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Keith Bearden's films have played and won awards at Sundance, SxSW, Seattle, Cannes (advertising), Deauville, PBS, HBO and Canal+.


He is a PEN, Guggenheim, Jerome Foundation, and two-time NYFA Fellowship winner, and his short film 'The Raftman's Razor' is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. 


PEN America Writing Award, 2020
Talent Campus, Berlinale, Feb 2015

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Video/Film, 2015
Media Arts Fellowship, Jerome Foundation, 2010
Silver Medal, Cannes Lions, 2008
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Screenwriting, 2008
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Filmmaking, 2008
Silver Medal, Chicago International Film Festival, 2008
Gold Medal, "Le Grand Prix Stratégies" Paris, 2007
Media Arts Fellowship, Jerome Foundation, 2006
Grand Jury Prize, RES Fest, 2005
Special Jury Prize, Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual, 2005
Gold Medal, Chicago International Film Festival, 2005
Grand Prize, IMAGO Film Festival, 2005
Silver Iris Award, Montreal Film Festival, 2005
Grand Jury Prize, Seattle International Film Festival, 2005
Golden Space Needle Award, Seattle International Film Festival, 2005
Special Jury Award for Originality, Florida Film Festival, 2005
Critic’s Prize, Festival du Court Metrage a Clermont-Ferrand, 2005
Jury Prize-Best Short, South By Southwest, 2005
Winner, Showtime Tony Cox Memorial Screenwriting Award, 2005


Director/Writer, "ANTARCTICA" Digital video, 84 mins, 2020. Two life-long best friends face a tidal wave of adult pressures and problems as they face down their last year of high school in small-town USA.

Director/Writer, “No Costume No Candy” Digital video, 13 mins. 2017. Two teen girls experience growing pains on final night of Halloween trick or treating.

Director/Co-Writer, “How to Get Rich in 13 Easy Steps” 35mm, 5 mins, 2014. A naïve office worker follows the advice of a “get rich quick” motivational speaker and winds up in prison. 

Director/Writer, “Meet Monica Velour” 35mm, 98 mins, 2010. 
Starring Kim Cattrall, Keith David, Brian Dennehy. A misfit teen journeys cross-country to meet a forgotten sex symbol from the 1970s, now a bitter 50 year-old divorcee fighting for custody of her young child.

Director/Co-writer, “Train Town” 35mm, 15 mins, 2007.
A culture war in miniature as two middle-aged men battle over the layout of the tiny town in their model train shop. 

Director/Co-writer, “The Raftman’s Razor” 35mm, 7 mins, 2004.
A Zen/existentialist fable about two boys fascinated by a comic book hero with no superpowers. He only wakes, shaves, thinks a philosophical thought, and drifts alone at sea.

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