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MY HERO International Short Film Festival

The MY HERO Project has extended the deadline for the MY HERO International Short Film Festival. Since 2005, the festival has been celebrating the best of humanity on film. If you have a film that celebrates a hero or an act of heroism, MY HERO invites you to share your story with a global audience. The festival welcomes films of all genres, including documentary, narrative and experimental films. Winners will be eligible for cash prizes of up to $2,000. The Ron Kovic Peace Award, which will go to the short film that best addresses the theme of "peace and the Dan Eldon Activist Award, which will be awarded to the short film that best represents “activism.” The deadline for submissions is now October 1, 2011. Please visit our web site for more details (  or ).


Call for Entries for the Dan Eldon Activist Award

The MY HERO International Short Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2011 Dan Eldon Activist Award.  Eldon, an artist and activist, was a hero in the truest sense; a photojournalist whose passion was to shed light on stories that needed to be told.  In 1993, 22-year-old Eldon was killed by an angry mob while covering the conflict in Somalia.  To honor Eldon's memory and his life's work, the MY HERO International Short Film Festival will present the Dan Eldon Activist Award to the short film that best addresses the theme of "activism."

Dan Eldon's mother, will present the award at the Screening and Award Ceremony, which takes place December 3rd at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.  Kathy Eldon is a journalist, author and humanitarian who has channeled her grief and energy into the Creative Visions Foundation, which helps artists, writers and filmmakers use their artistic disciplines as vehicles of social change. 

The festival is part of The MY HERO Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that celebrates the best of humanity through its website (  The web site is used by millions of students and teachers around the world.  Winning films can be viewed online at

Last year's Eldon Award winner was Pedal = Sight, by Jacob & Isaac Seigel-Boettner.  Pedal=Sight is the story of a young woman, Bharati, whose life was transformed by the simple gift of a bicycle, which allowed her to commute to high school.

The deadline for entries is October 1, 2011.  For more information on the Dan Eldon Activist Award, please visit the MY HERO web site:  
To submit your film, click the following link:  
You may provide a link to your film, if it is online.  Each finalist will be asked to send a DVD in full resolution QuickTime format. 


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