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MY HERO International Film Festival Call for Entries

Saturday, May 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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Los Angeles, California - USA
October 15 to November 22, 2017

In the Spotlight today is the 13th Annual MY HERO International Film Festival(HERO FEST), an educational web project that celebrates the hero within. With more than twenty years in the nonprofit space, MY HERO champions the heart of the story, especially the ordinary people who exhibit extraordinary courage, compassion, and determination in the face of challenges. This unique festival celebrates peace, environmental awareness, human rights, and tolerance by way of state-of-the-art web technologies. Animated, documentary, musical, narrative, and experimental films are all welcome and encouraged to compete.

Cash prizes of up to $1,500 USD are available for MY HERO participants who submit the most compelling, surprising, or emotionally affecting tales of extraordinary deeds. Other special Hero Fest awards include the Ron Kovic Peace Prize (best filmmaker who explores issues of peace), the Dan Eldon Activist Award (filmmaker who best addresses the theme of activism), and the Relationships First Award (filmmaker whose work depicts contemporary family relationships). Submitted films with a run time of 10 minutes or less that tell the stories of everyday heroes will compete in categories including Professional, Enthusiast/Amateur, Teacher/Student, and Student ranging from elementary to graduate school

Media literacy and cross-cultural communication are cornerstones of Hero Fest, and a variety of great stories can be found in the Hero Fest archive. All Hero Fest finalists will have opportunities to be interviewed by film and print media and to network with filmmaking professionals. The festival also proudly provides selected filmmakers with transportation and accommodations during their visit to Los Angeles. Hero Fest aims to celebrate the heroes who have taken the time to celebrate their heroes.

June 1, 2017 - Regular Deadline
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The MY HERO web site hosts thousands of stories of remarkable individuals written by children and adults alike. These stories serve to remind us that we all have the potential to overcome great obstacles and achieve our dreams by following in the footsteps of our heroes.

Notable MY HERO alum include Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) who was awarded first place, College Narrative for his USC short filmLocksin 2010. Kayla Briët was awarded the Emerging Artist Award in 2015 and has gone on to be recognized at the White House Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, and others. Kayla is a rising star and MY HERO was fortunate to have her host the 2016 International Film Festival. Slater Jewell-Kemker has grown up with the MY HERO Project and was awarded several awards in our festival over the years. She is now the director ofThe Inconvenient Youth- a feature length documentary focusing on the global climate crisis and the youth who are trying to take action.

If you have an inspiring hero's story to tell then MY HERO wants to hear from you. Submit your film today!