Phoenix Film Festival and KIDS FIRST! Film Festival have officially selected Dixiletta Moving Pictures short film “Take a Stand” for entry.
Phoenix Film Festival is Arizona’s largest film festival, screening over 250 films each year and hosting events including filmmaking seminars and parties for over 25,000 attendees year round. MovieMaker Magazine named the festival in lists of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals and the Top 50 Worth the Entry Fee.
The international KIDS FIRST! Film Festival features more than 200 films annually from filmmakers — novice and expert alike — whose work gives a voice to the world’s youth. The event is presented in collaboration with notable film festivals such as Newport Beach Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival and Gig Harbor Film Festival.
In “Take a Stand,” two ambitious girls set up a lemonade stand and two mischievous boys throw grapefruit over a nearby fence to sabotage their venture. As the conflict worsens, the four children must reconsider their personal motivations and make difficult choices.
“A lemonade stand is a metaphor for life and dealing with bad behavior,” wrote Denise B. and Julie S., jurors for KIDS FIRST! The 11-minute film, set in the suburban Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia, “delivers a poignant message.”
Denise B. and Julie S. praised the film’s straightforward story, capable acting and notable sound quality, all of which contribute to a prevalent sense of realism. The jurors awarded the film four out of five stars.