Crystal Kayiza’s “See You Next Time,” a short film about a Chinese American nail technician and her black client, took home the grand prize in TheWrap’s Telling Our Stories short film competition.
The contest, presented by WrapWomen and Starz, focuses on female-made nonfiction films that highlight themes relevant to womanhood. Kayiza was presented with the prize by Starz chief marketing officer Alison Hoffman at the Wrap Women 2019 Power Women Summit on Friday.
“See You Next Time” is an exploration of the intimate moments between a nail technician and her client in a Brooklyn salon, providing a nuanced look at how two women of color see each other in a unique space.
The grand prize winner was selected by curated group of six industry experts: Starz Senior Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey, Starz Senior Vice President of Unscripted Programming Alice Dickens-Koblin, The Wrap’s founder and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman, TheWrap’s Senior Awards Editor Steve Pond and Winnie Bailey, who most recently served as SVP of television development at Super Deluxe.
The six finalists will all receive distribution on Starz, with Kayiza also taking home the competition’s $10,000 grand prize.