New York City International Film Festival Selects Tombstone Pillow Movie

After becoming a part of LA Shorts International Film Festival, Asian Cinematography Awards and Around Films International Film Festival, the advocacy film Tombstone Pillow gets noticed by the New York City International Film Festival.

New York City International Film Festival has a well-earned reputation on a national and international scale. It is one of the most respected events of the film festival year. New York City International Film Festival was formed to bring the best of the world’s cinematography to New York City, one of the premiere hub of the most creative and talented people in the world. New York remains one of the biggest platforms for up-coming talented film makers from the US and around the world. Film makers who get added and discovered by the New York City International Film Festival gets to showcase their film in New York City, the center for the film industry and the best city in the world. Films who make it at the NYCIFF gather support and proper exposure so they could take things to the next level by offering improved and well supported film distribution.

The founder of New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) Mr. Roberto Rizzo, a professional film maker who started in 2010 openly expressed his admiration for the film Tombstone Pillow. He congratulated the team responsible for creating Tombstone Pillow. In Rizzo’s words, he said:

Congratulations! I’m very impressed! you told a sad story in 11 minutes with such subtlety very well directed, editing. It really touched me! Your movie is very well done and touches your sensibility seen all those people living in a cemetery!” -Roberto Rizzo, Film Festival Director

NYCIFF is more than just a platform for seeing beautiful and exquisitely created films. It is also a hub festival for cultural events and was created to celebrate special days to honor and celebrate amazing tenacity and talent of film makers all over the world. It is a gathering of diverse societies and ethnicities. It is the right place for up and coming film makers to connect and discuss methods of their passion and craft.


The New York City International Film Festival goes through the extra mile to stretch resources to create unique and special red carpet galas and press events in order to give film makers a regal environment where film makers can feel appreciated, honored and truly appreciated.

Tombstone Pillow an advocacy film shot in a cemetery located in the Philippines where 6,000 people live. A heartless heiress is forced on the run with a poor graveyard girl who teaches her life’s real riches.

Timeless Entertainment Inc. Producer Lourdes Duque Baron together with Dream Team Directors Daniel Lir & Bayou Bennett, Cinematographer Mycko David and Writer Fraser Scott shot the film in haphazard shanties, top of graves and mausoleums in the Manila North Cemetery in the Philippines.

“Tombstone Pillow” cast includes Lourdes Duque Baron, Kendra Sison De Mesa, Ian Taylor Ignacio, Cedric Escobar and “The Young Great Profile” Blake Salcedo grandson of the legendary Leopoldo Salcedo.

Dream Team Directors Duo Bayou Bennett and Daniel took to Instagram and also announced Kevin Hickman is on board as an Editor of the Short film Tombstone Pillow and also welcomed Hagay Mizrahi for the musical score.

Kevin Hickman is known in Hollywood for his amazing work in films like The Sorcerer’s ApprenticeRogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Aquaman (2018) and Collateral (2004).

Hagay Mizrahi of Gemini Muziq is a top music producer who has already worked with notable artists like Justin Bieber, Mario, Jason Derulo, Snoop Dogg and Christina Milan. He also did a music album collaboration with Lourdes Duque Baron.

6,000 people live in the graveyards in the Philippines without running water or electricity. When a photographer Anton Afanasyev documented their lives he said: ” They don’t have a penny, but are still smiling”. (Fraser Scott)

Tombstone Pillow is also an official selection for LA Shorts International Film Festival and Asian Cinematography Awards. The Asia release of Tombstone Pillow will be in Manila, Philippines on February 22-23, 2020 at the UPFI Film Center.

Tombstone Pillow will be shown during the opening night of NYCIFF at the Dolby Theater on March 23 to 27, 2020.
DOLBY THEATER,1350 6th Avenue, corner 55th Street, NY 10019. It will be a Gala Red Carpet cocktail reception starting at 6pm.

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