Kelsea Ballerini has earned three Telly awards for her self-directed short film, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.
Ballerini was honored with two Gold statues for her work as a director and creator of the short film in their General Music category, as well as a Silver Award in the Social Video Category. She created Rolling Up The Welcome Mat as a deeper tableau to capture and convey the emotions that went into writing and recording her Rolling Up The Welcome Mat EP. Filmed in a minimalist environment, the 20-minute video struck a nerve with fans and music critics alike.
The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks and production companies including Adobe, BBC World Service, Netflix, Dow Jones, Complex Networks, Jennifer Garner, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Society, ESPN Films, RYOT, Partizan and Vimeo.
“Music and songwriting are what I feel most compelled in life to create, but for this EP, I was intrigued to take it one step further by writing and directing this short film,” says Ballerini. “The songs are so autobiographical to my life, and it was scary to put those songs in focus visually, but the reaction from viewers and today’s recognition from The Telly Awards really assures me that it’s okay to make bold moves musically and creatively.”
“The caliber of the work this season coming from creators such as Kelsea Ballerini truly has reflected the theme of breaking out and standing out,” says Tellys Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues, and companies big and small are turning to more sustainable practices to break the cycle of past production processes.”
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