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Women In Film Spotlight: Multi-Award Winning Screenwriter Antoinette Fernandez

Antoinette Fernandez is a multi-award-winning screenwriter from Boston Massachusetts. She currently has 4 multi-award-winning projects "7 Evils", "Just By Chance", "Out On A Limb", and “Still Got The Juice “ circulating throughout the film festival circuit globally. She continues to walk her path to success by creating stories with the content of everyday life mixing truth with fiction for all cultures to enjoy. She is currently working on her documentary called (The Word Is Out — The Introduction 2 Still Got The Juice ) as well as an animated series called “ One Cruel Summer “ (Mason’s City) Antoinette remains humble, thankful and focused on bringing forth these project to an audience on a major network. In a 6-month time frame, she was awarded 66 awards combined with 4 multi-award-winning original projects globally, worldwide recognition, and opportunities that she can only say is all GODSPLAN.

Tammy Reese: What do you think you bring to the film industry that sets you apart?

Antoinette Fernandez: Hmmm, let’s see… I do my best to bring a breath of fresh air to what we already know but with a twist of my world combined. It’s important for me to always make sure I am not afraid to think outside of the box with my writing and to push the envelope while still keeping my audience engaged.

Tammy Reese: Your work has been included in many film festivals. How was your experience being a part of the NYC Hip Hop Film Festival?

Antoinette Fernandez: Yes, I’ve been in some amazing festivals across the globe.. which I am very honored and thankful for. In 2017 after receiving almost 70,000 non-paid views off the clip I wrote produced and filmed called Still Got The Juice, I took my film to the Hip Hop Film Festival and met C R Capers where they have different opportunities to better you as a filmmaker.

I’ve incorporated everything I’ve learned from her festival into my daily routine in regards to being a filmmaker, and 3 years later after learning from her festival and taking writing, acting, and directing classes on my own it has allowed me to excel in a way I could have never imagined. I truly appreciate her taking the time to teach me the ins and outs of the industry as well as putting me on a huge platform to showcase my work. I will forever be grateful to her for all she has done for me.

Tammy Reese: What are some of your dream film festivals you would like your work showcased at?

Antoinette Fernandez: Let’s see… I would say Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes. I believe this is every filmmaker's dream. Believe it or not, I worked at a place where one of my clients ran the Tribeca Film Festival and at the time I just started learning the ropes of filming. I remember picking his brain on what I would need to do to send our film in… and he was very honest ..he told me to first start submitting to the smaller festivals make a name for myself and then submit. Tammy Reese: What do you think are some advantages of being an independent screenwriter and filmmaker? Antoinette Fernandez: You have way more creative control. You are the go-to person for everything whereas once you're established and have investors with a bigger budget involved you have to be receptive to allowing and trusting their judgment with the team they build for you as well as putting your project on a much bigger platform. Tammy Reese: What is the best career advice you ever received?

Antoinette Fernandez: Never allow anyone to get in the way of your success.

Tammy Reese: Is there anything you think needs to be improved?

Antoinette Fernandez: There’s always room for improvement in all aspects of our lives. Though in regards to filmmaking, I am very consistent with studying different ways to improve my writing as well as directing. This is a formula that has helped me excel and be awarded 66 awards combined globally in 6 months for all 4 of my projects. Which is absolutely amazing!

Tammy Reese: What are you most proud of?

Antoinette Fernandez: Being able to inspire others. Yes, it’s exciting and a great feeling to be recognized and win a ton of awards… but when someone says Toni I watched your interview or I seen you perform or read your script and was totally inspired. That makes me so proud. There’s no better feeling than making someone who felt like throwing in the towel to be inspired to never give up.

Tammy Reese: What would you like to say to your supporters?

Antoinette Fernandez:I would like to say to my supporters thank you for keeping me inspired. Your kind words and the heartfelt stories you share with me are the very reason why I continue on my journey as a filmmaker. Though most of all I appreciate and thank each of you for your continued support. Stay blessed, Stay Humble, and NEVER GIVE UP! As I always say we know this is #allgodsplan.

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