What others say about WINK:

— Bill Pope (Director of Photography The Matrix, Jungle Book)

"Wink" brings a little something special to an ordinary day

by Reel Honest Reviews

"The story itself is beautiful and rich, but Petrillo’s attention to each and every detail make this short film quite remarkable. [..] I dare you not to have a smirk on your face as you watch the final scene."

“Wonderful job. I really enjoyed it!”
— David Lowery (Director Pete's Dragon, A Ghost Story)
Monika Petrillo directs Michael Chandler on set of Wink

Wink director tests waters of short films

by FF2 Media

"Petrillo’s 'Wink' is anything but indecisive and it has a naturalness with a sense of humor, but most importantly, she shows us the importance of making each day memorable."

“Petrillo directs with real poise”
— Screen Mayhem

Wink premieres at Dances With Films Festival

by South Pasadenan

"..Petrillo is overwhelmed and blessed by the way her community stepped in to help make it all happen.."


WINk at inaugural Cindependent film festival

by Women of Cincy

“..Monika Petrillo is well versed in the world of film…”

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Wink - Recommended

by South Pasadenan

"The film is grand scale beauty in a small, curated package; from the agile direction, to the enviable sets and gorgeous cinematography; [..] Add to that a perfect cast and Petrillo has given us something we could all use a bit more of; a moment of pure joy."

“Wonderfully understated and completely hilarious!”
— Paul Sloop (Short Films Programming Manager, Cleveland International Film Festival)

Wink - set for world premiere

by The Independent Critic

"..unique, inspired and immensely entertaining [..] If you're attending Dances With Films, Wink is definitely a short film you'll want to see."

“Director Monika Petrillo uses creativity to turn a wife’s normal day at home into a fun, flirtacious episode. Wink will make you want to wink.”
— Moviesandshakers.com

Dances With Films Five shorts reviews

by Why So Blu?

"Love this short involving an ailing wife’s journey going rogue, embracing herself and enjoy “against the norm” activities – women who take action kick ass."

“What a sensitive and beautiful way to tell a story about the need for connection.”
— Sandra Adair (Editor Boyhood)
Monika Petrillo at the Cleveland International Film Festival

Monika Petrillo at the Cleveland International Film Festival

Caitlin Brandes, Monika Petrillo with Audience Award Dances With Films

Best short film at Dances With Films 2017

by Why So Blu?

"With this inspired 'not knowing where it’s going to go next' piece written and directed by filmmaker Monika Petrillo (one to watch!), embracing a feminine spirit and celebrating what it feels like to be a woman unbridled, Wink is a short that fantastically puts females first."

“The film is beautiful - from direction to cinematography to music to performance.”
— Jim Kleverweis (Producer Silicon Valley)

South pasadenans come out to support Monika Petrillo's Wink

by South Pasadenan

"Monika Petrillo was completely overwhelmed when her film, WINK, took the coveted AUDIENCE AWARD at the Dances With Films festival in Hollywood last night"

“Solidly directed all around!”
— Tim Orr (Director of Photography Pineapple Express)

by South Pasadenan

"Since that time Petrillo has crisscrossed the globe as WINK has been selected at over a dozen film festivals and racked up prizes along the way."

A love child of PUZZLE and AMERICAN PIE!
— Short & Sweet film reviews