Marley Cabral who played Emma in Tuned In has been recognized for her performance in the short film with a nomination for Best Actress in a Short Film (Age 16 category) at The MICs International Awards Gala For Youth on May 27th, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Miss Cabral has been having some success lately at some of the festivals that Tuned in has been entered into. Most recently she secured a nomination at the International Christian Film Festival.  She also got a “Selection for Best Actress Award” from Chautauqua International Film Festival. She has also won two awards; a Best Junior Actress award from the 2016 Bakker International Film Festival and Best Teen Actress from the 2016 Christian Online Film Festival.



Cabral is a London, Ontario native who relates to the story. Cabral like many other teens, these days relies on her smart phone as her “connection” to the world and friends. “I relate to Emma, in that I know exactly what she is going through in the film”, says Cabral. She goes on to say “phones are the lifeline of all teenagers at this age. We all are so connected to our devices” adds Cabral.   Tuned In deals with family, relationships cell phones and communication.  “Finding the right frequency on a radio is crucial to hearing the program that is on the air. The same is true for relationships”, says the films director Matthew Marshall.



The film is a story about Emma, a teenager who disobeys dinner table rules of her parents and gets grounded until she learns to get priorities straight and learns the value of relationships.  “A major part of the story deals with the frustration of Emma’s parents and friend Stacey, none of whom can seem to get ‘tuned in’ to Emma’s frequency and break her connection with her cell phone”, adds Marshall.   Marshall feels this film is a great discussion starter if you want to bring the device dependency issue to the table… and, the moral of the story is just breathtaking.


Cabral has been keep herslef busy since filming of Tuned In with other productions. She has been perfroming in shows for Orgininal Kids Theatre company in London, Ontario. Cabral has also been a part of the cast for Marshall’s newest short film under the banner of his production company called Malicious Attack which is about bullying. Cabral plays the role of Brittany De Silva who is an associate of the bully played by Elina Lattanzio. The cast also features Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, and Dina Jasim


All the nominations for the MIC’s International Awards Gala For youth can be found at


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