White Ball Productions was honored this month as a finalist in the 2024 Austin Lift-Off Film Festival. This marks the third recognition for Grandpa and Shorty in the past three months! This latest festival is part of the Lift-Off Global Network, which is a group of filmmakers around the world that can collaborate and participate in networking events, gain industry insight for film production and marketing, and share feedback for fellow members’ projects. They currently host festivals in twelve cities across the globe, and White Ball Productions was pleased to be accepted to their Austin, TX showcase.

Grandpa and Shorty contended with four other films in the “Features” category–two narratives and two documentaries. The first round of judging included a public audience vote, and Grandpa and Shorty garnered the most of all 38 films in the “Features” category. The top five films then proceeded to the final Festival Round, which was judged by Lift-Off Network peer reviews and a film industry jury assessment. The film received widely positive reviews, and White Ball Productions made excellent network contacts in both online and in-person “speed dating” networking events. It was an encouraging experience for the team as they continue to promote Grandpa and Shorty for online distribution opportunities.

In addition to the Austin Lift-Off Film Festival, Grandpa and Shorty was selected for the 2024 Military Story Showcase, and received excellent reviews from the 2024 Independent Film Institute festival. Many thanks to these festivals for recognizing and promoting independent films across the world!

As they continue to promote the film through the festival circuit, White Ball Productions is looking forward to hosting their official premiere of Grandpa and Shorty for family, friends, local press, and film industry colleagues on Saturday, July 20th at The Oaks Theater in Oakmont, PA. Please stay tuned for more news soon!

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