Our incredibly successful film festival run is finally winding down. In the end, we were accepted at 45 Film Festival in 12 countries, and on 5 continents. Wow!!
It's been a long, beautiful journey, and the butterflies have taken us to some amazing and unexpected places. We've touched a lot of people's hearts and sent our message of hope and transformation across the world, from Barcelona to Lima, from Dublin to Jakarta, from Jaipur to Toronto, from Nairobi to Los Angeles. All because you believed in us, and for that, you have our deepest gratitude.
We wanted to leave you with another gift. Since completing the film, I've taken our Butterfly Queens to a few arts and music festivals, including Burning Man, to dance and bring some Butterfly joy and love to everyone there. It was such a delightful experience, everyone loved us, and I've edited together a short, 2-minute video of our performances. In total, we had 16 different lovely Butterfly Queens dance with us!
I also wanted to share some more amazing news. We recently sent our film to the world's leading Butterfly conservation groups. These groups represent the actual Butterfly scientists and invertebrate conservationists who are doing the most to help save Butterflies across the world. They are on the front lines, helping to study Butterflies in the wild, save ecosystems, and raise awareness of the threats they face.
Not only were they excited about and love our film, they even helped us to promote it! Check out these amazing quotes they provided for the film:
“A strikingly beautiful video with a Lorax-like message: human greed is destroying butterflies, it’s up to us to make the changes necessary for them to survive.” - The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (USA)
“A beautiful short film on the plight of butterflies.” - Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust (UK)
But the best news, for me, was that we were invited by The Royal Entomological Society to screen our film at the Society's Annual Conference & International Symposium last month in Dublin, Ireland. Founded in 1833, the Society is the oldest and most respected group in the world dedicated to the study of butterflies and other insects. To have their blessing was truly a validation of everything we set out to do with this film.
Though our festival run has come to its end, Dreams of the Last Butterflies will continue to inspire new viewers online, and we hope you'll share it with new friends along the way!
On behalf of the cast and crew, once again:
THANK YOU, and may the Butterfly Queens bring luck to your dreams!
- Zina Brown
(PS - I'm currently planning and writing my new short film, and I'm excited to share it with you - more details coming soon!)