The Lantern & Light International Children’s Film Festival, taking place December 5-6, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia, has named The Butler and the Ball as a finalist.
The Butler and the Ball, 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.
The Lantern & Light International Children’s Film Festival is a major international festival of short films made by young people between the ages of 6-18. The festival hosts stories from children in all cultures and from varying ways of life, encouraging empathy and understanding. Typically, the Lantern & Light International Children’s Film Festival runs parallel to the Belgrave Lantern Parade held on the solstice each year, where thousands gather to display and parade their lanterns, and the streets of Belgrave are flooded with extraordinary lantern creatures and other imaginative lanterns.
The Lantern & Light International Children’s Film Festival is a program of Ranges Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages youth to go beyond being passive uncritical media content consumers to becoming creative participants and thinkers of media content.