STORIES
Press_Release

Pinay Canadian wins top honors at film fest

by Steve Angeles
ABS-CBN North America New Bureau

Angelina Cantada with Josh Vander Vies, his wife, and son at the 2011 MY HERO International Film Festival (Photo by Jamie Andrews, The MY HERO Project)
Angelina Cantada with Josh Vander Vies, his wife, and son at the 2011 MY HERO International Film Festival (Photo by Jamie Andrews, The MY HERO Project)

LOS ANGELES - Filmmaker Angelina Cantada won top honors during the 7th Annual My Hero Project film festival for best short film titled “Josh.”

The My Hero Project Film Festival honors filmmakers and their subjects that have made a difference in their communities.

The nine-minute movie follows a day in the life of Cantada’s friend Josh Vander Vies, a Canadian law student born with no arms and legs. Vander Vies is now a player for Canada’s National Bocce Ball Team.

Josh Vander Vies speaks to the audience and receives a Special Hero Award at the 2011 MY HERO International Film Festival (Photo by Jamie Andrews, The MY HERO Project)
Josh Vander Vies speaks to the audience and receives a Special Hero Award at the 2011 MY HERO International Film Festival (Photo by Jamie Andrews, The MY HERO Project)

“I just want to put out a message that we all have challenges in life, but it’s what we do with those challenges there’s always a way to get around the different types of barriers we have,” said Cantada.

Vander Vies, who is a motivational speaker, said being a part of Cantada’s movie gave him a chance to bring his message to a worldwide audience.

“Getting my story out there is something I’m comfortable with already and I don’t do things in my life to inspire other people but I’m happy if things I can do can inspire someone else,” said Vander Vies.

Page created on 1/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 7/7/2017 11:07:56 PM

Related Links

ABS-CBN News - Read the article directly from the ABS-CBN news.com website
Josh - Watch the 'Heroic Individual' award-winning short film by Angelina Cantada
Josh Vander Vies on MY HERO - Read a hero story about Josh Vander Vies

Author Info

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
ABS-CBN News
Los Angeles