More than 1,500 young filmmakers, writers and directors work with Ghetto Film School locations in New York and Los Angeles annually.
Some of the best and brightest of those storytellers took part in a filmmaking competition to highlight how a selection of Cigna Foundation’s New York City-based World of Difference non-profit grant partners are creating a positive impact on the health and well-being of local residents.
Three young New York City filmmakers were named winners in the competition. Here’s a look at their award-winning films.
Third Place: Eddy Rigaud, “Life Is Not A Game”
Eddy Rigaud’s film “Life is Not a Game” spotlighted the Mount Sinai’s Project TEEN HEED (Help Educate to Eliminate Diabetes) program. Led by youth in East Harlem, this diabetes prevention program is for at-risk multicultural young people ages 10-22.
Second Place: Kecia Romiel, “Bridging The Gap”
Kecia Romiel’s film “Bridging the Gap” focused on Dr. Ina Vandebroek’s and the New York Botanical Garden’s innovative research project that seeks to improve health care for New York’s immigrant Latino and Caribbean communities.
First Place: Antonello Velez, “Never Stop”
Antonello Velez’s film “Never Stop” highlighted the work of Achilles International. This non-profit helps people with all types of physical disabilities experience the feelings of joy, satisfaction, and accomplishment that come from participating in mainstream running events.