BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Three University of Bridgeport students won awards at the second annual Envision Kindness Student Film Contest.
Woojoo Shin and Taewan Kim, students at UB's Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, won second place for their film, Message of Kindness. It also captured second place for best cinematography.
Mellissa Foster’s film, One Act of Kindness, won third place and Best Music in the college division.
The school will be awarded a prize of $575.00.
The contest challenged college, high school and middle school students from across Connecticut to conceive and produce original, light-hearted, short films using kindness as the central theme.
Forty films were received, reflecting the contributions of hundreds of students. The films were viewed over 43,000 times and more than 8,500 votes were cast by the public to select contest finalists.
Winners were selected by a group of award-winning actors, acclaimed filmmakers, producers, directors and journalists including Trey Ellis, Dave Goetsch, Janet Grillo, George Norfleet, Ann Nyberg, and Jennifer Westfeldt, all of whom have ties to Connecticut and volunteered their time. Winning films can be viewed on the Envision Kindness YouTube Channel
“The mission of Envision Kindness could not be more necessary or relevant at this particularly dark moment in our nation and in our world. The compelling evidence that Envision’s programs promote, engender and actually increase kindness and empathy in their young participants is something to celebrate, and get behind,” said actress and filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt. “I was honored to have had the opportunity to support this incredibly worthy cause.”
By sharing still and video images of kindness, such as those created by SASD’s students, Envision Kindness hopes to stir and inspire the innate kindness that each person is born with. Scientific studies have shown that kindness can have a powerful impact on both mood and overall health, which can foster stronger communities.
"I am so very proud of our SASD students and glad they could participate in a project that incorporates kindness which is a virtue that needs to be practiced in such political times as these. They were able to connect with each other and their community," said Lani Asuncion, Adjunct Professor at Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, University of Bridgeport.