Ryans has screened in over 15 film festivals worldwide and has won a jury award for Best North American Short Film.
"It’s a familiar scene: Girl meets Boy, set up by a matchmaker friend. Girl freaks out because Boy has the same name (Ryan) as the man who just broke her heart. Girl dresses down Boy for an offense beyond his control. Will they reconcile? Actor and director Rain Valdez’s funny and poignant short film proceeds through tried-and-true tropes; miscommunication, misdirection, and a reconciliation that foretells a bright future for two very attractive people. Clocking in at 14 minutes, Ryans is exactly the length most rom-coms should be. And with its strong performances, Ryans presents romantic engagement as something we all seek and deserve, gender identity be damned." - Roula Seikaly, KQED Arts