Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to announce six finalists in their unique online video contest, filmpossible.
For one month only voters can visit www.filmpossible.ca to vote for one of the two-minute videos. For every vote cast Cisco Canada is donating $1 per vote to Holland Bloorview, to a maximum of $5000.
"The entrants have done an incredible job of bringing visibility to disability, and helping to create awareness of a world where children with disabilities can live life to the fullest," said Christa Haanstra, Chief of Communications and Public Affairs. "Their courage and passion is palpable. Now it's up to you to support them by viewing, voting and spreading the word."
The six finalists were selected from 73 entries by online public voting and a panel of celebrity judges.
Kiesha's Story, by Tammy Embrey, 38, from Port Colborne; a moving tribute to her 5-year-old daughter Kiesha who has multiple disabilities.
The Triangle Girl Retold, by Taryn Green, 28, from Sudbury; a unique look at disability based on a story Taryn wrote at age 6.
Robert's Story, by Jeremy McCracken, 31, from Toronto; inspiring personal reflections by Paralympian gold medalist Robert Hampson.
It Takes a Community, by Graeme Mislan, 28, from Toronto; shows how a life is transformed by a community's simple acts of inclusion.
Don't Be Oblivious, by Joseph Park, 26, from Toronto; a humorous look at attitudinal barriers faced by people with disabilities.
Does it Really Matter, by Brigitte Patenaude, 19, from Ottawa; a simple yet powerful challenge to our attitudes about disability.
Voting is now open and continues until 11.59 p.m. on October 29th. Filmpossible's first prize winner will receive $5,000; second prize, donated by Mars Canada, is a $500 movie gift card and a Mars gift package; third prize is a iPod Touch and iTunes gift cards furnished by Gemsbok Technologies. Three honorable mention prize winners will each receive a Flip Video Camcorder donated by Cisco.
Singer/songwriter Justin Hines who lives with Larsen's Syndrome was among the celebrity judges. "It was incredibly inspiring watching the submissions," he said. "I found my own views on disability awareness constantly challenged which is something I didn't expect."
Also on the judging panel were comics Trevor Boris and Nikki Payne; Ian Brown, best-selling author of The Boy in the Moon, about his disabled son, Walker; and film experts Allen Braude, Tania B. Reilly, and Karen Shopsowitz.
In Canada, one in five Canadian families is raising a child with a significant emotional, behavioral or developmental disability; in Ontario alone, there are almost 230,000 kids with disabilities.
For more information, please visit www.filmpossible.ca.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada's largest children's rehabilitation teaching hospital. For over a century, we've pioneered treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life. Visit www.hollandbloorview.ca