Music Industry News Network [05-11-2018]

Katie Garibaldi And Anna Haas Team Up Again And Win In IndieFEST Film Awards


Katie Garibaldi, acclaimed Americana singer and songwriter, along with notable film director Anna Haas, have won a prestigious Award of Merit from the IndieFEST Film Awards. The award was given for Garibaldi’s vibrant music video, “Unhappy Holiday,” which tells the story of heartbreak during the holidays, and takes the viewer on a journey of emotions including the sad, if not relatable blue Christmas, comedic situations, and even heartwarming holiday cheer. “Unhappy Holiday” features an exceptional story line, festive characters, stunning vintage-inspired visuals based in a Nashville honky tonk, a beautiful Christmas tree farm, and a cozy fireside scene, all wrapped up in a bow with Garibaldi’s classic country-influenced original song and impressive vocal range.

“Unhappy Holiday” is Garibaldi and Haas’ second award-winning joint venture, the first being multi-accolade championing hit “Delightful,” which has been making its way across the film festival circuit since its 2016 release, continuing to screen internationally, and has won upwards of 45 awards, including an IndieFest Film Award in 2017.

“When I think of the this video [‘Unhappy Holiday’], I can’t help but laugh with happiness,” admits Garibaldi. “I came to Anna [Haas] with the idea of doing a honky tonk Christmas for the video and she took that and ran like the wind. I remember walking into the bar on the morning of the shoot and it literally looked like Christmas threw up in there! It was great!” Garibaldi continues, “Winning this award from the IndieFest is very touching because as an artist, you never really know how people are going to respond to your work. You just follow your instincts and put it out there. I’m so proud of this video and it means a lot to be recognized with an honor like this, so I’m very grateful.”

The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes 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. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, Garibaldi and Haas join the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, A Path Appears Documentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively, Radical Grace executive produced by Susan Sarandon, a searing expose Davids and Goliath by Leon Lee, and Touched with Fire starring Katie Holmes. 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.”

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