Dream Nails

Short Film ©2019 / 10 minutes

When the growing hostility and negativity around Cindy (65) finally reaches the haven of her local nail salon, she decides to fight it with the magic of love.



Cindy - Cyndi Williams

Duc - Khoa Tien Dang

Lady in Red - Gayland Williams

Lady in Yellow - Jacqui Cross-Williams

Shop Owner - Nguyen Stanton

Male Pedicurist - Tuyen Quang Thái

Lady in Green - Manuela Rodriguez-Dantzler

Female Manicurist -Tiffany Nguyen

Lady in Pink - Gohe Tekeste

Female Pedicurist - Michelle Lê

Writer / Director: Katja Straub
Director of Photography: Huay-Bing Law
Production Designer: Nazanin Shirazi
Editor: Gal Yaron Mayersohn
Choreographer: Ellen Stader
Costume Designer: Colin Wilkes
Sound Designer: Brian Ramos

Producer Germany: Johanna Aust, FLICKFILM
Producer USA: Todd Ruhnau
Co-Producer: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Production funded by BKM and Austin Film Society


AUDIENCE AWARD at the Consonance Music and Dance Film Festival 2022

BEST MUSICAL COMEDY AWARD at the Consonance Music and Dance Film Festival 2022


by CineFem Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer, Punta del Este Uruguay



World premiere @ Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2019

Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg 2020

Dallas Videofest 2020

Achtung Berlin 2020

Internationales Filmfest Emden Norderney 2020 (canceled due to Corona)

Filmkunstfest MV, Schwerin 2020

Short Film Factory 2020

Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham USA 2020

VisioniCorte Festival,  Italy 2020

Cinefem, Punta del Este, Uruguay 2020

LatinUy 12, Uruguay 2020
Short Film Factory, (monthly screenings at multiple locations) 2020
Shortlisted for the Short of the Year Online Audience Award 2021

Festival de Lacoste, France 2021

Consonance Music & Dance Film Festival 2022