UNITED STATES: Film festival empowers youth
Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival winners announced
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Youth Center, in Los Angeles, Calif., hosted the grand finale of the Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival on Oct. 13 with the participation of noted dignitaries and youth. Other screenings of the film festival were held in Chennai, India, and more than 200 other locations in 60 countries. Twenty-four films were selected to be screened at the finale in Los Angeles.
The theme for the event was “Love Builds Peace and Solidarity” and showcased international talent from multiple countries. The finale awarded 10 youth film makers from Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, India, Malawi, Spain and Vietnam.
Youth were encouraged to pursue their dreams by Father Mel Trinidad, provincial of Salesians of Don Bosco in USA West; Stanley Ng, art director and VFX supervisor from Hollywood; Father Ricardo Campoli, from the social communication sector from Salesians in Rome; and Father Harris Pakkam, the film festival director.
After the screening, Ng spoke on behalf of the global jury to encourage youth to dream big so that they can attain their goals. He noted that goals are achievable if everything is done with love and passion.
At the end of the event, Brother Alphonse Vu, coordinator for Salesian schools in the Province of USA West, expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to the planning of the festival. He said, “It was a great dream come true, and the excellent efforts, teamwork, commitment and planning that the festival team displayed was very much appreciated. The memories will linger in the hearts of youth who dream of Hollywood, and the festival will continue to serve as a unique platform for youth empowerment.”
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