In 2008, Fales’ short-film Gentle Ben won the Audience Choice Award and Honorable Mention in the LDS Film Festival. Gentle Ben was submitted to the 24-Hour Filmmaking Marathon Division of the festival. The guidelines for the division were that the entire film had to be made within a 24-hour period, carry a theme of compassion, use a band-aid as a prop, and incorporate the dialogue, “Could you please . . .”
In 2001, he was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant, which enabled his participation in the production the “Broadway Rhythm” cd.