Illuminating social change.
 
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OUR STORY

Candescent Films supports documentaries and films that illuminate social issues. Lilly Hartley founded Candescent in 2010 to champion actors and filmmakers committed to raising awareness through compelling character-driven stories.  Candescent partners with organizations that cultivate filmmakers and documentaries. In partnership with Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film Institute, Lilly created the Candescent Award. The Hamptons Film Festival Summer Docs series hosted by Alec Baldwin is sponsored by Candescent.

 
 
 
 
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OUR FOUNDER

Lilly Hartley was inspired to launch Candescent Films, combining her passion for film and her desire to make a positive difference in the world. Lilly received a Goya Award, Spain’s Oscar equivalent, with Javier Bardem for producing Sons of the Clouds. Among many films, she is an Executive Producer of The Queen of Versailles, Spirt Award nominee The Departure, and Emmy Award nominated Private Violence. She produced the Webby nominated short film starring Elle Fanning, Likeness. She is an Executive Producer of Sundance Film Festival hits such as Trophy, Generation Wealth, and Who is Dayani Cristal? starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

Lilly’s many supported films include Academy Award Shortlisted Charm City, Art and Craft, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, and Academy Award Nominated Cartel Land.  Lilly supported Emmy Award winning Solitary and Spirit Award nominees After Tiller, Gideon's Army. 

Lilly is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America, and was named to Marie Claire's New Guard List of the "50 Most Connected Women in America." Lilly attended Deerfield Academy and recently won the prestigious alumni 'Ashley Award.' She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Stony Brook University. Lilly completed the two year acting program with the late William Esper at William Esper Studio. Lilly is based in New York. 

 
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FESTIVALS

 
 
 
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AWARDS

 

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED
Cartel Land

ACADEMY AWARD SHORTLIST
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
Art and Craft
Charm City

GOYA AWARD
Sons of the Clouds

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
Cartel Land
E-Team
Fed-Ep
Gideon’s Army
How to Change the World
(T)error
The Queen of Versailles
The Wolfpack
Who is Dayani Cristal?

SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATED
After Tiller
Gideon’s Army
(T)error
The Departure

EMMY AWARD WINNER
After Tiller
Solitary

EMMY AWARD NOMINATED
1971
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
Cartel Land
Escape Fire
E-Team
Fed Up
Gideon’s Army
Private Violence
Racing Extinction

 
 
 
 
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 FILMS

 
 
 
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