After being postponed for almost two years, The Butler and the Ball finally premieres in Pennsylvania at the West Chester Film Festival, on April 23, 2022, at 11am, as part of the Young Filmmaker Film Festival at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Bravo Mainstage Theater.
The Butler and the Ball, which was one of over 60 films selected from around the world, is an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer. The film 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, and Best Youth – 18 at Alder International Short Film Festival.
The 16th Annual West Chester Film Festival consists of three festivals in one: the West Chester Film Festival, West Chester Family Film Festival, and West Chester Young Filmmaker Film Festival. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the West Chester Film Festival’s goal is to present a self-sustaining annual film festival giving a voice to up-and-coming artists.