March 30, 2015 10:37 am
The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival has awarded On Beauty with the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short. This is the second film festival award in as many weeks for director Joanna Rudnick's film, following the Geneva Film Festival also honoring it with the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short. The film also won the Chicago International Film Festival's Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short at its world premiere in October 2014. On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty. The 31-minute film is Rudnick's follow up to her Emmy-nominated debut, In the Family. Official On Beauty film posters are currently now available for pre-sale. All funds help support our outreach campaign and to showcase Rick’s beautiful photography of either Sarah or Jayne. In celebration of this announcement, we are hosting a raffle to give away a free poster. To enter your name in the drawing, submit your story on the film's Beauty in Difference page. This gallery is a curated online collection of people, organizations and campaigns that challenge norms, inspire us and exemplify the many faces of beauty. Submissions must be a work of art you created that represents your definition of beauty. Take a photo, write a poem, create a short film or use any medium you like as long as it follows the theme of differences are beautiful. Works must be original and submitted by the creator along with a short bio and description of the piece. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 25, 2015 to be considered for the raffle for a free poster. Posters are 12″ x 18″ and will be shipped out in May. The gallery is part of the On Beauty education initiative, which focuses on engaging young people and empowering them to advance the movement to redefine beauty. The primary goal of this campaign is to change how we see ourselves and others by using the film and accredited lesson plans in high school classrooms around the country. To support this initiative, purchase a poster or make a donation directly to the filmmakers. Request a screening here.