The Selfie Film Awards celebrates selfies, selfie filmmakers and a new form of artistic expression. The Selfie Film Awards is now accepting applications for submission.

WILMINGTON, NC, September 13, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Multi-award winning author and selfie filmmaker Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has announced that the first annual Selfie Film Awards is now accepting submissions at the Selfie Filmmakers website.

Recorded history began with cave drawings. Then, stone tablets and eventually documents and books. Today, we have all types and styles of digital media that our descendants will use to gain insight from the historical record of previous generations. Selfie films are the next logical step in the progression.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist and multi-award winning Selfie filmmaker, clearly demonstrates that there are no boundaries in regard to what can be accomplished with this cutting-edge form of filmmaking. Her current focus is centered on ‘The Selfie Project’ and ‘The Selfie Filmmaker Awards’.

“The Selfie Project is gaining steam day by day,” Dr Holstein stated. “What started as a clever way to make a film about a tween, coming of age, more intense and appealing, is turning into a multi-dimensional project. ‘The Selfie Project’ is designed to bring new forms of film: #SelfiesasFilm; #Selfiesasdrama; and #Selfiefilmmakerseverywhere to the public and to give voice to a range of issues from school shootings to humor, body shaming, social media, bullying, falling in love, or any other topic filmmakers would like to address.

“In the The New York Times article ‘A Twist on a Dance Craze, From a Muddy Rice Field’ we learn how dancing alongside one’s oxen can make work less repetitive and also one can end up with international fame as a Selfie goes viral. Who knows what doors may open up for these particular fellows. Perhaps they will find themselves teaching dance. Whatever happens to them, we cannot gauge how many others may be inspired to make their daily jobs more interesting.

“Never before in the history of man have we had the capacity to transmit every type of human effort, opinion, story or advice as instantly as Selfies permit. For me as a psychologist/filmmaker, I have an unique take on how I wish to use Selfies, both artistically and for the betterment of humankind.

“Artistically, drama used to helped us understand human behavior is my goal. I have made a number of Selfie Coming of Age films. There is no doubt that actors filming their own scenes with a smart phone adds an intensity to their performances. Scenes emerge that are amazingly real and intense. The audience laughs, sighs and is responsive in ways that lead to better communicating and understanding between all.

“Selfies films give filmmakers an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, ideas, hopes, dreams, etc. We each have a voice that can reach out into the world. How amazing. We don’t have to wait any longer to be invited to speak or to be famous. Be it a Vlog, or Facebook or You Tube, everyone can jump into the water.

“My goal is to give voice to kids, tweens and teens in particular. My Podcast show, ‘The Enchanted Self Presents’ and my website are giving voice to kids on a number of issues. This month on my Podcast show discusses School Anxiety, Academic Anxiety and Friend Drama. Dr. Lucinda Monica Seares shares psychological insights, along with me and several students and their Selfies on these subjects.”

Applicants for the awards can apply at the website.

Holstein’s short films have won numerous awards and accolades.

The Truth A Short Film:

Garden State Film Festival Premier – Best Pop Song 2016
Golden Door Int. Film Festival – Official Selection – September 2016
Grove Film Festival – Showing – May 2017
Female Filmmakers Film Festival – Official Selection – 12th of 92 films
Roselle Park Shorts Film Festival – Official Selection – September 2017

The Truth A Short Short Film:

FilmOneFest Premier – July 2016
Chain Film Festival – Official Selection – August 2016
Jersey City Int. Television and Film Festival – Official Selection – November 2016
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival – Official Selection- May 2017

Secrets A Coming Of Age Selfie Film:

Alice Guy-Blache Women In Cinema Award – Nomination – October 2017, Golden Globe International Film Festival
NewFilmmakers, Manhattan- Official Selection, January 24, 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series – Best Experimental Film nomination – March 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series – Best New Jersey Short nomination – March 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series – Best Concept nomination – March 2018
Hang on To Your Shorts, Official Selection – April 2018, Nominated for Best New Jersey Drama and Best Experimental Film
Shown March 1 1018 as one of 6 outstanding women’s films at the Behane Center in Jersey City, for Women’s History Month by Golden Door International Film Festival.
Brightside Tavern Film Festival, Season 7 – Best Experimental Film – March 2018
Jersey Shore Film Festival, August 2018, Won Award as Best Educational Film of the Festival.
Actress Megan Brown nominated as Best Actress for Medium Short Films, Brightside Shorts Film Festival, August, 2018

Falling In Love A Coming Of Age Selfie Film:

Brightside Tavern Film Festival-March 2017- Best Experimental Film Nomination, Second Place Award as Best New Jersey Film Short
Grove Film Festival, Official Selection-May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival – Best Experimental Film nomination – May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival – Best Concept Film nomination – May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival – Megan Brown Rising Star Award – May 2017
Love Shorts Film Festival – Official Selection – February 2018


Official selection premiered at the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University on June 9th, 2018
Semi-finalist in the JELLY Fest Film Festival, June, 2018
Official selection for the Brightside Tavern Film Festival, early August, 2018


Official Selection for the Brightside Tavern Film Festival in early August, 2018

‘Secrets’ was selected for inclusion in “Passages: Women in Transition,” Women In Media – Newark’s 2018 Women’s History Month film festival, held on March 27 – April 5, 2018 at Rutgers University Newark, New Jersey, and at various satellite venues in the area.

‘Falling in Love, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film, is detailed in a new ebook: ‘A Selfie Film – Falling In Love’ by Dr. Holstein. This ebook presents issues and stories behind the creation of Dr. Holstein’s “selfie films”, which utilize cutting edge New Media technology. Topics and questions for discussion can be used by a parent and a child, or a group of hundreds as universal subjects of growing up and handling tough issues are presented.


Official selection at the One Minute Film Fest, Teaneck, New Jersey, August 8, 2018

Dr. Holstein was featured as an Entrepreneur in the Asbury Park Press, June 11, 2018.

Dr. Holstein makes a number of her books and films available to be used as fundraising tools. She requests that any verified charitable organization interested in raising funds contact her via email. She is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. More information is available at her website at

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness and a pioneer in Selfies as Film. Dr. Holstein’s Enchanted Self website was included as one of the best websites in positive psychology. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video ‘TED’ style talks on Happiness, Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Your Tango, Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.

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