The Butler and the Ball has been selected in the Child Filmmakers’ Section for the 2022 International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh, running March 5-11, 2022, at the Bangladesh Film Archive in Agargaon, Dhaka, as the main venue. The Butler and the Ball will screen on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 11am (local time), in a session alongside films from France, Poland, and the Russian Federation.
International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh is an annual film festival held countrywide, which showcases full-length features, shorts, experimental films made for and by children, from around the world. Founded in 2008, it is the biggest film festival in Bangladesh and also the only international film festival for children and young adults in the country.
The festival is a program of the Children’s Film Society Bangladesh (CFS), a youth-led organization working for children on the issue of the film. CFS seeks to impact the entire film industry of Bangladesh by inspiring the upcoming generation of filmmakers and offering them a bigger platform to exercise and exhibit their talent.
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.