Category: News

FAITH’S WORLD SELECTED FOR UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL

Great news! FAITH’S WORLD (one of four new films for Season Three of FILMS BYKIDS to be broadcast on public television in early 2021) has been selected for the 23rd United Nations Association Film Festival.

In FAITH’S WORLD, 16-year-old Faith Guilbault shares life with physical disability and her wish that students and society embrace our similarities, not our differences.

“The Jury reviewed almost 600 submissions and found your film to be extremely pertinent and well suited for this year’s festival theme, THE POWER OF EMPATHY, and we feel strongly that the audience will be captivated by your work.” The festival usually happens at Stanford University, but this year will be held virtually. The film will be open to California residents starting at midnight on Thursday, October 22 and culminate with a panel discussion on Friday, October 23 at 6 pm PT. TICKET INFO

I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE SELECTED FOR SAN FRANCISCO DOC FEST

I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE is selected by the San Francisco Documentary Festival to screen September 3-20! Congratulations to the amazing team that brought this film to the world including Mike Martin, Chiemi Karasawa and Hollis Meminger.

19-year-old Michael Martin reflects on his life in Harlem, his interests in music and art, and how his incarceration on Rikers Island affected him. His film plays in Shorts Program 3 – The Real World: Four ways to tell unique African-American stories: through self-reflection, poetry, essay and oral history. TICKETS

GENDER EQUITY PRIZE AT PRIX JEUNESSE FOR WALK ON MY OWN

We are honored to get the Gender Equity Prize for WALK ON MY OWN from the prestigious Prix Jeunesse 2020 children’s television festival. We also got second place from the International Youth Jury! Congratulations to the whole team and our wonderful partners at Tostan.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF NY HOSTS PREMIERE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION OF AGAINST THE CURRENT

Thanks to our wonderful partner, the United Nations Association of New York for our first virtual screening premiere of “Against the Current” and a riveting conversation with filmmaker Duannette Moniz-Reyome, Evan Mascagni (BYkids mentor), Holly Carter (BYkids Founder) and moderated by Cynthia Benitez (Film Programming Manager at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian).

WORLD CHANNEL REBROADCASTS TWO BYKIDS FILMS

Working to help parents home-school their children during the global pandemic, I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE and MY BEAUTIFUL NICARAGUA air on the WLIW World Channel.

BYKIDS VISITS GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL AS PART OF DIVERSITY AWARENESS WEEK

Thank you Greenwich High School for inviting us to screen and discuss POET AGAINST PREJUDICE with almost 500 kids during your Diversity Awareness Week. The student questions were inspiring and thoughtful about racism, immigration, self expression and the power of film! “That was the most engaged I have seen an audience of high schoolers for any of these talks! Nice job!!!” says one student.

BYKIDS JUNIOR BOARD HOSTS SCREENING AND EDUCATION DISCUSSION

Thank you to the BYkids Junior Board for a great inaugural event — a conversation on engaging kids in learning around a screening of the documentary AGAINST THE CURRENT. Daunnette Moniz-Reyome (age 17) lives on the UmoNHon Native American reservation in Nebraska and wants to inspire her peers to celebrate their culture, despite being surrounded by depression and addiction.

PENPAL SCHOOLS’ PARTNERSHIP: THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES

Thank you to PenPal Schools for featuring BYkids films in their classrooms around the world. We love their Essential Question: How can storytelling and documentary filmmaking have a positive impact on the world? And teacher and student answers. See here

BYkids ATTENDS EYES ON THE GOALS at the UN

BYkids is honored to be part of EYES ON THE GOALS at the United Nations. 

OUT OF ALEPPO IS A FINALIST IN THE MY HERO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Congratulations to OUT OF ALEPPO filmmaker, Mohammad Shasho, and his mentor, Anja Baron, on being named a finalist in the MY HERO International Film Festival.