Elizabeth Yoder wins "Best Actor" at the 8th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival for her captivating portrayal of Grace in the short drama The Long Wait, written and directed by multi-award winner Wolfgang Bodison. Sparking high emotion amongst the festival's audience, The Long Wait also won the Ribaut Award for "Best Short Film." Festival winners included notables such as two-time Academy Award Winning editor Arthur Schmidt (Forest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.) Yoder was nominated again for “Best Actress” alongside screen icon Shirley MacLaine at the Hill Country Film Festival
The multi-faceted talents of Elizabeth Yoder are the focus of her life’s work as a filmmaker, philanthropist and storyteller.
Her journey to Hollywood began with humble origins. Born and raised in Indiana on her German/Swiss 1800’s family homestead, she was nurtured by devoted parents, five brothers, one sister and is a proud aunt of twenty-five nieces and nephews. Her ancestry hails from both the Amish and Mennonite lineage and lived in a community where television and radio was taboo. As she matured, she gradually became aware of a mysterious progressive world outside her strict upbringing and the faraway glow of television transformed into the beckoning lights of Hollywood. One day, Elizabeth mustered the courage to follow her inner calling and left the sheltered familiar home behind.
She found early success as a model, placing runner-up in the print modeling division at the International Modeling and Talent Association's yearly convention. Soon, she found herself working alongside notable producers and actors as well as some of the top figures from sports, fashion and music. Her tenure on the exclusive Sebastian/Trucco International Makeup Team brought her to Los Angeles where she began studying film and acting at the famed Playhouse West. Here, she found her artistic family and developed core skills for the stage and screen. As a long-standing Alumna, in between roles she continues to benefit from the tutelage of James Franco, Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie.
Elizabeth co-executive produced and starred in the original short film The Long Wait written and directed by multi-award winner Wolfgang Bodison. The Long Wait story is inspired by both Bodison and Yoder lives when they realized they shared similar tragic childhood wounds; loosing their father's to car accidents when they were both very young.
"For both of us, working on this project was a chance to explore the complex emotions that have been churning inside us since our worlds were turned upside down so many years ago. Grief, anger, resentment...: feelings that if not properly addressed, can fester into dysfunction and lead to a life of constant suffering."
The film has drawn numerous accolades and awards from festivals, including "Best Actress" at the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival, “Best Actor” at the 8th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival and the Ribaut Award for "Best Short Film", and “Best Director” at the 18th Annual Playhouse West Film Festival and Yoder was nominated again for “Best Actress” alongside screen icon Shirley MacLaine at the Hill Country Film Festival. The Long Wait is the latest in Elizabeth’s large body of work, which includes more than 80 credits as actor, writer, director and executive producer.
Additionally, Elizabeth devotes time as Founder of Elevating Hope, a charity organization that is dedicated to the support and empowerment of those whose emotional lives have been shattered by the death of someone close.