The following reviews we have received from film critics and festivals around the globe.

…This keenly affecting, eerily jarring, yet beautifully, impact fully orchestrated, awareness-raising 13-minute short film

short films matter say my name award winning short film

Short Film Matter – 4 star rating

A poignant drama, based on the real-life struggles of Melissa Baker (producer/co-writer), offers a raw and unflinching exploration of homelessness, abuse, and the indomitable human spirit. Quinn delivers a captivating and commendable portrayal of Mel, a young woman grappling with the harsh realities of life on the streets after being cast out by her abusive father.

The film’s deliberate use of minimal dialogue enhances its poetic and immersive quality, delving into themes of hopelessness, loneliness, and the complex layers of mental health crises resulting from sustained trauma. ‘Say My Name’ relies on a musical soundtrack to effectively convey the emotional nuances of the narrative, creating a powerful and heartbreaking atmosphere.

The cinematography by Zachary Peel-McGregor stands out for its exemplary framing, capturing both the despair and the resilience in Mel’s fight for survival. The film succeeds in shedding light on the often-overlooked issue of homelessness, offering a stark portrayal of the challenges and visual artistry, Nova’s [and Baker’s] film serves as a poignant reminder of the strength found within the human spirit even in the face of adversity.

Short Films Matter

“Say My Name” has received one of the highest ratings from the juries of the Newyorker Indie Critic’s Choice Awards. We appreciated both the cinematography and the screenplay in this short movie directed by Rhoyce Nova. 

“Say My Name” is a drama of high aesthetic value, with a screenplay concept that reveals an independent film team ready to transition to feature films. The cast introduces the world to young Australian actors Quinn Alice, James Ryan, and Jarrah Webster, who demonstrate great experience in front of the camera despite their young age. 

We at the Newyorker Indie Critic’s Choice Awards are grateful to the WILD FILMMAKER platform for bringing this small cinematic gem, “Say My Name,” to our attention. We encourage the courageous and inspired writer Mel Baker to continue her journey, and we are confident that we will continue to hear good things about her work.

June 2024

“An inspiring message at its core.
It includes some very strong ideas, along with excellent creative visualisation…

— London Global Film Awards

Read the full review of London Global Film Awards here.

“A profoundly moving and unflinchingly honest short film that dares to delve into the darkest corners of human experience while shining a light on the indomitable strength of the human spirit.”

— Best Damn Film Awards (Atlanta USA)

Read the full review of Best Damn Film Awards here.

“A short film that packs a powerful punch leaving a profound and lasting impact on its audience.”

— Robinson Film Awards (Italy)

Read the full review of Robinsons Film Awards here.

One-Reeler Short Film Competition

Judges stated “Well acted with many effective and beautiful compositions. The director does a good job of moving the camera and the score is generally excellent.” And “A powerful and convincing performance from the lead actress. With minimal dialogue, it’s a great example of impactful visual storytelling.”

Scores from Judges ranged from 8.5 to 10 in direction, editing, cinematography, performances, story, originality, sound, music, use of runtime and overall production.

Overall score for Say My Name (2023): 93%