Angelena Bonet, founder and CEO of her companies Crystal Heart Productions and Crystal Heart Records, has won another three prestigious Awards of Recognition from the IndieFEST Film Awards and The Accolade Global Film Competition. One award was given for Bonet’s biopic documentary feature film “Angelena: Change The World” in the Liberation/Social Justice/Protest category and two awards for “Tragic Fairytale” in the Best Music Video category. Bonet has created three documentary films thus far, including the soundtracks, which she has written, directed, edited and produced in their entirety.
Angelena Bonet’s multi-award winning documentary feature film “Angelena: Change The World” and documentary short film “Change The World” both feature the soundtrack she co-wrote from her heart and soul with her late fiancé Erick Deeby. He had written and recorded instrumental pieces of music for her between 2005 and 2007 then suddenly and unexpectedly passed away three days after they got engaged in August 2007. Bonet then wrote the lyrics and melody to his music after his devastating death and during her time of deepest grief. Then on May 26, 2012, she was a victim of a violent attack and kidnapped and gang-raped but miraculously survived the attempted murder in her homeland of Australia. Suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a consequence of the horrific attack, orchestrated by someone that she knew and trusted, she is now ready to share her story.
Now empowered by the crime that almost took her life, Bonet has also made it her life mission to end violence against women. Interviewing women and girls from all around the world and from all walks of life, “Angelena: Heart Of The Matter” is her third documentary feature film and includes interviews with women’s rights leaders such as President Obama’s Women’s Equality Advisor Tina Tchen and Tony award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler. Bonet has served as the Australian Ambassador for World Mental Health Day, a public speaker at V Day Organization’s One Billion Rising events, a member of the RAINN Organization speaker bureau and an official blogger for OXFAM.
“I am absolutely blown away with all these accolades I’m receiving from America. When I wrote ‘Tragic Fairytale’ six weeks after my fiancé passed away, I could barely breathe because the pain was beyond excruciating. I have kept the promise I made to Erick at his bedside, whilst in a coma, that someday … somehow I would complete our special project and 11 years later, I can now say that I have. I’m sure he would be so proud of me and just as excited as I am about our achievements.”
The IndieFEST Film Awards and The Accolade both recognize film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. In winning an Accolade and IndieFEST Film Award, Angelena Bonet joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar-winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary The Tunes Behind The Toons, Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twentysomething. Information and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theindiefest.com and www.accoladecompetition.org.
Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners: “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”