*Short films from South Africa, Canada and the U.S.A. win the 2nd annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival (ILICFF) honors for “Best Film Made BY Kids,” “Best Film Made FOR Kids,” “Film Festival Choice” Award and “Most Uplifting Film” Award sponsored by the 19th annual “Uplifting Minds II entertainment conference.
The five day event presented by The Baltimore Times foundation Times Community Services and Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, started at the Maryland Film Festivals SNF Parkway Theatre for a public screening of the selected films that were also from Australia and Argentina and ended Monday April 23rd at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School for a private screener where winners where announced.
Other activities include a Social Media Selfie contest on Friday and a Predict the Winner contest where winners received merchandise from Imagination Lunchbox, LLC host of the ILICFF, and a Filmmakers Meet & Greet at Chick-Fila in Landover, Maryland.
“Thank you so much for bringing the event to our school,” said OLV principal, Pastor as well as teachers. All classes, grade Kindergarten through the 8th attended the private screening. After seeing films from each country the school had the kids do activities that originated from those countries – thereby turning the ILICFF into a learning experience.
The ILICFF was hosted by radio personally Doresa Harvey. The OLV students selected the winners for the “Best Film Made BY Kids” and “Best Film Made FOR Kids” through clapping and cheering. The ILICFF founder award winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs (One Nation, Naga Pixie and One Nation) selected the “Film Festival Choice” and the founder of the “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference Eunice Moseley (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com) selected the “Most Uplifting Film” award.
Winners include “Tough Guy” by Monika Dalman (Canada) for “Best Film Made BY Kids”; Sawubona (I See You)” by Lungelo Kuzwayo (South Africa) for “Best Film Made FOR Kids”; “You Can Not Play With Us” by Jason Rhein (USA) for “Film Festival Choice”, and “Change for Chimps” by Lisa Mann (Canada) for “Most Uplifting Films.” All have inspiring themes – “Tough Guy” is about a bully who learns to get along from a different kind of bully, “Sawubona” is about two children who are not deterred by what’s seen on the outside of a person but by the heart, “You Cant Play With Us” is about children learning to play with people different from themselves, and “Change for Chimps” is about a child that takes her passion for chimps and turned it into her cause to change the plight of the caged chimps.
ILICFF founder Anthony Michael Hobbs is also an award winning actor who has garnered six awards from Global Stars Network for his acting skills, represented PBS at the 2013 Emmy Awards for his role as a young Frederick Douglass in their Special Mini-Series “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” (http://video.pbs.org/video/2321796209) starring actor/director Richard Brooks (“Law & Order”) and starred in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc). As a model he has worked for Finish Line Athletics (in-store and catalogue) and for ToysRUs national marketing campaigns.
For more information about the Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival visit www.ImaginationLunchbox.com (or to see video coverage https://youtu.be/0nfVH4CqVqo) and for more information about Hobbs log onto www.Anthony-Michael.com. You can also contact his management at ImaginationLunchbox@gmail.com.
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