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Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a mini-epic, live-action “Dark Faerie Tale”  short film, with a unique environmental message.
Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a mini-epic, live-action “Dark Faerie Tale”  short film, with a unique environmental message.
Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a mini-epic, live-action “Dark Faerie Tale” short film, with a unique environmental message.
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Help us launch the film! Online premiere is TODAY!

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Hello friends!

IT'S HERE! Today is our official online premiere of Dreams of the Last Butterflies, and the film is now free for anyone to watch on our website! Our film has had an incredible year - we've been accepted at 43 film festivals in 11 countries across the world. With your help, now we're hoping to continue that amazing success online with a much wider audience.

If you enjoyed the film, we'd love your help - please share it with your friends and contacts!

**Simply share the link below on your Facebook, Twitter, website, blog, or email it directly to anyone you think would love the film:

http://dreamsofthelastbutterflies.com

Please help us to share our message of saving the world's endangered butterflies! Thank you so much - and lots of butterfly luck to you all!

Yours in imagination,

Zina Brown, Director

and the cast and crew of Dreams of the Last Butterflies

PS: It's my birthday today, July 13th!! Helping us get the film out into the world would be the best gift you could give me - thank you!

Online release date and 5 more awards!

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Hello again, awesome backers -

More exciting news to share this update!  We've chosen an online release date for the film - Monday, July 13th.  We're finally launching the film so it can be viewed for free from anywhere in the world!

We could use your help with this - our goal of course is to have as many people see the film as possible, especially in the first week of our release.  So it would be great if you could share the film far and wide!  We'll send out another reminder update before the launch as well.  The more people see the film, the more our message of helping the butterflies can spread around the world.

Director Zina Brown doing a Q&A after our screening on Hollywood Boulevard's famous TCL Chinese Theaters, in the heart of Hollywood, CA!
Director Zina Brown doing a Q&A after our screening on Hollywood Boulevard's famous TCL Chinese Theaters, in the heart of Hollywood, CA!

We've also been accepted at 9 more festivals - bring our current total to 42 Film Festivals in 11 Countries!  Even better, we won 5 more awards!  Our film has truly resonated with audiences and cultures around the world.  Here are the recent festivals:

Bangalore Shorts Film Festival – Bangalore, India   WINNER – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture – Jakarta, Indonesia   WINNER – AWARD OF OUTSTANDING EXCELLENCE

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards – Los Angeles, CA USA  WINNER – BEST FANTASY FILM, WINNER – BEST ORIGINAL SONG

12 Months Film FestivalWINNER – CINEMATOGRAPHY OF THE MONTH

Dances with Kidz Film Festival – Hollywood, CA USA 

V FICAIJ International Film Festival for Youth – Mérida, Venezuela

Gen Con Film Festival – Indianapolis, IN USA 

Planet Connections Film Festival – New York City, NY USA

Film Festival in the Woods – Riverwoods, IL USA

Check out the festival section of our website - it's getting pretty impressive:

http://dreamsofthelastbutterflies.com/

Thanks again for all of your help - this last year's festival run has been a wild ride, and we're so excited to finally share the film with the whole world next month!

Yours in imagination,

Zina Brown

Director

We won Best Film!

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Greetings again, amazing backers!

Some fantastic news to share with you - Dreams of the Last Butterflies recently won BEST FILM at the Jakarta Filmmakers World Film Festival in Indonesia!! The festival had films from over 100 countries, and we were awarded the top honor. On the other side of the world - wow!  Our film is crossing the globe and resonating with people everywhere!

**We're also choosing a date for our online premiere this spring, when we can finally release the film for people everywhere to see - another update on that very soon!

But that's not all - since our last update, we've been accepted at 7 more film festivals internationally, bringing our current total to an incredible 33 film festivals in 10 countries!

Films for the Forest – Austin, TX USA (March 2015)  WINNER – FINALIST, SHORT FILM CATEGORY

Filmmakers World Festival – Jakarta, Indonesia (March 2015)  WINNER – BEST FILM

Goa Short Film Festival – Goa, India (May 2015)

Rainier Independent Film Festival – Ashford, WA (May 2015)

The Earth Day Film Fest – San Francisco, CA USA (April 2015)

May Day Sustainability Shorts Film Festival – Champaign-Urbana, IL USA (May 2015)

The Royal Film Festival - Benton, AR USA (March 2015)

Thanks again for believing in our film, you all helped to give it these wings that have carried it so far!

Happy Spring!

Yours in imagination,

Zina Brown

Director

More festivals and new Kai Altair music video!

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Hello again, beautiful backers!

We hope you've had a great start to 2015!  Just a quick update here with some more good news and to share an awesome new video.

First, since our last update we've been accepted into 4 more film festivals - bringing our current total to 26 FESTIVALS IN 9 COUNTRIES! 

The Dingle International Film Festival - Dingle, Ireland (March 2015)

Garden State Film Festival  - Atlantic City, New Jersey (March 2015)

Colorado Environmental Film Festival - Golden, Colorado (February 2015)

Going Green Film Festival - (viewable on all ROKU players April 1st-31st)

We're also preparing for our full online premiere release date this spring, when Dreams of the Last Butterflies will finally be viewable on the web to everyone across the world!

**Lastly, we're excited to share a new music video with you by Kai Altair for her song "The Calling", from her upcoming debut album, Dreamwalker.  It's full of glowing autumn forest and magick and we think you'll love it.

Kai of course starred as one of our Butterfly Queens, and also did our theme song for our film.  The video was directed by yours truly, Zina Brown.  We even have a REAL butterfly in the video, as a beautiful Monarch came to watch us film that day!!  Click the link to watch:

Kai Altair  - The Calling (Official Music Video)

Spring and the butterflies will be coming soon!

Yours in imagination,

Zina Brown

Director

More International Festival news!

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Hello again to our awesome backers!

As we near the end of an amazing 2014, we’re excited to say we have a lot more great news to share from our ongoing film festival run. In short, Dreams of the Last Butterflies has truly gone world-wide! Since our last update, we’ve been accepted at even more festivals in Germany, Russia, India, and Chile – now over 20 festivals across the globe! We’re thrilled by the fact that our film’s message is truly connecting with audiences from many different places and cultures all around the world. 

Director Zina Brown speaking to the audience about Dreams of the Last Butterflies after a great screening in Barcelona.
Director Zina Brown speaking to the audience about Dreams of the Last Butterflies after a great screening in Barcelona.

For starters, we had a fantastic experience representing the film in person this month in Barcelona, Spain, at the prestigious FICMA 21st Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival. Dreams of the Last Butterflies was screened alongside some of the best environmental films in the world, and we were truly honored to be in such company. As if that wasn’t enough, we were accepted at 2 more major international environmental film festivals this month as well! 

Director Zina Brown and Song Writer/Butterfly Queen Kai Altair at FICMA Barcelona for Dreams of the Last Butterflies
Director Zina Brown and Song Writer/Butterfly Queen Kai Altair at FICMA Barcelona for Dreams of the Last Butterflies

I’m also excited to announce we were just officially selected for the Jaipur International Film Festival in Jaipur, India. Out of 1,644 films submitted, we are one of only 50 short films selected world-wide!

Here are the additional festivals we’ve been accepted at since our last update:

Green Vision 19th Environmental International Film Festival – Saint Petersburg, Russia (November 2014)

FICA International Environmental Film Festival – Santiago, Chile (2015) 

Jaipur International Film Festival – Jaipur, India (February 2015)

Berliner Trash Film Festival – Berlin, Germany (September 2015)

Red Hook Film Festival – Red Hook, NY USA (November 2014)

Underexposed Film Festival - Rock Hill, SC USA (November 2014)

We've got 3 or 4 more months left in our festival run, and then we'll finally be releasing our film online for everyone in the world to see next spring.  We can't wait!  Thank you all again for making this dream possible, and helping the Butterfly Queens to fly all around the world!

Yours in imagination,

Zina

Writer/Director