At an award nomination ceremony last night, Albert’s collaboration with his son Andrew Chan-Possemato was nominated for three awards at the NYC-based Fentress Student Film Festival for The Butler and the Ball: Best Director (Youth Student), Best 1st Time Filmmaker, and Best Youth Actor/Actress. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 6pm EDT on the festival’s Youtube channel.
The Butler and the Ball, which was one of 25 films selected from hundreds of submissions from 20 countries, 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, The Czech Republic, England, 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, Best Narrative Film, Under 12 at the International KidsNFilm Festival, 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.