Night Terrors Film Festival in Denmark has been postponed a few times due to Covid19, but so far, it seems to still be on for May 13th (Aarhus) and May 14th (Copenhagen) with in-person screenings. Again, fingers crossed! The line up for their film selection is here. This will be our Denmark Premiere!

Update 5/6/2021: Just got the news the festival is happening as planned on May 13th and 14th – in person! Woohoo!


I’m not gonna say much about ‘The Test‘ because I’m superstitious and learned my lesson talking about my last project before we filmed it! So, in the meantime, you can ‘like’ its Facebook page, which will probably be the only social media source beside my blog. Hopefuly more updates with great news soon! Again, fingers friggin’ crossed!!!

Ok, that’s it for the latest news for this so far very exciting Spring/early Summer 2021! Cheers!

Immortaly yours,

Pia de los Muertos