Ana’s Playground, the breathtaking allegory short film about children at the hands of armed conflict, may be coming to a film festival near you in early 2010. I encourage everyone who has a chance to take in this riveting drama which is well on its way to receiving a best short film nomination at the Academy Awards.
It’s a perfect way to kick off the New Year with the resolution to learn more and get involved in helping children in war torn countries and the countless number of kids that can benefit from organizations like Right to Play, the principal non-profit organization benefiting from funds raised by Ana’s Playground.
You can see Ana’s Playground at the following film festivals. Follow the links to each individual film festival for screening times and locations.
Santa Barbara International FIlm Fest – Feb. 4 – 14th (Academy Sanctioned)
Boulder International Film Fest – Feb. 11th – 14th
Sedona International Film Festival – Feb. 21st – Feb 28th
Cinequest (San Jose) Feb. 23rd – Mar. 7th (Academy Sanctioned)
Tiburon Film Fest – Mar. 18th – Mar. 26th
In addition to these Film Festivals, Ana’s Playground will have a special screening at Right To Play’s event for sponsors and supporters at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Here’s a recent spot from Mastercard Canada raising awareness about Right to Play.
And for friends in the Twin Cities, Ana’s Playground has been selected as the exclusive film to be screened at Augsburg College during the annual Nobel Peace Prize forum on Friday, March 5 on campus. The screening will follow a keynote address by 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari.
Some of the recognition Ana’s Playground has earned around the world includes:
WINNER – Best Int’l Short Film – Foyle Film Festival (Oscar Qualifying)
WINNER – Best Screenplay – Los Angeles Int’l Short Film Festival
WINNER – Best Short Film – Norwich Int’l Film Festival
WINNER – Best of the Fest – Norwich Int’l Film Festival
WINNER – Best Dramatic Short Film – New Hampshire Film Festival
WINNER – Best Short FIlm – Cenflo Film Festival