AWD Founder & Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair, Secretary & Treasurer
(310) 433-6826 phone
Los Angeles , CA 90046
Candice Carella wrote, produced and directed a 30-minute short “PONY,” starring Xander Berkeley (Air Force One, Terminator 2, The Walking Dead) and Suzy Nakamura (Dr. Ken, Avenue5, Snowfall) in 2015, screening in over 50 film festivals, winning 32 festival awards and gaining a distribution deal with Shorts International and Gonella
In 2017, as a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, Candice wrote, produced and directed a 20-minute film “THREE DAYS IN THE HOLE,” based on a true story about a young Yezidi girl's struggle to survive and escape her ISIS capture after the Yezidi genocide. This film won a Gold Remi Award at the 52nd WorldFest Houston Film Festival, and was nominated for the 2018 Hollywood Film Festival Silver Screen Jury Prize, the 2018 Rome International Film Festival Best Narrative Short Film award, the 2019 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Best Short Film Award, and the Social Impact award at Cordillera Film Festival and is distributed by Gonella Prod.
In 2019, Carella directed "UNICORNS", a modern fresh take on a serious subject, surviving depression. Unorthodox, and at times jarring, the film, stars Malik Yoba (Cool Runnings, New York Undercover, Empire), &Markees Christmas (Morris From America, Black-ish). In 2019 Unicorns won an award at the Catalina Film Festival and won Best Narrative Film at 2020 Beloit International Film Festival.