Awards and Kudos

Our thanks to the judges who have considered our offerings and selected them from among so many outstanding possibilities. We are so grateful for your vote of confidence. The accolades below are divided by area - film, books, apps, music, and web. (For 10+ years old archive, click here).


Fiona, A Screenplay Screenplay - 2020

A screenplay based on a book by Lauren Speeth.

Team: Screenplay is an adaptation of the novel Thread for Pearls, A Story of Resilient Hope by Lauren Speeth. See the Books section for details.

  • 2020 - Best Feature Screenplay - Christian Film Festival
  • 2020 - Best Feature Screenplay - Festigious Film Festival
  • 2020 - Best Feature Screenplay - Los Angeles Film Awards
    "Fiona is well written and very engaging. Excellent work!" - LA Film Awards
  • 2020 - Finalist - Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Festival, California Women's Film Festival, Circa 2019 Historical Screenplay Competition
  • 2020 - Semi-Finalist - Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards
  • 2020 - Official Selections: Historical Screenplay Competition, Salty Earth Film Festival, Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards, Atlanta International Film Awards, Drama Inc. Screenplay Awards, Sacramento International Film Festival

Film / 3D

Power of Water Documentary – 2021

Elfenworks Productions provided footage and audio editing for the film, and has been awarded Best Documentary at the Indie Online Film Award and Best Short Film on Environment and Sustainability at the One Earth Awards. It was a winner in both the nature and educational categories at the White Unicorn International Film Festival, was a Finalist at the Ocean Beach Film Festival, and was a Semi-Finalist at the Asian Rivers Film Festival. It also garnered Official Selections at the Sustainable Stories and Brussels Capital Film Festivals.

  • 2021 - Best Documentary, Short Film - Indie Online Film Award
  • 2021 - Best Short Film on Environment & Sustainability - One Earth Awards
  • 2021 - Award Winner for Nature & Educational Categories - White Unicorn International Film Festival
  • 2021 - Finalist, Best Short - Ocean Beach Film Festival
  • 2022 - Finalist - The Golden Hour Film Festival
  • 2021 - Semi-Finalist, International Best Short Films & General Films (Length Features, Animation, Clips) - Asian Rivers Film Festival
  • 2021 - Official Selection - Sustainable Stories Film Festival
  • 2021 - Official Selection - Brussels Capital Film Festival

The Power of Environment Documentary – 2022

A film by The National Ecological and Naturalistic Center for Student Youth of The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine with thanks to Elfenworks Productions LLC. Lauren Speeth, Assistant Director. John Watkins, editing and mastering. Tim Azzaria, cinematography (USA). Save the planet. Help the environment. Respect nature. Children's questions catalyze discussion, as educators and naturalists explore consumerism, resource extraction, the consequences of pollution, and the immediacy of the need for action. Information-filled but upbeat, this film touches the heart while including actionable ideas. Together, we can make a difference. Ukrainian and English.

  • 2022 - Award Winner for Nature & Educational Categories - White Unicorn International Film Festival
  • 2022 - Award Winner for Educational Film - Christian Online Film Festival
  • 2022 - Finalist - Vesuvius International Film Festival
  • 2022 - Official Selection - Iconic Images Film Festival
  • 2022 - Official Selection - Golden Harvest Film Festival
  • 2022 - Official Selection - San Diego Movie Awards
  • 2022 - Official Selection - Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival
  • 2022 - Official Selection - Arizona Faith & Family Film Festival
  • 2022 - Official Selection - LA Independent Women Film Awards

Thread for Pearls Promo Trailer for Novel – 2018

Thread for Pearls, A Story of Resilient Hope is an award-winning novel available now at online vendors in print, e-book and audiobook formats.

A near-death experience in a car with her Mother; running from tear gas at a Vietnam War rally hand-in-hand with her Pop; a year in India learning side-by-side the country's 'untouchables;' the highs and lows of living on a rural Pennsylvania commune... and all before Fiona Sprechelbach's thirteenth birthday. Set during one of the most politically divisive eras in American history, Thread for Pearls is a coming of age tale that takes us on a young heroine's journey to faith and freedom amidst a turbulent family dynamic.

  • 2022 - Award Winner for Best Trailer - Iconic Images Film Festival

Grow Music Video – 2020

"Grow" is a music video featuring violin, piano and percussion. The original composition, by pianist Tammy Hall, was written as one of the tracks for "Rejuve II," a CD with a soothing intent, especially suitable for those with health challenges. The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios in 2006 but the footage was never before released. The footage was unearthed and edited together at the start of the U.S. Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns in 2020 when it seemed fitting to revisit this healing/soothing project in an effort to spread some hope and healing in challenging times.

  • 2022 - 3rd Best International Music Video, 3rd Best American Music Video, 3rd Best Instrumental Music Video, Best Covid-19 Theme Music, 2nd Best Cinematographer - Malabar Music Festival
  • 2022 - Finalist - Only The Best International Film Awards
  • 2022 - Official Selection - Iconic Images Film Festival

Exploring Hope for Better Times Documentary Feature – 2018

A film by Lauren Speeth. Assistant Director, Kelly Madsen Shaw.

Feat: The Miners for Hope, footage from Elfenworks Foundation archives, and "Gems of Wisdom" from all over the world. Cinematography: Tim Schaller, John Watkins, and Ehman Productions. Our Animated Logos: Tim Schaller. Film Editing, Animation, and Sound Design: Janice Rivera. Mixing and Mastering: John Watkins. Art Direction: Mike Dalling.

  • 2018 - Winner – Best Host in a Documentary – Colorado International Activism Film Festival – July, 2018
  • 2018 - Winner – 4th Place in the Documentary Short Category – The International Indie Gathering – July, 2018
  • 2018 - Winner – Best Documentary Feature & Best Woman Director – Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival – May, 2018
  • 2018 - Best Inspirational Film – Festigious International Film Festival – May, 2018
  • 2019 - Official Selection – Jamaica International Faith Film Festival – February/March, 2019
  • 2019 - Excellence Award – Inspired Faith Film Festival – May, 2019
  • 2019 - Award of Excellence – Depth of Field Film Festival – June, 2019

Ireland, The Celtic Way 3D Feature - 2013

A film by Lauren Speeth.

Team: Cinematography, Editing, and CGI graphics: Tim Schaller. Production Assistant: Kelly Madsen. Illustrations: Kale Barker, Tim Boxell, Mike Dalling, and Kelly Madsen. Art Direction: Mike Dalling. Stereo Photographs: Donal Murphy. Score and original Music: Josh Workman. Feat: Br. Ron Gallagher, FSC, Ph.D., Fr. Peter McVerry, Nóirín Ní Riain, Seán Ó Duinn. Technical Advisor: Elyssa Davalos. Sound Editor / Mastering: John Watkins.

  • 2018 - Best Educational Film, Best Documentary, Best Producer (Lauren Speeth); Best Cinematography (Tim Schaller, Donal Murphy); Best Artwork (Mike Dalling, Kelly Madsen, Tim Boxell, Kale Barker); Inspire Award (Elyssa Davalos, Ronald Galagher, Peter McVerry, Nóirín Ní Riain, Seán Ó Duinn, Christopher Speeth) - Christian Film Festival in Newport News, VA, and the Christian Online Film Festival
  • 2013 - Best Documentary, Official Selection, and Screening - The Los Angeles 3D Film Festival (LA 3DFF)
  • 2013 - Selected for Screening at the SF Irish Cultural Center and at St. Mary's College of California

What Green Can Be Documentary Short - 2013

A film by Lauren Speeth.

Team: Editing and Animations: Janice Rivera. Cinematography: Kelly Madsen, Janice Rivera, Tim Schaller, Lauren Speeth. Score and original music: Josh Workman. Art Direction: Mike Dalling. Historic Earth Day Footage courtesy Christopher Speeth. Additional Photography: Mike Dalling, Ryan Paul. Feat: Michael Brownrigg, Melina Copass, Tony Tam, others. For full credits, see film ending.

  • 2014 - Official Selection and Screening, Sedona Film Festival Sedona Green - screening February 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. & March 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
  • 2013 - Selected for Airing - Marin TV December 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. & December 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
  • 2013 - Winner - Davey Award (Silver)

The Healer's Path Video-based Class - launched as a course 2019

Author/Director/Narrator: Lauren Speeth. Editing and Animation: Janice Rivera. Art Direction: Mike Dalling

  • 2019 - 21st Annual Communicator Awards of Distinction for Online Video and for Webinar

Books / Titles

Thread for Pearls, A Story of Resilient Hope Novel - 2018

A book by Lauren Speeth

Team: Editing: Lisa Watson and Marian Sprague. Art Direction and Production Aspects: Mike Dalling. A work of historical fiction, written by Lauren Speeth.


Intelligence & Compassion in Action - The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs Book - 2012

A book by Lauren Speeth

Editor: Lisa Watson. Graphic Design and Production: Mike Dalling. Various translators (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian)

  • 2014 - Winner - Living Now Books Award Gold
  • 2014 - Recommended Read - US Review of Books

eMinistry: Virtual Pathways for Spiritual Leadership: Taking Evangelism into the Cyber Frontier Self-help / Textbook - 2013

A book by Lauren Speeth, edited by Sheri Davenport

Graphic Design and Production: Mike Dalling

  • 2018 - Christian Book Award Winner (Gold)
  • 2015 - eLit Award Gold in the category of Religion (Eastern / Western)


The Breathing Butterfly - A Project of The Elfenworks Foundation Stress - buster

Team: Concept, Script, and Butterfly Song: Lauren Speeth. Developers: Niilo Tippler & Chris Tokunaga, Tip-Tok. Original Design: Mike Dalling. Sound Recording, Original Music, Mixing, Mastering, Guitar: Josh Workman. Project Manager: Nelly Baumb. SQA: Devon Filo. For full credits, including translations, see project detail page.


Pastor Fish Bible Basics for the Young at Heart

Team: Concept, Script, and Voice of Pastor Fish: Lauren Speeth. Developers: Niilo Tippler & Chris Tokunaga, Tip-Tok. Original Design: Mike Dalling. Music, Sound Recording, Audio Mixing, Mastering: Josh Workman. Music Performance: Commodore Callahan Band. Project Manager: Kelly Shaw. SQA: Devon Filo. For full credits, including translations, see project detail page.

  • 2019 - Best Children's App - KAPi Awards
  • 2019 - Favorite Things by Kidz Matter
    "My girls have these on their iPad. I downloaded and checked it out. I'm always looking for something new, fresh, and if you teach toddlers, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, you could use that with your iPad." - Ryan from Kidz Matter


Ribbons & Bows, American Women in Violin History Podcast - 2018

Team: Writer: Lauren Speeth. Project Manager: Kelly Shaw. Research: Devon Filo. Male VOs: Mike Dalling, Don Kane, Josh Workman. Editing, Mixing, Mastering: Josh Workman. For additional credits visit project detail page or tune in to the podcast.

  • 2018 - Selected for feature at Gala Opening for the Community Women's Orchestra Soiree - June 10, 2018

Rejuve I & II [Soothing Music CD Releases] - Ongoing

Team: Commodore Callahan Band. Lauren Speeth, Producer. For Rejuve II, features Don Kane (clarinet), Josh Workman (guitar), and others. See detail page for full credits.

  • 2007 - Rejuve I was Editor's Pick, Body & Soul Magazine - "On the transporting CD Rejuve, jazz pianist Tammy Hall breaks from the tradition of performing covers and plays mesmerizing songs she composed with the express intention of helping listeners recuperate from illness." - July, 2007
  • Both CDs have been used as fundraisers/giveaways by various nonprofits, including the Greater Bay Area Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Package of Prevention, and UCSF's Springer Laboratory

Resurrection Music Video Music Video – 2010

Team: Cinematography: Kelly Seldan. Editing/Animation: Jules Marino. Accolades: Aired as part of a fundraiser telethon for Peter Young Housing Industry and Treatment (

  • 2010 - Official Selection and Honorable Mention at the Awareness Festival in Santa Monica, California - May 23, 2010

Rough Justice Music Video – 2009

Team: A film by Lauren Speeth. Lyrics: Lauren Speeth. Music Josh Workman. Cinematography: Mike Dalling, Lauren Speeth, Ken Tam. Photography: Sheila Price, Ken Tam, Janice Rivera. Commodore Callahan Stills Courtesy Boys Hope Girls Hope San Francisco. Barbed Wire as Sheet Music Animation: Mike Dalling. Editing: Janice Rivera. Studio recording, San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, September 2009. Band: Commodore Callahan (Alison Lewis, lead vocals backed up by Josh Workman and Lauren Speeth. Josh Workman, guitar, synth. Don Kane, bass). Mixing: Josh Workman and John Watkins. Mastering: John Watkins.

  • 2018 - Official Selection & Screening, Colorado International Activism Film Festival - July, 2018
  • 2018 - Aired on Denver TV - July 13, 2018

Web Digital inspiration and online resource - 2009

Copywriting & Concept: Lauren Speeth. Graphic Design: Mike Dalling.

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  • 2013 - W3 Award Gold for Religion & Spirituality
  • 2013 - W3 Award Silver for Copy / Writing
  • 2010 - Summit Creative Award Bronze