*The 2020 “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest” (ILICFF) recently announced the winners of the “Best Films Made BY Kids” and “Best Film Made FOR Kids” Awards. The community screening event was opened to the world this year because it was held at the Euble Blake Center in Baltimore via Zoom video conferencing. Attendees from as far as Spain and Japan were able to join the event. The ILICFF event was co-hosted by founder Anthony Michael Hobbs (Anthony-Michael.com) and radio personality Doresa Harvey (Magic 95.9FM). Eubie Blake Director Derek Price opened the event.
Twenty-one short films were screened during ILICFF – 11 made by youth and 10 made for youth. During the intermission a trivia contest was held with winner Anne-Sophie receiving branded merchandise (cups, hoodies, tank tops and socks) from Imagination Lunchbox, LLC – producers of the “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest”.
Attending the screening of the short films was free to the public thanks to the ILICFF partnership with Imagination Lunchbox, LLC, the Eubie Blake Center, and The Baltimore Times’ Foundation, Times Community Services. Four winners were selected in total, which includes also “Festival Choice Award” and the “Most Uplifting Film” Award – sponsored by the “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference.
Event host Anthony Michael Hobbs’ company, Imagination Lunchbox, LLC, has produced three award winning short films thus far – One Nation, Naga Pixie and Agent Hollywood. In 2019 his company partnered with the Eubie Blake Center to annually host the “ILICFF/Eubie Blake Filmmaking Workshops for Youth.” The short film from the 2019 workshop, The Case of the Stolen Instrument, was screened as part of the 21 shorts presented at the 2020 “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest.”
Director Abner Sharma (India) won the “Best Film Made BY Kids” for the dramatic short “Don’t Kill for Fun,” that has a message about killing animals for sport; Director Nicola Rose (United States) won the “Best Film Made FOR Kids” for the emotional short “Gabrielle,” about a teen rejected by her dance teacher because of her weight; Director Ellis Clark (United States) won the “Film Fest Most Uplifting” for the philosophical short “The Truth of Beauty,” which explains that beauty is not any one type of look, and Director Satoshi Takahashi (Japan) won the “Film Festival Choice” for the funny short “The Peak,” about what goes through the mind of a child when they have to use the bathroom very badly
The 2021 “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest” will be held Saturday August 7, 2021 at the Eubie Blake Center from 1-3pmET. Film submissions will be opening up soon for 2021’s ILICFF , so if you know a young filmmaker tell them to log onto www.ImaginationLunchbox.com for more information.
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