Albert’s collaboration with his son, The Butler and the Ball, has been selected for the 2022 University of Hawai‘i at Manoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, presented by DreamWorks and Outreach College, running February 12-21, 2022. Screening of 100+ award-winning films from 25 nations made by and for children ages 2 to 18+ will take place on the Eventive platform, with age-appropriate groupings of films. All films stream free of charge. Passes can be reserved here.
The Butler and the Ball will screen in the film block All Kine Kids, delightful tales of kids being kids, everywhere — from the US, Canada, Belgium, Iran, and Mongolia. All Kine Kids is available to screen February 18-21, 2022.
KIDS FIRST! adult and child jurors write: “Absolutely charming… a wonderful fantasy… Andrew Chan-Possemato’s performance is really quite good and believable… 4.5 out of 5 stars”.
Affiliated with KIDS FIRST!, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival has entertained families with free screenings of quality film and television programming since 2007. The KIDS FIRST! program is an initiative of The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media.
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, was directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert. The film has screened in France, Wales, India, Iran, Romania, Estonia, South Korea, Australia, Serbia, Greece, Canada, and the United States. Awards include Best of Festival Award for Best International Young People’s Film at the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales, Best Young Director – Live Action at the Atlanta Children’s Film Festival, Best Kids-Made Film at the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival, Best Junior Filmmaker at Sanctuary International Film Festival in Australia, First Prize in the Fictional Movie Made by Filmmakers up to 10 Years of Age category at A-FilmTeensFest in the Czech Republic, the Under 10 category at the Prague Youth Film Festival, Best Original Screenplay of a Short Film and Jury Special Mention—Child Actor at Children Short Film Festival in England and France, and Best Youth – 18 at Alder International Short Film Festival.