Announcing the October 2018 Festival Award Winners


Jared Milrad, Founder and President

A Show For A Change



Long Beach, CA - November 12, 2018A Show For A Change today announced several winners for its monthly global film festival, celebrating socially impactful films from around the world.

“We’re honored to recognize these changemaking, gripping films that illuminate the challenges of our time,” said Jared Milrad, founder and president of A Show For A Change. “From the United Kingdom to India to the United States, our film festival continues to spread a global message of positivity and hope. I’m thrilled that our festival is elevating the voices of these brave filmmakers.”

This month’s winners include:

  • Creativity Award: ITSY, a fictional narration of two neighbors and an unsuspecting friend who forges their unique bond. Produced and directed by Premila Puri, ITSY addresses themes of kindness and acceptance. The score was composed by Segun Akinola, the sole composer of the new series of Doctor Who.

  • Storytelling Award: JHALKI: Tale of a Tireless Sparrow, a lyrical story of lost childhood, set against the powerful backdrop of child slavery and human trafficking. The film was produced, written, and directed by Brahmanand S. Siingh based in Mumbai, India.

  • Cinematography Award: EDUNATION, a documentary about the failure of the public education system in India and remedies that could bring groundbreaking change. The film was produced by Mahatma Education Society and directed by Preeti Pawar.

  • Social Impact Award: SURAJ, about a middle-class Hindu man, Suraj Patel, who carries a big secret that could bring unimaginable shame to his family and religion. The film was directed by Marissa Shankar.

Premila Puri shared her excitement about receiving recognition for her film, ITSY: “It is an absolute honour for the team to win the Creativity Award that endorses strongly the social message we wanted to share from the outset. We are hugely appreciative and inspired that A Show For a Change seeks to celebrate socially conscious, entertaining films, and is paving the way for content to be produced and distributed that is reflective of the good and positive in our world whilst highlighting necessary causes.”

"To have the honor of obtaining the Storytelling Award is incredible,” said Marissa Shankar, director of SURAJ. “This film is extremely important and personal to myself as I did a lot of reflection in my own life whilst writing it. Ultimately, Suraj's story is bigger than him. We as the human race must pay attention to those around us - and help whoever needs it most."

Founded by Jared Milrad - a filmmaker, advocate, and entrepreneur who has worked for President Barack Obama and advocated for numerous social causes - A Show For A Change Film Festival raises up our planet's most compelling stories and inspiring voices. The film festival’s goal is to build a world filled with greater empathy and shared prosperity.

A Show For A Change invites filmmakers who share a passion for changing the world through the power of storytelling to submit to our monthly film festival. We seek diverse, engaging stories that address societal, environmental, and cultural issues. To apply for our next film festival, filmmakers can submit their projects by November 27, 2018 using this link:

About A Show For A Change Film Festival

With 115+ submissions in its first-year run, A Show For A Change has awarded some of the most creative, groundbreaking, and inspiring stories highlighting social issues. The company’s mission is to celebrate socially impactful films through the art of storytelling and advocate for enduring social change. It embraces films that challenge the status quo and stand up for urgent causes like human rights, animal rights, and the environment.

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