Overall Winner 2009 Elfenworks Social Justice Category

The Elfenworks Foundation, in conjunction with Campus MovieFest, is pleased to announce the winners of the annual film festival’s 2008-09 Elfenworks Social Justice Award. First place went to “Homeboy Industries,” a compelling short about an LA-based gang prevention program founded by In Harmony with Hope winner Greg Boyle. The winning team of students calls itself streetknowledge and hails from the University of Southern California.” The filmmakers offer an inspiring story, and the strongly compelling and thought-provoking statistics comparing the cost of education vs. cost of incarceration does a good job of making their point,” said TEF founder Dr. Lauren Speeth.

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Artistic Excellence 2009 Elfenworks Social Justice Category

A visually evocative piece called “Hands of Change” received a special runner-up award from The Elfenworks Foundation. TEF applauds the creativity of the student team called JUMP from Sonoma State University.

Campus MovieFest 2009 Conclusion

The awards were presented on June 11 the International Grand Finale, held at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.  A number of Hollywood celebrities were on hand to help celebrate the achievements of the filmmakers, including James Cromwell, Christian Slater and Don Johnson. The Campus MovieFest is the world’s largest student film festival. The Elfenworks Social Justice Award was created two years ago to foster awareness of domestic poverty issues. The winning entries will be aired on all Virgin America flights this summer.

The Elfenworks Foundation is also happy to announce the winners of the first Campus MusicFest Social Justice Award, which were presented on the last night of the CMF International Grand Finale in LA. Three prizes were awarded. Third place went to the band Tsavo for Lost and Forgotten, a captivating tune that sets the tone for a positive plan of action.  In second place, This Time by The Constant, provides a message of hope and optimism.  And The Elfenworks Social Justice Award first place winner went to Eyeshine for Alone, a soul-baring song written from the perspective of the homeless.

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