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26 SECONDS DOC

WeDidIt! We have completed production and we are honored to have won 15 awards for the 26 Seconds documentary short! We are now raising funding for post-production to complete the 26 Seconds feature documentary and doc series.

 

 
26 Seconds is a three-stage project that reveals the pandemic of child sex trafficking. The first stage was the documentary short that has won multiple awards.  The second stage will be a feature documentary including all 9 countries that we filmed: Thailand, Cambodia, India, Iraq, East Africa, Mexico, and the United States.  The third stage will follow with a dramatic doc-series highlighting the survivor stories only.  

​These intimate interviews include vivid details in the subjects' own voices how each victim was captured or lured into the sex trade, the horrors of their captivity, and the commitment of each individual and organization to get the survivors out at whatever cost. 26 Seconds sheds light on the nonprofit organizations, churches, and government agencies who are actively working to abolish this horrific practice. These organizations, among others, save victims from the debilitating effects of human trafficking. Thousands of children and women have been rescued by these organizations, but there are still millions in captivity. The documentary chronicles the efforts of our experts and their teams to rescue victims from this modern-day slavery and explores the major players perpetuating the sex trade, the living conditions of the enslaved at whose hands children face the most abuse, and the major obstacles our experts face in extricating victims from this bondage. Then, after exploring the interviews and heartbreaking video footage, we watch as survivors are rescued, restored by the non-profit organizations, and in some cases, reunited with their families.

​Galindo’s vision is to spread awareness and create a call to action by educating audiences and giving a voice to those who have been silenced. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing illegal industry in the world. There are more slaves today than any time in history.
 

Kelly Galindo, award-winning director, writer, and producer of 26 Seconds, has won the following prestigious awards: 

  • Indie Shorts Awards Cannes, 2021 (Winner - Best Documentary Short)
  • Accolade Global Film Competition, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short, Liberation - Social Justice - & Protest; Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers)
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short - Outstanding Excellence for Social Issues)
  • Impact Docs Awards, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short, Award of Merit, and Special Mention)
  • WRPN Women's International Film Festival, 2020 (Winner of Excellence)
  • International Independent Film Awards, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short/Gold Award; Best Director)
  • ​IndieFEST Film Awards, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short for Women Filmmakers and Award of Merit)
  • Global Shorts, 2020 (Winner - Documentary Short and Special Mention)
  • Best Shorts Competition, 2019 (Winner - Best Documentary Short and Award of Merit for Women Filmmakers)
  • One-Reeler, 2019 (Winner - Short Film Competition and Special Mention)
  • AIFA Fest, 2019 (Winner - Documentary Short and Cause-for-Change)

Officially selected for the following:

  • Flickfair On Demand Film Festival, 2021
  • That Film Festival – Cannes, 2020
  • Dances with Films Festival, Los Angeles, 2020
  • See It-End It Film and Arts Festival, 2020
  • Film-Com Packaging Financing & Distribution Market, 2020


These awards recognize film, television, and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. In winning these film festivals, 26 Seconds joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of these internationally respected awards. Entries are received from around the world, from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent, all of whom demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. Those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change help set the standard as power catalysts for global change. 

The 26 Seconds team is currently editing the feature documentary with three-time Emmy award-winner, Mark Wilcken as lead editor. The production will make a strong push for top-tier film festivals and create a robust PR campaign for the Academy Awards. Sid Ganis, the supervising producer for 26 Seconds, was the past president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences; he also served as chairman of the Academy’s International Outreach Committee until 2017. Ganis also worked on the board of directors at Marvel Entertainment until its sale to Disney. Ganis's film career in marketing and publicity includes working at 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Paramount Pictures. 

 

 
 
 
GIVE SURVIVORS A VOICE 
By donating you will help us complete the feature documentary to highlight survivor stories and the Non-profit organizations that are in the fight to eradicate global sex-trafficking.  
 
​CREATE AWARENESS
Together we can raise awareness of the non-profit organizations, crisis intervention teams, committed law enforcement and dedicated citizens fighting to eradicate global sex trafficking. 
 
​​CALL TO ACTION
Share the 26 Seconds documentary short and YouTube videos on social media.  Your support is the difference and the impact needed to defend and protect innocent children and women all around the world. 
 
 
“Film is my commitment to creating work that matters in our world, I wanted to film a documentary on global sex trafficking because it is a fast-growing and horrific industry that tragically affects every child and woman worldwide. We can either do something or nothing. I simply chose to do something with the resources and creative talent I possess and have access to as a professor in film. As a filmmaker, my intention was to tell the story. It was not possible to tell the story of human trafficking unless I visited the countries and met the victims trapped in the sex trade face-to-face – the pimps and madams who sell them, and the johns who buy them – but the true heroes are the nonprofit organizations that rescue, restore, and reintegrate these innocent children and young women. Creating awareness is not enough; a call to action is ALL of our responsibility. It will not only take an army of heroes but also a village of ordinary people like you and me.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EVERY CHILD COUNTS!
1.2 million children are trafficked every year. Some are coerced, manipulated, or kidnapped. Others are forced into it by close associates, like relatives, friends, boyfriends, and tragically sometimes even their own parents. While there can be complex cultural and economic motivations at play, the sex trade is predicated on one undeniable reality: every day around the world, countless boys and girls are bought and raped by grown men. Sex trafficking is a $150 billion dollar a year industry.
 
THE TIME IS NOW! 
Join us in Creating Awareness and a Call to Action! Together we can raise awareness of the non-profit organizations, crisis intervention teams, committed law enforcement teams, and dedicated citizens in the fight to eradicate global sex trafficking. Your support is the difference and the impact needed to defend and protect innocent children and women around the world.
 
THE CLOCK IS TICKING! 
Help us to complete post-production by becoming a Donor, a Sponsor, and/or an Ambassador! Please subscribe to the YouTube Channel to receive notifications of upcoming videos. 
 
 
DONOR: Any amount helps us to continue to move forward in the editing process. We're offering great incentives that would make perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays. Please see the incentives for further details! 
 
AMBASSADOR: Becoming an Ambassador is Co-partnering with 26 Seconds through the WeDidIt campaign, giving you the ability to create your own branch of the fundraising campaign to reach your family and friends. Donations will go directly toward the 26 Seconds feature documentary project to help us complete post-production. 
 
SPONSOR: Becoming a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Sponsor will help us complete the editing process and post-production. Besides receiving a Sponsorship credit, taking this level of action you will also receive an Associate Producer or Co-Producer credit on the 26 Seconds feature documentary. Please see the incentives for further details!
 
 
 
 
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$5,100 RAISED

$126,000 GOAL

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Days Left Believers Funded
Campaign ends 01/31/2022 at 11:59 PM (EST)