13 September 2023 |
The short film “Those Were the Good Days,” produced in collaboration with Pacific Union College, has garnered the “Best Short Film North America” award at the Kids International Family Film Festival, according to a recent article by NAD News. The six-minute film has also earned additional accolades: it was named an official selection for the upcoming Topaz Film Festival, honored by the Women in Film Dallas Scholastic Grant Fund, and was a finalist for an Atticus Award at the Daddying Film Festival & Forum earlier this year. In a statement, the organizers of Sonscreen, the festival where the film was originally showcased, expressed gratitude for the film’s impact, noting that “parents, especially, seem to connect with its themes and feel encouraged to make the most of every moment with their families.”
Rachel Scribner, the film’s writer and director, has found the project to be an enriching experience, offering opportunities to network with other creatives in the industry. “I’m so grateful that Sonscreen supported me in telling this story,” she said. She further elaborated on the exceptional team she had the chance to work with and applauded the festival’s commitment to nurturing artistic talent. Scribner has also been invited to attend the Topaz Film Festival for a special screening of her film.
The project was initially conceived as part of the 2022 international cross-media Happiness Project, focusing on the theme that happiness is “something we learn,” according to project coordinator Adrian Duré. Festival executive director Julio C. Muñoz is hopeful that the film will mark the beginning of many such collaborative projects for Sonscreen. Under his direction and with the help of veteran producer Rajeev Sigamoney, Sonscreen has already sponsored other projects, such as “Inner Space,” a student project from Pacific Union College, and “The Color of Threads,” a historical piece from the Walla Walla University Center for Media Ministry.
To continue fostering creativity and storytelling, Sonscreen is about to launch its new website, a platform as much for streaming films as it is for promoting their annual festival. Starting September 15, “Those Were the Good Days” will be available for free streaming on this platform, along with a collection of other projects. The site will also include a submission form for aspiring filmmakers to share their work with a broader audience.