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During the summer of '66, a former rodeo champion and cattle auctioneer from Oklahoma bonds tightly with his young grandson from suburban Pennsylvania while teaching him a few tricks from his previous trades. Shot entirely in rural Pennsylvania, Calf Rope captures the intense love that grandparents often share with their grandchildren and the legacy that lives on long after they have gone.

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Awards for

Calf Rope

Allentown Film Festival

(2023)

Best Narrative Short 

Life Fest Film Festival

(2022)

Best Director• Best Actor• Best Editing

Milledgeville - Eatonton Film Festival

(2021)

Best Original Music Score

Red Rose Film Festival

(2021)

People's Choice Award

Virginia Film Festival

(2021)

Audience Award for Best Narrative Short Film

Chinh India Kids Film Festival

(2021)

Bronze Chinh Award

Various Artists Independent Film Festival

(2021)

Best Children / Family Film

F3: Frankly Film Fest

(2021)

Best of Fest

Best Director  · Best Sound

New York State International Film Festival

(2021)

Best Drama

Cobb International Film Festival

(2021)

Best Domestic Short Film

Reedy Reels Film Festival

(2021)

Best Director

Land of Enchantment Family Film & Fashion Festival

(2021)

Best Youth Actor Under 12 (Lukas Barnett)

Dreams Come True Film Festival

(2021)

Best of the Fest 

Best Faith-Based Film · Best Director · Best Writing

Best Supporting Actress (Jackie Walker) · Best Juvenile Actor (Lukas Barnett)

Best Trailer · Best Movie Poster

International Christian Film & Music Festival

(2021)

Best Short Film - 3rd Place

Maverick Movie Awards

(2021)

Best Editing

Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival

(2021)

Best Concept

Branson International Film Festival

(2021)

Agape Award - (Best Film of the Festival)

Best Young Actor (Lukas Barnett) · Best Actor in a Short Film (Gorman Ruggiero)

Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film (Jackie Walker)

Bare Bones International Film Festival

(2021)

Legacy Keepers - Family Preservation Award

Presented to Bradley Hawkins,  Director | Executive Producer

Sunny Side Up Film Festival

(2021)

Best Family Film · Best Modern-Day Western · Best Director (short)

Best Director (Modern-Day Western) · Best Actor (short)

Best Supporting Actor (short) · Best Young Actor (2)

Play Short International Film Awards

(2020)

Film Craft Award - Film Directing

American Filmatic Arts Awards 

(2020)

Best Short Film

Best Actor · Best Child Actor

Best Supporting Actress · Best Soundtrack

Best Cinematography · Best Production Design

Venice Shorts Film Awards 

(2020)

Best U.S. Producer

Chicago Indie Film Awards

(2020)

Best Producer

Reale Film Festival

(2020)

Best Soundtrack

Southern States Indie FanFilmFest International

(2020)

Best Featurette of the Year

Best Featurette (Summer 2020)

New York Movie Awards

(2020)

Best Production Design

Honorable Mention - Inspirational Film

Royal Wolf Awards

(2020)

Best Drama Short  Best Director - Short

Best  Actor · Best Young Actor

Best Original Music Score

Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival

(2020)

Best Family/Faith Film • Best Western

Best Young Actor  Best Original Score

Austin Indie Fest

(2020)

Best Western Film

FirstGLANCE Film Festival - Philadelphia 

(2020)

Best Young Actor

Open World Toronto Film Festival

(2020)

Best Long Short Film

Care Awards

(2020)

Best Redemptive Short

Best Director

Wild Bunch Film Festival

(2020)

Best Family Film · Best Modern Day Western · Best Produced Modern Day Western

Festival Director's Choice - Best Rodeo Film · Best Director (Modern Day Western)

Best Ensemble Cast (Modern Day Western) · Best Actor in a Modern Day Western (Gorman Ruggiero)

Best Supporting Actor in a Modern-Day Western (Lukas Barnett)

Best Young Actor (Lukas Barnett & Logan Donalson)

Hollywood Divine Film Festival

(2020)

Best Director (Short Film)

Audience Choice Award: Best Short Film

Jury Choice Award: Honorable Mention - Best Short Film

Florence Film Awards

(2020)

Best Original Story

Crown Wood Film Awards

(2020)

Best Family - Children Film · Best Cinematography

Best Supporting Actor (Lukas Barnett) · Best Supporting Actress (Avery Kellington)

Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival

(2020)

Best Short Film

Southern Shorts Awards

(2020)

AWARD of EXCELLENCE

Producing · Direction · Screenplay · Editing · Cinematography
Lead Actor (Gorman Ruggiero)· Lead Actor (Lukas Barnett)
Supporting Actor (Avery Kellington) · Supporting Actor (Jackie Walker)
Production Design · Sound Design · Original Music Score · Costuming
IndieFEST Film Awards
(2020)

AWARD of MERIT (Special Recognition)

Short Film · Movie Trailer

AWARD OF MERIT: Children - Family Programming · Direction · Editing · Lead Actor Supporting Actor · Cinematography · Screenplay · Original Music Score

Movie Trailer

Great Lakes Christian Film Festival

(2020)

Best Screenplay

(Narrative Short)

Best Actor Award - New York

(2020)

Best Ensemble · Best Actor in a Historic Film · Best Child Actor

Best Acting Duo · Best Acting Debut

Gold Film Awards

(2020)

Best Short Film · Best Actor · Best Actor Under18

Best Cinematography · Best Production Design

International Independent Film Awards

(2020)

PLATINUM AWARD: Production Design

GOLD AWARD: Narrative Short · Direction · Screenplay · Lead Actor

Supporting Actor · Original Music Score · Best Production Design

Rome Prisma Film Awards

(2020)

Best Trailer

Independent Shorts Awards

(2020)

Best Film of the Month · Best Director (Male) · Best Western Short

Best Children Short · Best Actor · Best Child - Young Actor · Best Acting Duo

Best Cinematography · Best Editing · Best Original Music Score

New York International Film Awards

(2020)

Best Director (Short Film) · Best Editing · Best Acting Ensemble

Best Acting Debut · Best Child Actor

The Wild Bunch Film Festival

(2019)

Best Modern-Day Western Screenplay

NOMINATIONS

Milledgeville - Eatonton Film Festival

(2021)

Best Ensemble Cast 

Red Rose Film Festival

(2021)

Best Short Film

Red Rose Award 

F3: Frankly Film Fest 

(2021)

Best Performance in a Leading Role

(Gorman Ruggiero)

Best Writing · Best Cinematography   

Romford Film Festival 

(2021)

Best Supporting Actor

(Lukas Barnett)

Dreams Come True Film Festival 

(2021)

Best Short Film 

Best Actor (Gorman Ruggiero) · Best Actor (Lukas Barnett)

Best Actress (Avery Kellington) · Best Editing · Best Music Score · Best Cinematography 

Maverick Movie Awards

(2021)

Best Actor (Gorman Ruggiero)

Best Music Score

Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival

(2021)

Best Drama

Branson International Film Festival

(2021)

Best Actress (Short Film)

Best Short Film

Sunny Side Up Film Festival

(2021)

Best Actress (Short)

Best Supporting Actress (Short)

Best Cinematography (Short)

Flathead Lake International Cinemafest

(2021)

Best Actor (Lukas Barnett)

Play Short International Film Awards

(2020)

Film Craft Award · Cinematography · Film Craft Award · Sound Design

The Short Film Awards (SOFIES)

(2020)

Best Actor (Gorman Ruggiero)

Best Long Short Film

Best Narrative or Dramatic Screenplay for a Short Film

FirstGLANCE Film Festival - Philadelphia
(2020)

Best Director (Short Film)
Best Film Shot in Philly (within 100 miles and in Pennsylvania)
Best Actor in a Short Film
(Gorman Ruggiero)
Best Ensemble Cast in a Short Film
Best Breakout Performance
(Lukas Barnett)

Open World Toronto Film Festival

(2020)

Best Story and Screenplay

Wild Bunch Film Festival

(2020)

Best Actress (Modern-Day Western)

Best Supporting Actress (Modern-Day Western)

Best Cinematography (Modern-Day)

Best Drama

Hollywood Divine International Film Festival

(2020)

Best Lead Actor in a Short Film (Lukas Barnett)

Florence Film Awards

(2020)

Best Short Film · Best Production Design · Best Sound Design
Best Original Music Score · Best Hair & Make-Up · Best Costume Design

Canadian International Faith & Film Festival

(2020)

Best Director ·  Best Actor (Lukas Barnett) · Best Supporting Actor (Gorman Ruggiero)

Great Lakes Christian Film Festival

(2020)

Best Direction (Narrative Short) · Best Cinematography (Narrative Short)

Best Sound - Music Score (Narrative Short)

Best Short Film · Most Inspirational Film · Best Western
Best Acting Duo (Lukas Barnett & Gorman Ruggiero) · Best Soundtrack - Main Theme

New York International Film Awards

(2020)

Best Short Film Best Inspirational Film

Best Actor (Gorman Ruggiero) Best Acting Duo

Best Soundtrack/Main Theme

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