Art of Storytelling Award ◦  Audience Award 

 Excellence in Documentary Directing Award

From New York City and across the planet, Call Me Dancer is receiving accolades, standing ovations, and recognition from experts in the film industry and audiences alike.

New York Women in Film & Television presented Leslie Shampaine and Pip Gilmour the award for Excellence in Documentary Directing at the NY Indian Film Festival. Executive Director and multi-Emmy Award recipient, Cynthia Lopez said, “Call Me Dancer is a raw, nuanced film that sheds light on what it means to be a dancer in India at this time. It is thoughtful, quiet, and powerful and will inspire creatives from different fields to believe in themselves and their art to move their lives forward. Each of the people featured in the film are shot with respect and a kind understanding of their economic and cultural circumstances.”

Call Me Dancer screened in June at Doc Edge in both Auckland and Wellington winning the Art of Storytelling Award. Doc Edge is New Zealand’s premiere international documentary film festival that qualifies films for the Academy Awards.

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) awarded Call Me Dancer the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature the first weekend in June. Filmmaker Leslie Shampaine shared this comment, “We want to thank everyone at BIFF where so many creative people gather to show their films…  and we greatly appreciate the enthusiastic audience who came to see Call Me Dancer. It has been a five-year journey making this film and it is thrilling when it resonates so well on the big screen!”