SOURCE: Freshi Filmworx and The International Family Film Festival (IFFF)

July 12, 2010 17:47 ET

Nancy Cartwright Makes Good Choices

Emmy Award Winning Actress ("The Simpsons") Launches "Happy House Good Choices™ Movies With a Message™" Contest to Teach Children 6-14 Media Communications Skills and How to Make Good Choices

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson and an active civic leader and philanthropist, has joined forces with Freshi Filmworx and The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) to establish the "Happy House Good Choices™ Movies With a Message™" contest based on the positive premises of the Good Choices program. The after-school program was developed by Cartwright's non-profit foundation, Happy House which strives to Build Better Families. The actress, who is in her 22nd year of voicing Bart Simpson, and has more credits than can be listed here, goes on to say, "Filmmakers of any age have the ability to change the world with their ideas, images and stories."

This unique film competition, in which a choice of three themes communicates a way in which to make Good Choices, can be entered by students in two age groups, from 6-10 or 11-14 years of age. The theme options are Bullying, Taking Care of Yourself and Respecting Other People, Property, Family and/or Community. The films, not to exceed 10 minutes, can either be live action, animation or a combination. With computer capabilities and programs like those of Freshi, a filmmaking program in its fifth year, younger and younger filmmakers are evolving.

There are multiple reasons for this endeavor. According to Suzanne Shoemaker, one of the founders of Freshi, "The dropout rate in schools was approaching 50% nationwide and we realized we had to do something to infuse the visual communications tools of the 21st century into the classroom to get kids reengaged."

The Grand Prize, for Best Overall Film, is a day in Hollywood with Nancy Cartwright. For Best Representation of Theme, the winner will get an escorted tour of Universal Studios Theme Park and a video camera, for Audience Favorite an escorted tour of an animation studio and a visit to a taping of a show, Most Imaginative film creator will receive an escorted tour of a film studio and a free Hollywood Film Camp, Best Use of Filmmaking Skills will be rewarded with a free filmmaking program for the school the student goes to and a video camera and the Best Family Project (one in which the entire family participates) will receive a free DVD series, "How To Make Movies," and a day with a filmmaker filming the family. All prizes will be given in each age category.

The submission deadline is January 16, 2011. Fifty semi-finalist films will be chosen to be submitted to the International Family Film Festival (IFFF) for judging. These filmmakers will be notified of this selection by January 26, 2011. Twelve films will be selected as Finalists in each age bracket and screened at the International Family Film Festival (IFFF) in Hollywood on March 19, 2011, when and where the award presentation will take place. For additional information contact (818) 882-7483 or log onto

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