BALTIMORE Multi-awarding winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs’ Naga Pixie won the 2017 Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF) Kidz Shorts Award. The comedy/adventure short also won the 2016 Gary International Black Film Festival Best Youth Film award.
Naga Pixie is the second of three films that Hobbs has produced under his company Imagination Lunchbox.
The Bonita Springs International Film Festival was held at the Arts Center of Bonita Springs, Fla. The BIFF's mission is to create experiences that discover extraordinary films from around the world. It presents over 70 carefully selected narratives, documentaries, animations and shorts, and Hobbs’ short won in the youth category.
Anthony Michael plays Jason who, along with friends, tries to figure out why a Pixie (played by Trinity Breanne Perio) is always nagging them about not hurting animals and respecting nature. Naga Pixie also stars Trey Feledy (Alex Hamilton), Kayla Johnson (Serena Keith), Kendall Clark, Noah Thomas Amanda Trinh, Danny Palmer and Thomas Johnson.
Hobbs' first short film One Nation was screened at 10 national film festivals and won four awards. It is an inspirational film about a boy named Steven who along with his five friends (Jeffrey, Spice, Hope, Rose, and Brianna), decide that they need to give back to members of the Armed Forces returning to the United States.
Last year,Anthony Michael hosted the youth awards presentation at the Ocktober Film Festival in New York. He has also served as spokesman for the Root Branch Academy’s Youth Film Festival and former NFL player Joel Gamble’s Career Scholars Program.
Hobbs has garnered six awards from Global Stars Network for his acting skills. He is best known for his role as a young Frederick Douglass in the 2013 Emmy Award nominated “The American Experience: The Abolitionist," a PBS Special mini-series and a starring role in the DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs.”
On April 30, 2017, his production company will host the first annual Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival (ILICFF) at the Arbutus Community Hall of the Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland.
The event aims to showcase and honor short films produced by youth, for youth and starring youth. It will offer an industry expert panel for discussion, and a Q &A session for visiting young filmmakers.
Held in partnership with the 18th annual Uplifting Minds II (ULMII) entertainment conference (www.UpliftingMinds2.com), the ILICFF will offer a ULMII Honorary Award for the most uplifting film. Submissions for short films are open now and will close at the end of March.
For more information about Naga Pixie, One Nation or the Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival, visit: www.anthony-michael.com or www.ImaginationLunchbox.com.