While film festivals serve as the primary showcase for short films, the fierce competition for
screen time prohibits most shorts from ever reaching the eyes of audiences and potential
distributors. Which is why Kids in the Spotlight’s recent Best Drama win at the Shiver
International Film Festival is all the more amazing.

“Parallel,” explores double standards when
sexual misconduct occurs at a high school.
The powerful and timely film, written by
Ruth Arnold, Baiinga Bangura, Santiago
Chavez, and Nelcit Lopez, stars Corey
Feldman, Scott Deckert, Bella Opa, Breana
Raquel, Aliyah Moulden and Santiago

Veteran director and longtime KITS
Ambassador David Mahmoudieh turns in a
stark yet stunning work that features a
breakout performance by Chavez that
earned him a Best Actor nom.

Shiver International Film Festival is the premier shorts exhibition in Canada. Our thanks to
the judges who found merit in the work of our students. Kids in the Spotlight is dedicated to
bringing awareness to important topics such as this by providing a platform for the brave
youth who live these realities daily.

Congratulations to all of our young filmmakers. You continue to prove that foster care does
not define you.

To purchase a DVD copy of “Parallel” visit: https://www.kitsinc.org/product-page/11-shortfilms-season-10-2019


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