CutFocus’s XIETY: ADAA Mental Health Awareness NAMED Silver Telly Winner in Non-Broadcast: Health and Wellness IN THE 42nd ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS

Silver Winner - The Telly AwardsWalnut Creek, California – May 28th, 2021 CutFocus announced today it’s XIETY: ADAA Mental Health Awareness has been named Silver Telly Winner in Non-Broadcast: Health and Wellness in the 42nd Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and including Netflix, Dow Jones, Duplass Brothers Productions, Complex Networks, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, Nickelodeon, ESPN Films, RYOT, Partizan and Vimeo.

XIETY explores the ways anxiety may feel for those who suffer from it through a visual journey in Val’s mind- XIETY. Val struggles to stay mentally present during a night out with friends. What may seem like a simple, fun, and relaxing night for others is physical and mental torture for Val. Her anxiety quickly builds up to a panic attack and she finds herself stuck in her mental world of Xiety. 

  • Director | Editor | Sound Designer: Carlos Torres
  • Director | Actress: Karen Torres
  • Director of Photography: Jake Slonecker

“In the face of a year like no other, CutFocus, Talent, & Crew has continued to defy the limitations of our new world, in continuing to create compelling and engaging work”, says Telly Awards Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “This year’s submissions doubled down on what we already know about the industry. Creativity cannot be stopped. Collaboration will always prevail. New ideas and stories will always find a way to break through to an audience.”


It’s amazing to see how much “XIETY” has connected with people in a short amount of time. I’ve learned a lot about myself being transparent about my anxiety. Anxiety isn’t something you should feel you need to keep hidden. The battle is easier when you don’t fight it alone. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this project a reality. We could not have made any of this happen without you. Everyone donated 100% of their time to make this vision into reality. -Carlos Torres 

Today’s winners announcement caps a year-long celebration of creators defying the limitations by embracing platforms to increase awareness about injustices and promote solidarity for movements, as well as geographical, like developing fully remote pipelines for dispersed teams.

This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories to reflect and celebrate new forms of producing work in light of the past months restrictions and limitations. New categories included Remote Production, Virtual Events & Experiences and an increase in animation categories.

Last year, The Telly Awards attracted more than 12,000 entries from top video content producers including Adobe, Adult Swim, the BBC, Condé Nast, J. Paul Getty Museum, PBS, Playstation, RadicalMedia, T Brand Studio, Ogilvy & Mather and The Walt Disney Company.

The full list of the 42nd Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at

CutFocus is an Award winning production company that offers services in video and photography for companies and organizations local to the Bay Area and nationally. They work closely with clients to create and produce content that is dynamic and engaging to their viewers. They Also specialize in narrative filmmaking.

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