The Butler and the Ball will premiere on the west coast at the 23rd Annual Dances with Films in Los Angeles, recognized as a Top 10 North American Film Festival by USA Today readers and a Top Ten Best Reviewed Festival on FilmFreeway. Traditionally taking place at the famed TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, this year’s screenings, Q&As, panels, and social events will take place virtually.
The Butler and the Ball screens as part of Dances with Kidz!, a side bar festival that celebrates films made for kids and films made by kids. The film screens on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 11:30am, and again on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 11:30am in a session dedicated to kid filmmakers. A live Q&A with Albert and director Andrew Chan-Possemato is scheduled at the end of the Saturday session.
The Butler and the Ball is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert.
Since 1998, Dances with Films has been held each year in the heart of Los Angeles and is one of the highest attended film fests in Southern California with more than 20,000 attendees each year. Additionally, the festival is regularly tracked by industry in Los Angeles with deals made each year. Dances with Films has been hailed as “the premiere showcase of innovative independent cinema, presenting amazing undiscovered talent to an industry audience in Hollywood” by Indiewire, “the future of independent film” by The Huffington Post, and as “an innovator and leader in positioning raw and new talented directors” by CNN.