Yael Deynes

Yael Deynes

Lorn Films
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Long Beach, California

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About Yael

Yael entered the film industry in 2015 with his first screenplay, “175.” which has won 22 awards, including the PARIS INTL FILM FESTIVAL, LOVE WINS FILM FESTIVAL, and THE GOLDEN SCRIPT COMPETITION. His work caught the eye of MARSHA POSNER WILLIAMS, a two-time EMMY and three-time GOLDEN-GLOBE-winning producer. Williams produced his directorial debut, “MY SECRET LAKE,” which picked up an SFAAF Award and is distributed on AMAZON PRIME VIDEO.

In 2017, due to Hurricane Maria’s damage inflicted on Puerto Rico, he was inspired to create a cinematic message of hope for the island entitled, “WHO WE ARE,” which won an award at the MY HERO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL and a TELLY AWARD. The short film has amassed millions of views on social media and was broadcast to 20,000 attendees during the Puerto Rican benefit concert, “SOMOS UNO.” Deynes began work on the documentary “NUESTRAS HISTORIAS” in 2018 and launched the project by documenting interviews with Puerto Ricans affected by the hurricane.

In late 2018 he wrote and directed the short films “CAN YOU SEE ME? “and “URGES,” winning several awards both produced by Williams. In 2019, Deynes began work on the screenplay S.T.A.R. (The story of SYLVIA RIVERA and MARSHA P. JOHNSON). The script has won 27 awards, among them QUEER WRITES, LONDON INTL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION, NY SCRIPT AWARDS, and LOS ANGELES INTL UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL.

In just seven short years, Deynes has accomplished 17 SHORT FILMS two documentaries, has written five feature screenplays, and has garnered over 60 AWARDS for his films and screenplays worldwide.

Entirely self-taught, Deynes attributes his knack for storytelling to his grandmother’s vivid tales and the everlasting desire to do the right thing.

Loglines

  • Gardenias

    Gardenias Drama Covid, Love, Family, and politics.

Credits

  • 175

    175 (2023)
    Film by Lorn Films (Drama and Biography) Writer/Producer The Holocaust and the extermination of Jews began in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. During that same period in history, a little-known law branded as “Paragraph 175” was implemented. “175” meant anyone could be arrested, tortured, sent to concentration camps, and killed if the Nazis even suspected you of being a part of the LGBTQ community. This was the only Nazi law kept by the German government. Paragraph 175 would not be repeal until 1994.

  • S.T.A.R.

    S.T.A.R. (2023)
    Drama by Philmco Media (Drama and History) Writer/Producer Following the Stonewall riots, Trans-activists Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson opened S.T.A.R. house, the first LGBTQ+ youth shelter in the world. Soon after, they’re faced with the reality that their battle for equality had to be waged on two fronts.

  • Our stories/Nuestras Historias

    Our stories/Nuestras Historias (2022)
    Documentary by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer Filmmaker Yael Deynes takes you inside the lives of the people of Puerto Rico before, during and after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

  • Can You See Me?

    Can You See Me? (2020)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer After the funeral of their mother, siblings Daniel and Karen are forced to confront a past that Karen can’t stop reliving and one that Daniel barely remembers.

  • Urges

    Urges (2020)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Comedy) Director/Writer/Producer On the day that marks the 7th year of Carlos’ journey to achieving priesthood, he receives a surprise visit that could challenge his decision.

  • E Pluribus Unum (Out Of Many, One)

    E Pluribus Unum (Out Of Many, One) (2020)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films Director/Writer/Producer

  • A Beautiful Day

    A Beautiful Day (2019)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer I used to wake up every morning and say to myself it's going to be A beautiful day. Now, The only thing I wish for is to wake up and once again say to myself, it's going to be A beautiful day.

  • La Pasión De Puerto Rico

    La Pasión De Puerto Rico (2019)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer

  • Legacy

    Legacy (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer History is a footprint for us to trace, and learn from. Have we learned anything yet? "Legacy" remind us of a no so distant past and the future we should strive for.

  • I Am

    I Am (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer

  • Thank U

    Thank U (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Short) Director/Writer/Producer

  • Our Roots

    Our Roots (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer Filmmaker Yael Deynes, takes you in an inspirational journey about His roots and what it means to be proud of them.

  • My Secret Lake

    My Secret Lake (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer (Based on a true story) When Cristian invites Angel to his home after not seeing him for a year, his plans to remember happy become overshadowed by the scars of a troubled past.

  • Shine

    Shine (2017)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer "Shine" highlights, the resilience of the Puerto Rican spirit. And no matter how dark things get, you should never forget the light inside of you.

  • One voice

    One voice (2017)
    Film by Lorn Films (Short) Director/Writer/Producer Filmmaker Yael Deynes teams up with Boricua activate in this inspiring video about the power that one voice can make.

  • Who we Are

    Who we Are (2017)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer Not knowing the fate of his mother after hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Filmmaker Yael Deynes put his plight a side and use his energy, to create this inspiring video to remind the people of Puerto Rico, their resilience and above all "Who We Are"

  • 175 The Journey

    175 The Journey (2016)
    Documentary by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer This incredible Journey showcases life for the LGBTQ community before, during and after the defeat of the Third Reich. "175 The Journey" is an emotional documentary about Yael's fight to give back all of these victims the voice that hate and ignorance took away.

Awards

  • Winner, Queer Writes, Best Feature Screenplay "S.T.A.R."
    (2022)

  • Winner, Paris Film Awards, Best Feature Screenplay "S.T.A.R".
    (2022)

  • Winner, Hollywood Gold Awards, Best Feature Screenplay "S.T.A.R."
    (2022)

  • Nominee, You Film Fest International (Washington DC) "Can You See Me?"
    (2021)

  • Nominee, Love Wins Festival best screenplay of the year. (New York) "S.T.A.R"
    (2021)

  • Nominee, Bridge Fest, best screenplay of the year.(Vancouver Canada) "Gardenias"
    (2021)

  • Nominee, Bridge Fest, best screenplay of the year.(Vancouver Canada) "S.T.A.R"
    (2021)

  • Nominee, Genre Celebration Festival best feature screenplay (Tokyo Japan) "Gardenias"
    (2021)

  • Winner S. R. F. A Cannes, best screenplay of the year(Cannes French Riviera) "175"
    (2021)

  • Finalist Hollywood Intern, Golden Age Festival Best Script of the year (New York)"175"
    (2021)

  • Honorable Mention Best Script Award Best Script Of The Year ndo(Lon) "175"
    (2021)

  • Official Selection Borrego Springs Film Festival (California) "Can You See Me?"
    (2021)

  • Winner North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Best Script "S.T.A.R
    (2021)

  • Official Crown Selection Best Screenplay Queen Palm Inter Film Festival (Palm Springs CA) "S.T.A.R"
    (2021)

  • Winner, Siren Screenwriting Festival Best Feature Screenplay (Sydney) "S.T.A.R"
    (2021)

  • Official Selection Chicago Indie Film Awards Best Script Of The Year "175"
    (2021)

  • Official Selection CIRT Festival Of Toronto Best Feature Screenplay "175"
    (2021)

  • Winner Paris Film Festival Best Original Screenplay (Paris France) "175"
    (2021)

  • Winner TMFF Film Festival, Best Feature Screenplay Glasgow Scotland "175"
    (2021)

  • Winner, Best Film Awards, Best Feature LGBTQ+ Screenplay, London S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Finalist, Canadian Diversity Film Festival Best Screenplay S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Official Selection Montreal Independent Film Festival Best Unproduced Script "175"
    (2021)

  • Official Selection Amsterdam World International Film Festival Best Screenplay "175"
    (2021)

  • Finalist Athens International Art Film Festival Best Original Screenplay "175"
    (2021)

  • Nominated Golden Nugget International Film Festival London Best Feature Screenplay S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Finalist Toronto Film Magazine Fest Best Screenplay S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Winner Screen Power Film Festival London Best Feature Screenplay S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Winner Love wins International Film Festival Best Original Screenplay "175"
    (2021)

  • Nominated Paris Film Festival Best Screenplay S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Winner London International Screenwriting Competition best screenplay S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Nominated Paris Play Film Festival best screenplay S.T.A.R.
    (2021)

  • Winner, The Golden Script Competition, The Golden List "175"
    (2021)

  • Winner, South Film and Arts Academy Festival , Best Comedy Short film(Chile) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Nominated, Miami Independent Film Festival (Florida) "Can You See Me?"
    (2020)

  • 2nd place, CFIFF Changing Face International Film Festival (Australia) "Can You See Me?"
    (2020)

  • Winner, SFAAF International Film Festival , Best Screenplay In A Short Film (Chile) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner, SFAAF International Film Festival, Best Team Performance In A Short film (Chile) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner, SFAAF International Film Festival, Best Sound Design In A Short Film (Chile) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner, SFAAF International Film Festival, Best Costume Design In A Short Film (Chile) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Semi Finalist Stage 32 Feature Drama Screenwriting Contest (Los Angeles) "175"
    (2020)

  • Winner, SFAAF International Film Festival, Best Drama Short Film (Chile) "Can You See Me?
    (2020)

  • Winner, SFAAF International Film Festival, Best Art Direction Short Film (Chile) "Can You See Me?
    (2020)

  • Semi Finalist, Hollywood Jumbo International Screenplay Festival (Los Angeles) "175"
    (2020)

  • Official Selection, Buenos Aires International Film Festival (Argentina) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Official Selection, Lit Laughs International Film Festival (England) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Official Selection, Girona International Film Festival (Spain) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Official Selection, Great Lakes International Film Festival (Pennsylvania) "Can You See Me"
    (2020)

  • Finalist, Sherman Oaks Film Festival Screenplay Festival (Los Angeles) "175"
    (2020)

  • Official Selection, SoCal Film Awards (Los Angeles) "Can You See Me"
    (2020)

  • Official Selection, Tallgrass Film Festival (Kansas) "Can You See Me"
    (2020)

  • Official Selection, Studio City Intern Film & TV Festival (Los Angeles) "Can You See Me"
    (2020)

  • Finalist, Near Nazareth Festival best screenplay (Israel) "175"
    (2020)

  • Winner, World Film Fest best comedy short film (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner, World Film Fest Best Short Screenplay (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner WFF Best Music Score Short Film (Angel Vazquez) Dubai, United Arab Emirates "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner WFF Best Actor Short Film (Jerry Campisi) Dubai, United Arab Emirates "Urges"D
    (2020)

  • Winner WFF Best Actress Short Film (Marnee Carpenter) Dubai, United Arab Emirates "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner Best Editing Short Film (Sebastian Enamorado) Dubai, United Arab Emirates "Urges"
    (2020)

  • Winner Gold Award Spotlight Film Awards (Atlanta) "Can You See Me?"
    (2020)

  • Finalist The Next Level Intern, Film Festival Best comedy short film "Urges" (Sydney Australia)
    (2020)

  • Winner, Telly Award "Who We Are"
    (2019)

  • Winner, My Hero International Film Festival (Los Angeles) "Who We Are"
    (2018)

  • Winner, South Cinematographic Academy Film & Arts Best LGBTQ (Chile) "My Secret Lake"
    (2018)

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