San Mateo, CA, May 17, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Alex King wins Rising Star Award at the CIFF in Vancouver Canada
The 2012 Canada International Film Festival held its festival and awards March 31st through April 1st in Vancouver British Columbia. Among the winners was Alex King for his documentary, “Born To Be Our Children, Romanian Adoption Stories.”
The festival is held each year in the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C., celebrating the independent film it brings the very best from over 90 countries around the world. The festival this year was held over the weekend opening with a filmmaker reception and closing with the Awards Ceremony. As their website states, they are “honoring the important work of some of today’s brightest and most creative artists.”
Alex King, San Francisco Bay Area Resident, was honored to be among the filmmakers this year. He received a Rising Star Award in Filmmaking for his feature length documentary about Romanian children and their adopted families. Alex was adopted from a Romanian orphanage when he was almost six years old.
The documentary takes the viewer back to the 1989 Revolution in Romania that brought about the overthrow of their Dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. After the revolution, images of the thousands of orphans began appearing. People all over the world saw the faces of these children. This is a story about some of the families who knew in their hearts that they needed to go to Romania and find the children that were “Born To Be Our Children.”
This film retraces the adoption process of some of those families that ventured thousands of miles to find their children. You hear the joys, the heartache. You meet the children and hear what they have to say about their adoption and about their lives now in America.
Last year Alex King’s documentary also won him the Gold Remi at the 2011 Houston Worldfest International Film Festival. In March 2011, his documentary was among the Official Selection at the LA Film and Music Weekend where it had its first screening in Beverly Hills. In October he was honored to win the Shelly Fay Memorial Videography Scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, San Francisco/Northern California chapter. This recognition was for his film work, which aired on KCSM Television. In addition to these awards, he just received word that his Romanian documentary was an Official Selection at the 2011 San Francisco Short Film Festival.
When asked about his Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival, Alex, who has lived with learning disabilities, said “I am honored to be selected as a Rising Star at the age of twenty three. I know that filmmaking is my passion. I hope to one-day work for a production company or a television series on the Discovery or History Channel. I learned to never give up when you want to follow your dreams. I had many people tell me that I couldn’t accomplish things because of my disabilities. I think I could inspire others with learning disabilities. I believe film can make a difference in the world and I want to be a part of that.”
For more information on Alex King, to contact him or to purchase his award winning documentary, please visit his website at www.akingproduction.com.