Announcing the December 2018 Award Winners

Announcing the December 2018 Award Winners

This month’s A Show For A Change Film Festival award winners include:

  • Creativity Award: THE ABUSED. Directed by Lamont Wilkins. A spoken word short film that tells several stories of domestic violence and the people affected. Watch the trailer here.

  • Storytelling Award: DISHONOUR. Directed by Terrence Turner. Performed entirely by one actor, Mimi Ndiweni, DISHONOUR tells the story of a five year old girl caught in middle of a struggle between her recently widowed father and his elderly aunt who disagree on how best to adapt to the customs and laws of their newly adopted home in the United Kingdom. The aunt’s failure to abandon ancient African tribal traditions, including the harmful practice of female genital mutilation, leads to potentially devastating consequences for the young girl. Watch the trailer here.

  • Cinematography Award: LETTER TO MY MOTHER. Directed by Branislav Jankic. A visual and literary body of work that reveals an impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction in the United States. The project strives to lift the stigma of addiction and create an international support system for those suffering from this disease, particularly mothers. The short film was shot during the first exhibition of the project in New York, June 2016. Watch the trailer here and view the accompanying photographic book.

  • Social Impact Awards:

    • WEAR. Directed by Hannah Mitchell. A short film about a young woman who comes home from work after an experience with her boss commenting on her blouse. The woman then analyzes the clothing items in her closet based on past experiences with men, who criticized her appearance, until she becomes fed-up and takes action. Watch the full film here.

    • GREEN TALES OF THE CITY. Directed by Gwen Jansen. A documentary chronicling how the sustainability movement in several cities in the Netherlands is getting louder, more powerful, and more extensive at a breakneck pace. An increasing number of citizens, artists, businesses, research institutions, and local governments are joining forces to make their own living environments more sustainable and are no longer waiting on the slow decisions being made at the national level. Watch the trailer here.

Announcing the November 2018 Award Winners

Announcing the November 2018 Award Winners

This month’s winners include:

  • Creativity Award: NIGHT LIGHT, an animated short film about a wide-eyed, newborn sea turtle named Fin finds himself on the illuminated beaches of Miami. It is a perilous time to be a hatchling, with hazards of artificial light and debris present at every turn. With the help of Abueluna, his caring, celestial guide, Fin will make the daring trek from his cluttered nest to the open seas. Directed by Yamiset Trujillo and Jane Suarez. Watch a clip here.

  • Storytelling Awards:

    • ALTERNATIVE FACTS: THE LIES OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066, a documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Directed by Jon Osaki. Watch a trailer here.

    • STRESSED, a documentary feature film that delves into our history with stress, how we got to where we are today, and where we go from here. Directed by Luke Segreto. Watch a trailer here.

  • Cinematography Awards:

    • INTRODUCING PHYSIOSHARK: BABY SHARKS AND CLIMATE CHANGE, a short documentary about how climate change threatens shark populations worldwide. Directed by Tom Vierus.

    • REPICORE: RESEARCH IN MELANESIA, a short documentary about an innovative program on social-ecological systems in Melanesia - particularly in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. It aimed to investigate the effects of climate change-related stressors on the coral reef ecosystems as well as the respective communities that depend on them. The film presents an overview of the findings of the 5-year project. Directed by Tom Vierus.

  • Social Impact Awards:

    • CAPTIVITY, a documentary feature film with never before seen footage documenting the mistreatment of animals in zoos, circuses and sea life parks. Featuring interviews with political figures, wildlife experts, and animal activists, CAPTIVITY discusses the psychological and physical effects caused by these captive environments. Directed by Phil Waller. Watch a trailer here.

    • EVERY NINE MINUTES, a short documentary about how every nine minutes, the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) in plastic makes its way into our oceans. To call attention to this, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single use, locally sourced plastic trash. Certified by Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built. Directed by DJ O’Neill and Oliver Hamilton. Watch the full film here.

Announcing the October 2018 Festival Award Winners

Announcing the October 2018 Festival Award Winners

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.

Announcing the September 2018 Festival Award Winners

Announcing the September 2018 Festival Award Winners

This month’s winners include:

  • Creativity Award: “TIMBO,” a powerful documentary about energy companies’ construction of dams in the Brazilian Amazon and its threat to indigenous people.

  • Storytelling and Cinematography Award: “KHARAM,” an eye-opening feature film about an Indian woman’s resistance to violent oppression.

  • Social Impact Award: “22,” an inspiring documentary about the plight of special needs children in the United States.

Announcing the August 2018 Festival Award Winners

Announcing the August 2018 Festival Award Winners

This month’s winners include:

  • Social Impact Award:Slaughterhouse: What the meat industry hides,” which tells the harrowing story of farmed animals in Mexico, was directed by Alicia Alberas.

  • Social Impact Award: “Rebirth” reflects human insensibility, false ideals and hypocrisy.

  • Social Impact Award: “Inheritance” focuses on a victim of domestic violence who does not speak out against it, only to find out a relative is a victim as well.