The Boston Film Industry Examiner is happy to pass on the information for two worthy causes. First is to celebrate the life of young Shawna Shea by supporting the scholarship in her name. Second is to support Indie Film. The press release is below.
2nd Annual Shawna Shea Indie Short Film Fest Promises Full Day of Cinema
CONTACT: Skip Shea, Harvest Tide Productions
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Nov. 13, 2012) – Submissions are now open for the 2nd annual Shawna Shea Independent Film Festival, honoring the independent spirit of the late Shawna Shea and bringing together independent filmmakers to benefit the continued recognition of young women graduating from Uxbridge High School while celebrating the indie film art form.
The day-long film festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 1, 2013 and can be completed by going to the film festival website at www.shawnasheascholarship.com. Even if filmmaking is not your thing, anyone can contribute to the scholarship fund by visiting the website or the film festival’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ShawnaSheaIndieShortFilmFest.
“We were humbled and grateful for the big turnout and some great independent cinema at the first film festival honoring Shawna last year,” said her father and Massachusetts filmmaker Skip Shea. “Our family is very excited to have established this annual event. Shawna loved theater, performing and acting and she would really appreciate this kind of film festival, one that brings together the best and brightest of indie film and showcases that independent spirit and innovative creativity of this corner of the film world.”
The Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship honors Shawna who at 16 tragically lost her life in an automobile accident in 1999. Shawna's twin sister Erin and her classmates memorialized Shawna by raising $10,000 and establishing this unique scholarship, which is awarded annually to a female Uxbridge High School graduate who exhibits Shawna's special qualities and independence that imprinted a lasting impression on everyone she touched in her short life.
Since the establishment of the Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship, dozens of young women who have graduated from Uxbridge High School have received this award to continue their education. “We are truly blessed to be able to provide this assistance in Shawna’s name since we know she would always want to help her friends and anyone who lives on the margins and deserves everything beautiful that life can give,” said Shea
The Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund also includes a memorial award in the name of Michael Liberty, Shawna’s cousin. This award is presented to a male Uxbridge High School graduate who exhibits the qualities of inclusion and respect for all abilities and interests. Each year, Shawna’s family members and friends create fun and meaningful events to sustain The Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund to continue this legacy that honors Shawna, her character and her independent spirit.