Meet our Spring 2024 Interns

Meet our Spring 2024 Interns

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Meet our Spring 2024 Interns!

Meet our Spring 2024 Interns, Tamaiya and Sydney!

Tamaiya Anderson
Tamaiya Anderson is a junior at Georgia State University and is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Film and Media. She is very interested in the entire filmmaking process from the initial idea to its execution. She hopes to use her knowledge of Anthropology to inform her film studies. Tamaiya plans to work within the film industry in directing and screenwriting for the most part. She joined Shine Global to gain the experience of working with a team as well as advocating for children’s stories that desperately need to be told. She is focused on crafting stories that represent marginalized groups.
 
Sydney Sutherland
Sydney is a senior at Butler University studying Creative Media & Entertainment with a minor in Strategic Communications. She has a passion for creative storytelling and communications, most specifically through film. She aligns heavily with Shine Global’s mission of promoting positive change and impact, and is very excited to work with the stories they create.
 
 
 
 
 
Summer 2024 internships opportunities will be posted in March.  Learn more about our internship positions at Shine Global here: https://shineglobal.org/internships/

Comedy Against the Odds to Screen at AmDocs Film Festival

Comedy Against the Odds to Screen at AmDocs Film Festival

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Comedy Against the Odds to Screen at AmDocs Film Festival

February 1, 2024 – Shine Global is thrilled to announce the premiere of the heartwarming documentary short film, “Comedy Against the Odds” at the prestigious AmDocs Film Festival in March. This compelling film introduces audiences to the remarkable 10-year-old Austin, a budding stand-up comedian with Autism.

Directed by 6-time Daytime Emmy Award winning Latina director/producer Suzanne Luna, this short documentary spotlights the struggle of growing up with labels, and how Austin uses comedy to embrace and overcome them, offering a heartfelt portrayal that will resonate with audiences of all ages. “Comedy Against the Odds” takes a poignant look at how humor becomes a powerful tool for self-expression and a means of breaking down societal stereotypes. Austin’s journey not only challenges preconceived notions about being on the spectrum but also highlights the universal power of laughter to bridge gaps and foster understanding.

“We all struggle with one thing or another, but we may not be able to see someone’s struggles on the surface,” said Austin’s comedy coach and the film’s Executive Producer Corey Martin Craig. “As a kid, I was diagnosed with ADHD, Tourette’s, and OCD, and I thought I had no choice but to live with these labels for the rest of my life — my future had been decided. That is until I had my own comedy awakening and used comedy to turn my life around and redefine myself.”

The film’s producer and Shine Global co-founder Albie Hecht said, “We are honored to premiere ‘Comedy Against the Odds’ at the AmDocs Film Festival. Austin’s story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the transformative power of comedy. We hope this documentary sparks conversations about inclusivity and encourages everyone to embrace the uniqueness within us all.”

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the U.S. according to the CDC, and Shine Global aims to use the film to raise awareness about the needs of children on the spectrum and as a catalyst for discussion and change, with a special focus on increasing understanding and acceptance of those with Autism so they can thrive and increasing both investment in and access to arts education opportunities for children on the spectrum.

The premiere at the AmDocs Film Festival promises to be a memorable event, providing attendees with an opportunity to connect with Austin’s story on a personal level. The documentary aims to leave a lasting impact on viewers by amplifying the laughs, making them not only bigger but also more inspired.

Join us for an unforgettable cinematic experience as we celebrate the premiere of “Comedy Against the Odds” at the AmDocs Film Festival on Saturday, March 23 at 4:30pm. The film is screening as part of Program 27 with three other short films.

Program 27
Saturday, March 23, 4:30pm
Camelot Theatres at Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Road
Theatre 2
Tickets: https://filmfreeway.com/AmericanDocumentaryFilmFestivalandFilmFund/tickets

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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company with the mission to improve children’s lives by telling powerful stories that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on Max, and Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

ABOUT SHINE GLOBAL’S CHILDREN’S RESILIENCE IN FILM AWARDS

This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity. The awards are open to films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination.

 

Shine Global’s Film Awards Honored with an Anthem Award

Shine Global’s Film Awards Honored with an Anthem Award

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Shine Global’s Film Awards Honored with an Anthem Award

January 30, 2024 – Shine Global today announced their Children’s Resilience in Film Awards program is a Bronze Winner in the Education, Art & Culture Event category at the 3rd Annual Anthem Awards.

Launched in 2021, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide, amplifying impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. This year’s Anthem Award Winners were selected from a pool of over 2,000 submissions from 44 countries by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Anthem judges are intellectually diverse leaders from across the impact industry with expertise that spans across the Anthem cause areas. IADAS members include: Heather Dowdy, Director of Product Accessibility, Netflix; Alex Amouyel, President & CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation; Noel Kinder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nike; Shaniqua McClendon, Vice President of Politics, Crooked Media/Vote Save America; Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq., Executive Director, American Psychiatric Association Foundation; Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US; Christina Lang, Vice President of North American Marketing, Mozilla; Michelle Waring, Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good, Tom’s of Maine; and more.

Shine Global’s annual Children’s Resilience in Film Awards honor exceptional films that center around the resilience of children in the face of adversity. It aims to shed light on the countless stories of courage, strength, and determination that children demonstrate in challenging circumstances. These films not only inspire audiences but also help create awareness and promote positive change in society. Past winners include the feature documentaries Lift (2022, Directed by David Petersen) and Name Me Lawand (2023, Directed by Edward Lovelace) and the short documentary Ayenda (2023, directed by Marie Margolius).

“At Shine Global, we believe in the power of storytelling to inspire audiences,”  said Shine Global’s Alexandra Blaney. “The Film Awards are an extension of our work producing films and not only allow us to recognize and support talented filmmakers who share our mission of improving children’s lives, but also to uplift even more important and untold stories of children’s resilience that inspire audiences to action.”

The 2023 film nominees represented a diverse range of powerful stories from around the world, showcasing resilience in various forms. Through the lens of these films, audiences witness the inspiring spirit of children as they overcome obstacles, navigate through personal hardships, and inspire others through their achievements. In addition to Name Me Lawand, other finalists included Aurora’s Sunrise – Directed by Inna Sahakyan (2022, Armenia, Germany, Lithuania); Bigman – Directed by Camiel Schouwenaar (2022, The Netherlands, Germany); Children of Las Brisas – Directed by Marianela Maldonado (2022, Venezuela); and The Ordinaries – Directed by Sophie Linnenbaum (2022, Germany).  The three other short film finalists were Barricade Directed by Alice Johannessen (2023, UK); Lunchbox directed by Anne Hu (2022, USA); and Translators Directed by Rudy Valdez (2023, USA).

The 2023 feature film winner Name Me Lawand, was selected by a jury panel including Anita Chandra (Vice President and Director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being and a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation with a focus on childhood development), Tyler Coates (Awards Editor at The Hollywood Reporter), Jill Burkhart (VP of Unscripted Programming for MGM+), Greg Sorvig (Artistic Director for Heartland Film), and Brian Walker (CEO of Picture Motion).

In addition to the winning films, Shine Global highlighted three honorees making a difference: Margie Cohn, President of DreamWorks Animation, as the Titan Honoree, Former NFL Player and Founder and CEO of Project Transition Marcellus Wiley as the Children’s Champion Honoree, and Graceyn Hollingsworth, the voice of Gracie on Gracie’s Corner, as the Youth Activist Honoree.

See more: https://www.anthemawards.com/winners/list/entry/#education-art-culture/awareness-media-categories/childrens-resilience-in-film-awards-2023/462959

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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company with the mission to improve children’s lives by telling powerful stories that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on Max, and Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

ABOUT SHINE GLOBAL’S CHILDREN’S RESILIENCE IN FILM AWARDS

This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity. The awards are open to films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination.

 

Top 5 Accomplishments in 2023

Top 5 Accomplishments in 2023

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Top 5 Accomplishments in 2023

With the support of our donors, we had an incredibly impactful 2023 in which we harnessed the power of film to spark actions and change around the world.

Some of the highlights from 2023 include:

  • Partnered with U.S. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) to host an event on Capitol Hill featuring our film Home Is Somewhere Else to bring together key figures from the world of politics and advocacy to discuss the pressing need for comprehensive immigration reform that prioritizes the wellbeing of children and families.
  • Through Our Eyes: Homefront, our short documentary about the impact of military service on families, was celebrated as a finalist at the 2023 duPont Columbia Awards, which recognize outstanding public service audio and video reporting. The film illustrates the need for services for veterans’ children and families.
  • From This Small Place premiered at festivals in October. This feature documentary follows a six-year-old boy named Hossain who is growing up in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh as the Rohingya refugee crisis becomes increasingly dangerous.
  • Home Is Somewhere Else won an Ariel Award (the Mexican Oscar) for Best Animated Feature Film after it was held over for more than 12 weeks in Mexican cinemas with over 760 events in 47 cities. Through a series of screenings on both sides of the US/Mexico border, we are sharing the emotional complexities that immigrant children and their families experience in order for audiences to better understand and empathize with their struggles.
  • The 2023 Children’s Resilience in Film Awards featured events in both NYC and LA that honored 6 filmmakers whose films celebrate the strength and power of children around the world – with the grand prize winner Name Me Lawand receiving a $15,000 cash prize – as well as celebrating individual honorees.

 

And there’s so much more to announce in 2024!

 

 

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Montclair Film and Shine Global Announce Partnership to Launch Student Filmmaking Prize for the Children’s Resilience In Film Awards

Montclair Film and Shine Global Announce Partnership to Launch Student Filmmaking Prize for the Children’s Resilience In Film Awards

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Montclair Film and Shine Global Announce Partnership to Launch Student Filmmaking Prize for the Children’s Resilience In Film Awards

October 26, 2023, Montclair, NJ – Montclair Film and Shine Global today announced the launch of a new partnership that establishes two prizes for student filmmakers participating in Montclair Film Education’s annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC) to participate in Shine Global’s annual Children’s Resilience in Film Awards, beginning in 2024.

An award of $500 will be granted to the winning film in a new filmmaking category focused on resilience, and another cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the EFC’s Grand Prize winning film. The Grand Prize and Resilience category winners will be invited to participate in Shine Global’s 2024’s Children’s Resilience in Film Award events, which recognize and celebrate the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity.

Montclair Film’s Emerging Filmmaker Competition celebrates the work of filmmakers who are in the 6th through 12th grades. These films, adjudicated by a jury of film professionals, represent a wide range of styles and voices that showcase the diverse talents of young people who are using cinema to tell their stories. Categories include drama, comedy, documentary, animated, horror, experimental, social impact, and for the first time, a special category focused on resilience.

Student filmmakers interested in participating in this competition may begin submitting their work beginning December 1, 2023, with award winners announced in the spring of 2024, and Shine Global’s Children’s Resilience in Film Award events taking place later in 2024. Submission rules, deadlines, and category descriptions are available by visiting montclairfilm.org/education.
Shine Global’s annual Children’s Resilience in Film Awards honor exceptional films that center around the resilience of children in the face of adversity. It aims to shed light on the countless stories of courage, strength, and determination that children demonstrate in challenging circumstances. These films not only inspire audiences but also help create awareness and promote positive change in society.

“We are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Shine Global to bring great films from our Emerging Filmmaker Competition to the Children’s Resilience In Film Awards,” said Montclair Film Education Director Sue Hollenberg. “As young artists continue to find an outlet for their creative expression through filmmaking, this opportunity will provide material support and encouragement for them to continue to push the boundaries of storytelling into new directions.”

“For the past 18 years, Shine Global has produced films that acknowledge children’s resilience globally,” said Shine Global Co-Founder and Executive Director Susan MacLaury. “We’re honored to partner with Montclair Film to celebrate emerging filmmakers who represent the next generation in the filmmaking community who do the same.”

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About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that gives voice to children and their families by telling their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, which is available on HBOMax, and Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.

ABOUT SHINE GLOBAL’S CHILDREN’S RESILIENCE IN FILM AWARDS

This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity. The awards are open to films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination.

About Montclair Film

Montclair Film, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization connects filmmakers from around the region and world with audiences by presenting films and year-round programs that engage, educate, and entertain through the power of visual storytelling. The twelfth Annual Montclair Film Festival will take place from October 20-29, 2023. We are grateful for generous support from Audible, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Hackensack Meridian Health, American Express Foundation, JP Morgan Private Bank, and Spiro Harrison. Additional support is provided by RBC Wealth Management, The Nature Conservancy, and New Jersey Economic Development Authority. We are also grateful for our partners at Coldwell Banker, Partners for Health Foundation, The Seeing Eye, Citi Private Bank, Chubb, Compass, Trevanna, and ML Management Partners. All programs are made possible with funds from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, as well as the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Montclair Film Festival is supported in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Montclair Film provides unique and meaningful ways to engage with diverse, creative, and sophisticated audiences and seeks sponsors for its signature film festival and year-round film, education, and community programs that attract more than 70,000 annual attendees and generate more than 750 million media impressions yearly. For more information about Montclair Film, visit www.MontclairFilm.org.

Meet our Fall 2023 Interns

Meet our Fall 2023 Interns

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Meet our Fall 2023 Interns!

Meet our Fall 2023 Interns, Lucy and Reyna!

Lucy Allen
Lucy Allen is a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh studying TV-Video Production. In May of 2022, she graduated from the same institution with a Political Science and Latin American Studies degree, but after some deliberation, she decided to return to school. Lucy is passionate about storytelling and aspires to incorporate more diversity into the future of film and TV. When she isn’t brainstorming her next script, Lucy likes to experiment with oil pastels and practice yoga. 
 
 

Reyna Alonso
Reyna Alonso is a first year Master’s student at Pepperdine University studying Psychology with an interest in research, marketing, and consumer psychology. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA. She has always had an interest in advocating for children and sharing their stories which aligns with Shine Global’s mission. Reyna has experience working with children with autism where she gained a focus in accessibility, inclusivity and connecting with others.
 
 
 
 
 
Learn more about applying for Spring 2024 internship positions at Shine Global here: https://shineglobal.org/internships/