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Best of Fest / Ron Kovic Peace Prize

Best of Fest
Right To Play [Excerpt]
Produced by Frank Marshall

Olympian Johann Olav Koss embarked on a remarkable journey to use sports to improve the lives of African children.

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Dan Eldon Activist Award

A Ride with Matt
Produced by Robert Rippberger

A Ride With Matt looks at the efforts of a few close friends to fund research into Huntington's disease and help a family heal.

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Global Educator Award

A Tribute to Sylvia Earle
Produced by One World One Ocean

A tribute to oceanographer Sylvia Earle from One World One Ocean.

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Peoples Choice

1st Place
An Inconvenient Youth -- 2012
Produced by Slater Jewell-Kemker from CANADA / USA

This important documentary film by MY HERO alum Slater Jewell-Kemker gives a voice to young people living and working on the front lines of climate change.

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Engage Award from Life Giving Moments

1st Place
Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill
Produced by Lynne Cherry

Young Olivia loves birds, and creates over 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon's bird rescue.

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Olivia Bouler
Humanitarian

1st Place
Brian Cox
Produced by The Working Group

Brian Cox, Senior Director for the South Park Recreation Center,transformed a broken neighborhood.

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Brian Cox

1st Place
Hidden Blessings: What Irene Taught me about HIV Prevention
Produced by Zoeann Murphy

Actress Debra Messing visits Zambia to listen to the stories of people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Debra Messing

2nd Place
Eradication of Malaria in Botswana
Produced by Tommie Hamaluba from BOTSWANA

Tommie Hamaluba works incessantly in the fight against malaria in Botswana.

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Tommie Hamaluba

2nd Place
Father Malick
Produced by Cheikh Seck from SENEGAL

Father Malick spent the best years of his life dedicating himself to helping people of all kinds.

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Father Malick

3rd Place
Sr. Betty Whyte
Produced by Bua Philip from KENYA

Age is not the matter, it is the issue of the mind.

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Sr. Betty Whyte
Trailer

1st Place
Bidder 70
Produced by Beth Gage & George Gage

Tim DeChristopher, was a whisle-blower of the fraudulent Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leasing auction in December 2008.

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Tim DeChristopher

2nd Place
Lost and Found [Trailer]
Produced by Sandy Cummings

'Lost and Found' is about a couple, former teachers from Oregon. who travel to Uganda on a whim and fall in love with a group of orphans who would turn their world upside-down.

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Bob & Carol Higgins

3rd Place
The People and the Olive [trailer]
Produced by Aaron Dennis

When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in 5 days across the West Bank they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees they are planting hope and building cultural bridges.

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On the Ground Global

4th Place
We Still Live Here As Nutayunean
Produced by Anne Makepeace

The people of the Wampanoag tribe work to preserve their language.

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4th Place
Who Will Stand [Trailer]
Produced by Phil Valentine

A film about the challenges wounded veterans face as they come home.

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Veterans of War
Professional Portraits of Individuals

1st Place
Caine's Arcade
Produced by Nirvan Mullick

A young boy's imagination captures the world by storm.

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Caine Monroy

2nd Place
The Arctic Garden
Produced by Will Parinello/Tom Dusenberry

Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat indigenous leader, takes aim at offshore oil drilling that threatens her people and the biodiversity in the Arctic Sea.

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Caroline Cannon

3rd Place
Aitan Grossman
Produced by The Working Group

Aitan Grossman uses music to promote environmentalism.

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Aitan Grossman

4th Place
Kiki Vo
Produced by The Working Group

Kiki Vo is an extraordinary Sacramento student who, through her perserverence, strong character, and ability to Forgive, has been able to celebrate life, finding happiness and success

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4th Place
Through the Eye of the Needle - The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
Produced by Bruce Steinhardt

More than 40 years after the Holocaust, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz depicted her remarkable story of survival through a series of fabric collage and embroidery panels.

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Professional Portraits of Organizations

1st Place
People of Dogs
Produced by Richard Moos from SOUTH AFRICA

Story of CLAW, an organization dedicated to caring for the animals of the poor in South Africa.

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CLAW

2nd Place
The Mothers of Ituzaingo
Produced by Will Parrinello

When her infant daughter died from pesticide poisoning, Sofia Gatiica organized the mothers in her community to stop the indiscriminate spraying of toxic agrochemicals.

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Sofia Gatica

3rd Place
Chukou Thao
Produced by The Working Group

Chukou Thao, executive director of National Hmong American Farmers, organizes Hmong farmers in his community to fight injustice.

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Chukou Thao

3rd Place
No Greater Pain [excerpts]
Produced by Desiree Holm/Matthew Marencik

Mother's in Charge is a Philadelphia organization that assists women who have lost children due to violence and raises awareness to violence and justice issues.

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Mother's in Charge organization
Narrative

1st Place
LAPET
Produced by Anshul Sinha from INDIA

Experience the journey of a kite.

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2nd Place
Life Is...
Produced by Produced by: Swishpan Films Inc. / Directed by: Ryan Knight

What does it mean to smile, to laugh, to share, and to love?

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3rd Place
Superhuman
Produced by Justin Beckett from AUSTRALIA

A young boy learns what a hero really is.

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4th Place
Dancing Eyes Closed
Produced by Mark Lawson Shepard

What a ballet dancer feels when she is dancing.

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4th Place
El Abuelo [Trailer]
Produced by Patrick Scott/Stephen Crutchfield

Nick, an autistic boy, doesn't speak. It is only when Nick is befriended by an illegal Mexican laborer, El Abuelo, that he finds his voice.

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Narrative Student

1st Place
Lucy
Produced by Libby Blood

Lucy, an autistic child, turns her disability into a strength through her imagination.

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2nd Place
Voyage to the Moon
Produced by Magdalena Ramirez

A young girl imagines how her journey to the moon would be.

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3rd Place
Silent Heart
Produced by Ryan Turner

A chance meeting proves fortunate for two artists-- a dancer and a violinist.

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4th Place
Drum and Play
Produced by Mohammad Alkazemi

Two competing street musicians learn the value of working together.

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Narrative Student/Mentor

1st Place
Isa's Final Draft
Produced by Jesus, Kad, Nataly, Rayhan

A story about Isabella, a young woman instilled with the dreams of her mother's sacrifices for her daughter to have a better life by accessing education opportunities she never had.

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2nd Place
The Race
Produced by Charlotte Dolman - UK

Neil and David met at nursery school. There was something different about Neil but David liked him, even though he often got himself into a bad temper. Neil knew that because of his condition eventually they would part company but David vowed that they would always remain best friends. FIRST LIGHT STUDIO - UK

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3rd Place
Movement
Produced by Daniella Segal, Daniel Lebaron, and Amal Adawi - CANADA / ISRAEL / PALESTINE

Two dancers from opposing communities express their pain through movement. PEACE IT TOGETHER

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Peace it Together

3rd Place
Spectrum
Produced by Anita Young, Shams Said and Shai Azati - CANADA / ISRAEL / PALESTINE

A whole worldview gets better in an instant; a narrative film from the 2011 Peace It Together initiative. PEACE IT TOGETHER

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Excerpt

1st Place
Right To Play - [Excerpt]
Produced by Frank Marshall

Olympian Johann Olav Koss embarked on a remarkable journey to use sports to improve the lives of African children.

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Olympian Johann Olav Koss

2nd Place
Not Yet Begun to Fight [excerpt]
Produced by Sabrina Lee, Shasta Grenier

A retired Marine Colonel heals traumatized marines through catch and release fishing.

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Marine Colonel Eric Hastings

3rd Place
NFL Characters Unite [excerpt]
Produced by Charlie Ebersol & Justin Hochberg

SuperBowl XL MVP Hines Ward, who has experienced prejudice and bullying in his own life, works with a similarly challenged young man and inspires him to achieve his dreams.

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SuperBowl XL MVP Hines Ward

4th Place
Speak Up [Excerpt]
Produced by Alice Cahn

Speak Up captures the authentic, everyday stories of America�s bullied kids and the youth who have helped them.

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Animation

1st Place
The Ocean We Want To Know
Produced by Macgillivray Freeman Films

One World One Ocean's new animated video celebrates the wonders of the ocean with stunning facts about our connection to the planet's lifeline.

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2nd Place
Much Better Now
Produced by Simon Griesser

The main character is a bookmark, stuck in a forgotten book, in a life marked by standstill in a deserted room. One day, the bookmark is swept back into the pages that turn into ocean waves and the two are united for a journey.

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3rd Place
Paper Words - Trailer
Produced by Joyce Lee

'Paper Words' is a 3D-animated short film about a young girl named Mei who uses her imagination and dreams to keep herself entertained in a world where few understand her.

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4th Place
An Olive
Produced by Produced by: / Directed by: N Nedyalkov - BULGARIA

A rat. An olive. A mission.

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4th Place
The Bump In My Nose
Produced by Kevin McGuiness

This film revolves around a young girl named Marissa Freedberg, who discusses the bump in her nose and other aspects of her appearance that make her uneasy.

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Animation Student

1st Place
The Girl and the Fox
Produced by Nick Allred / Tyler J. Kupferer

A young girl must track a mysterious fox through a foreboding wilderness.

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2nd Place
Common Ground Animation
Produced by Cara Bolley

Claymation tale reflecting on differences coming together.

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3rd Place
Invention of Love
Produced by Vladislav Pasternak / Andrey Shushkov from RUSSIA

A love story from the world of gears and bolts.

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3rd Place
Make it a Great Day
Produced by Joshua Jones

A late hatching chick ends up escaping, being shipped to a farm, and is now free to fly.

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3rd Place
Telly
Produced by Kevin Lam

The story of a metal boy and his struggle to complete a task.

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Indy Features in Development

1st Place
A Ride With Matt
Produced by Robert Rippberger

A Ride With Matt looks at the efforts of a few close friends to fund research into Huntington's disease and help a family heal.

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2nd Place
An Inconvenient Youth - 2012
Produced by Slater Jewell-Kemker from CANADA / USA

This important documentary film by MY HERO alum Slater Jewell-Kemker gives a voice to young people living and working on the front lines of climate change.

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2nd Place
Bag It
Produced by Michelle Hill

This film examines the impact of plastics on the environment, marine animals and human health.

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3rd Place
Fire in Our Hearts
Produced by Holly Carter

Jayshree from India tells her story, illuminating the immense social and economic potential of educating girls in the developing world.

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3rd Place
Granny's Got Game
Produced by Angela Alford

A 70+ women's basketball team proves we are never too old to do what we love.

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Heroic Individual

1st Place
Life with Lupus
Produced by Giovanna Gatto

Life with Lupus is a short documentary film about a young woman and her two sisters who care for their sick mother, while preparing for their future.

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2nd Place
Dr. Janice Clark, A Hero [excerpt]
Produced by Nancy Poss-Hatchl

Dr. Clark exhibits strength and creativity in the face of her disease and regains her love of life.

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Dr. Janice Clark

2nd Place
New Faces of Engineering: Jacquelin Reed
Produced by Juli Reed

Jacquelin Reed is a young civil engineer from Laguna Beach, and she is driven to make clean water accessible to all communities.

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Jacquelin Reed
Music Video

1st Place
SFU Public Square ONE VOICE Music Project
Produced by SFU Public Square/Sarah Van Borek from CANADA

The power of music, media, performance and collaboration to bridge divides and inspire appreciation for diverse communities.

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2nd Place
Playground Museum
Produced by Darren Press

PLAYGROUND MUSEUM - music, lyrics and performance by 13 year old indie singer/songwriter/guitarist Schuyler Iona Press.

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3rd Place
Get It Together - UNICEF
Produced by Berenika Maciejewicz - AFRICA

"Get It Together" by Broshigeez ft. Pau Gasol for his UNICEF Foundation.

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4th Place
San Francisco Love
Produced by Luz Rioja

A music video done to an original song about San Francisco. BAYCAT VIDEO

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4th Place
Taft High version of Ingrid Michaelsons Blood Brothers
Produced by Jerrilyn Jacobs

Featuring the Taft High School Choral Ensemble, Orchestra, Band, Guitar Ensemble, shot by the Taft Film making class, choreographed by student Jahla. We live this song! TAFT HIGH SCHOOL - LA

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VH1 Save the Music Foundation
Experimental

1st Place
The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck
Produced by Jason Silva

The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive...

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2nd Place
Purely Pacific Northwest
Produced by John Eklund

Purely Pacific Northwest

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3rd Place
Cradle to Grave
Produced by Ken Glaser

Travel through time and space in director/songwriter Ken Glaser's music video Cradle To Grave. This computer-animated fantasy is a thought-provoking visual and aural treat.

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College

1st Place
Mystical Arts of Tibet
Produced by Logan Cascia

Endorsed by the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing art, the monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery make their return to Madison. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

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2nd Place
The Resurgent Activist
Produced by Christian Hubshman

This film explores youth activism from the 1960s to the present Occupy movements when once again the youth of today are calling attention to social problems and injustice in American society. UCLA

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3rd Place
Marathon for Miracles
Produced by Joshua Smooha

A documentary on Dance Marathon, a philanthropy where students around the country stand on their feet for over forty hours to raise money for Children's Miracle Network, a charity dedicated to providing free health care to kids in need. FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

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3rd Place
Suit Yourself
Produced by Muriel Moraes, Justin Zerin

Latasha is a new mom striving to find a job with the help of an innovative nonprofit organization, Dress For Success.

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4th Place
A Portrait of Change
Produced by John Barrett and Alex Polley

Alex Polley of Laguna Beach overcomes an intense struggle with alcoholism.

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Alex Polley

4th Place
Cheikh, an Inspiring Person
Produced by Fary Sakho from SENEGAL

Cheikh Seck is an inspiration to many people in Senegal. TAGGAT COLLEGE OF MEDIA

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High School Documentary

1st Place
Life of an American Muslim
Produced by Rabiya Suedar / Brandy Ruedas

Students and teachers at Mission High School discuss Islam and the Muslim culture. MISSION HIGH SCHOOL

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2nd Place
My hero: Habitat For Humanity
Produced by Matt Dupree; Submitted by Ronan Hallowell

HS student looks at how Habitat works through series of interviews. NEW ROADS SCHOOL

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3rd Place
Finding Your Voice
Produced by Luz Rioja, Carlean Savea, Gabriela Portillo

A look at queer culture in San Francisco. BAYCAT VIDEO

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4th Place
A Green Initiative
Produced by Tatiyana Jenkins and L'Eunice Faust

Community Gardeners Take To the Streets

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4th Place
My Hero Laura Yale
Produced by Produced by: / Directed by: Marykate Quellmalz

Laura Yale is a beloved soccer coach. LAGUNA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL.

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High School Experimental

1st Place
Spark of Inspiration
Produced by ELINA MUSHINSKAYA

A creative celebration of creativity. TAFT HIGH SCHOOL

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2nd Place
Crossing Border
Produced by Christopher Rojas

A young man recounts his experience crossing the border with his family. VENICE ARTS

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3rd Place
Piano Man
Produced by Fiona Duerr

Venice beach's resident pianist talks a bit about himself. VENICE ARTS

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3rd Place
Power From The Sun
Produced by Matthew Cohen

Time lapse of solar cooking event at MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL.

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4th Place
Day of the Dead Photo Essay
Produced by Alicia Salinas

A street artist working in Venice Beach explains his passion. VENICE ARTS

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4th Place
The Flow
Produced by Jimmy Papik

A Skater describes how "the flow," or the energy, of a person is important when skating together. VENICE ARTS

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Middle School

1st Place
My Brother
Produced by Madison Boll - OREGON

A new perspective into the life of an Autistic child who is my hero.

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2nd Place
Blue Trees
Produced by Miranda Andersen from CANADA

A documentary on the subject of global deforestation featuring an Australian artist who paints trees blue as a form of social action.

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3rd Place
Embrace Diversity
Produced by Austin Fickman - LAGUNA BEACH

What does diversity mean? THURSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

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4th Place
Dr. Smile
Produced by Aaron Hernandez, Renata Schweers, Renata Ferrari, Andres Sierra - MEXICO

Dr. Smile is an organization devoted to bring laughter and hope to kids with cancer. CRAFTS ENGLISH WORKSHOPS - MEXICO

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4th Place
Kids for a Cooler Planet
Produced by Fletcher Passow - NEW HAMPSHIRE

A group of kids led thousands of people to change their habits and shop with re-usable bags. NEW HAMPSHIRE

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4th Place
Saving the Children
Produced by Ally Woodard - FLORIDA

Mama Lupita is a Hero to many. In ApriI, 2012, I visited the orphanage she started in 1986, Casa Hogar Elim, in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, as an Ambassador for The Art Miles Mural Program. We delivered Art Miles Shoes of Hope and met over 130 amazing children.

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Elementary

1st Place
Rainforest Fable
Produced by Cassidy Hancock, Breanna Meneses

Claymation PSA on the importance of saving world's rainforests. FIELDCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CANADA - MALI BICKLEY 5TH GRADE CLASS

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2nd Place
My Hero is my planet
Produced by Larissa Hernandez - MEXICO

Students share their efforts to help the earth. CRAFTS ENGLISH WORKSHOPS, MEXICO.

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3rd Place
Beach Montage
Produced by Sophia Lander

This is a montage of images from a MY HERO student's field trip to the beach in Crystal Cove. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LAGUNA BEACH

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3rd Place
Love Wilderness
Produced by Fernando

A young boy's first film about nature. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LAGUNA BEACH

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Student/Mentor

1st Place
Molly's Film [excerpt]
Produced by Jonathan Dumont - Head of Television Communications: The United Nations World Food Programme - ITALY

Molly, a 12-year-old girl from the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya shot this film.

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UN World Food Programme

2nd Place
The Butterfly Effect
Produced by Basil Khoury, Fatima Ahmed, Sophia Sharon Dukarevich. CANADA / ISRAEL / PALESTINE

A discussion of social problems facing today�s global community, with a focus on how these actions create ripple effects around the world. PEACE IT TOGETHER

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Peace it Together

3rd Place
A Mile in Our Shoes
Produced by Daniel Walker - UK

Young people relate what it is like to have to care for others with illnesses and disabilities. They are called young carers, and each have to take on great responsibilities despite their age. FIRST LIGHT STUDIO - UK

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4th Place
Homelessness
Produced by Charlotte Dolman - UK

People discuss the detrimental and circular repercussions of homelessness. FIRST LIGHT STUDIO - UK

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4th Place
Kindness Counts at T.O.W.
Produced by TOW Students/Lynda Davis - TOP OF THE WORLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - LAGUNA BEACH

Students at the Top of the World Elementary school in Laguna Beach participate in Rachel's Challenge - a project that promotes kindness.

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4th Place
United Nations Millennium Development Goals
Produced by MENTOR/PRODUCER Marsha Levine

Young people around the world learning to make films that celebrate human dignity.

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Student/Mentor Animation

1st Place
The Flood
Produced by Vasiliy Koretskiy - RUSSIA

Musical cartoon, the parable of Noah's Ark of Salvation, made by children, students from Sunday schools in Russia, Ukraine and Cyprus.

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2nd Place
The Boxer
Produced by Charlotte Dolman - UK

The Boxer is a documentary about Don James, an ex-boxer and trainer from Merthyr Tydfil. FIRST LIGHT STUDIO - UK

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Environmental

1st Place
Home to Turkana
Produced by John Antonelli / Will Parinello

Ikal Angelei returned to her homeland in Kenya to stop construction on a $60 billion dam that would imperil Lake Turkana and the people whose survival depends on it. �

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Ikal Angelei

2nd Place
The Researcher
Produced by Kerrin Sheldon / Gaston Blanchet

Dibesh Karmacharya is a conservation biologist who returned to his home country of Nepal to contribute his genetics expertise to a momentous task: conserving the Bengal tiger in the Himalayas.

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3rd Place
A Wild Idea [Trailer]
Produced by Veronica Moscoso

A Wild Idea is a documentary about Ecuador's proposal to fight climate change.

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3rd Place
The New Russia
Produced by Will Parinello

In the face of rampant political corruption, Evgenia Chirikova is mobilizing her fellow Russian citizens to reroute a highway that would destroy Moscow�s Khimki Forest.

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Evgenia Chirikova
Series

1st Place
Stories of TRUST - Arizona
Produced by Christi Cooper-Kuhn, Katie Lose-Gilbertson, Kelly Matheson

Young Navajo artist Jaime Lynn Butler campaigns to save the environment of her beloved American Southwest.

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Jaime Lynn Butler

2nd Place
Stories of TRUST - Alaska
Produced by Christi Cooper-Kuhn, Katie Lose-Gilbertson, Kelly Matheson

Nelson Kanuk of Alaska is taking a case to court on behalf of the Alaskan environment.

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Nelson Kanuk

3rd Place
Dreaming in Green
Produced by Lynne Cherry

When four Florida middle school students learn about the potential effect of sea level rise on Miami's economy, they conduct a school energy audit with the help of the non-profit "Dream in Green". Through their actions, their school saves thousands of dollars in energy costs by doing simple things that add up.

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4th Place
Green Ambassadors
Produced by Lynne Cherry

Green Ambassadors recycle, compost, plant trees, carry Clean Canteens, start a Clean Plate Club, educate elementary school kids about sustainability and do much more to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Community Hero

1st Place
Adarsha and Apoorva
Produced by The Working Group

Adarsha and Apoorva are two siblings on a mission to help with farming projects in India and garden projects in the US.

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1st Place
Janet Miller
Produced by The Working Group

Janet Miller leads her students to stand up for their LGBT peers.

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Janet Miller

2nd Place
Stories of TRUST - Pennsylvania
Produced by Christi Cooper-Kuhn, Katie Lose-Gilbertson, Kelly Matheson

Ashley Funk challenges the US government over the coal-related pollution plaguing her community.

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3rd Place
The Protector
Produced by Gaston Blanchet / Kerrin Sheldon

Belle Staurowsky uses her champion karate and self-defense skills to empower at-risk Indian girls to protect themselves from human trafficking threats.

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4th Place
Girl Scouts
Produced by Lynne Cherry

These committed scouts go door-to-door distributing free energy-efficient CFL light bulbs and educate the public about how much energy they can save.

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Documentary

1st Place
Ejaz's Story
Produced by Syed Zayer Hassan from PAKISTAN

Ejaz Najum, 12, was living in Karampur, when floods ravaged his entire village and surrounding communities in late July 2010...

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2nd Place
Ubuntu
Produced by Rhonda J. Zabinsky from CANADA

In Ubutu (kindness), viewers will get a glimmer of what it is like to live in a township. This short is intended to provoke initial thought and discussion on whether townships should be abolished and how to improve them from the very people living in a township.

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3rd Place
Austin Police Department & LGPOA: It Gets Better
Produced by Steven McCormick/Shawn Northcutt

The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association sends a message to LGBTQ youth that it does get better.

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3rd Place
Hashim The Truth Angel
Produced by Sandi Bachom

Manger of the Role Model Program, Hashim Garrett "The Truth Angel", a part of the Guardian Angels "Education Team" goes into schools and shares his experience of being shot when he was 15 years old and paralyzed.

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Hashim Garrett

4th Place
Harmonious and Discordant: A Story of Love
Produced by Zoeann Murphy

A loving Zambian couple makes the life saving choice to get tested for HIV together.

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Overcoming Obstacles

1st Place
I Want to Say
Produced by Peter Sorcher / Clint Goldman

An inspiring story of how dedicated experts and innovate technologies are being developed to help those suffering from autism.

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2nd Place
Seduti sulla Neve
Produced by Raffaele Canepa

A short documentary about sports and disability: novice skiers and paralympic champions give us an overview on disabled skiing.

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3rd Place
Driving William - Trailer
Produced by Joanna Higgs from SOUTH AFRICA

A young boy in South Africa suffers a devastating blow, but recovers with the help of his guardian angel.

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4th Place
Disability Is Ability
Produced by CineMakulay Production / Christian De Torres

The story of Jeffrey Lozano, a man defying expectations, and the lives he's touched.

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4th Place
Sometimes I Dream
Produced by Rosie Baldwin - UK

With dream-like sequences and allusions to flying, this documentary gives an evocative experience portraying the power of human determination in the face of social prejudice and extreme personal suffering.

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Educational

1st Place
AMAI The Bird of Light
Produced by Fauzia Minallah from PAKISTAN

Amai wants children to know their world, love and respect it and work for making it a humane one.

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2nd Place
Seafood Story
Produced by Wendy Milette

Creatures of the sea voice their pain about overfishing.

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2nd Place
The Story of Cholera
Produced by Deborah van Dyke

The Story of Cholera will save lives.

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3rd Place
Dissolving Destinies
Produced by Brandon Strathmann, co-directed by Carlene Strathmann

These sea characters help remind us how important it is to be aware of our daily actions and how they will impact our future.

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4th Place
Everyone is a Hero (2012)
Produced by Jabril Mack - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Working together is the way to solve problems.

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Original HERO song

1st Place
ECO Hero Rap
Produced by Wendy Milette & Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach

Students in the Celebrate ECO Heroism Program at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club collaborated on this song with the help of musician, Stu Pearlman.

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PSA

1st Place
Actions Follow Us
Produced by Mallory Arkin and Kyle Herman

A clever story about how all actions have consequences.

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2nd Place
Seeds Of Peace
Produced by Eric Kapenga

Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has set the standard in international peace-building by providing exceptional young people and educators from regions of conflict with an otherwise impossible opportunity to meet their historic enemies face-to-face at our International Camp in Maine.

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3rd Place
Change The Future
Produced by Mattan Cohen

The most important time to make a positive change is now.

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4th Place
Hero - Red Cross PSA
Produced by Mattan Cohen

A young girl realizes that anyone can be a hero.

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4th Place
It Starts With a Seed
Produced by Amos Byon

Green makes the planet beautiful. Let's keep it that way.

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