The FSH Society is proud and honored to have been recognized for 3 awards from the 6th Annual Best Shorts Film Competition for our short film documentary, Into the Light. Honors were presented to Directors Jonathan Williams and Paula Aguilera, and included:
- Award of Merit: Disability Issues
- Award of Recognition: Documentary Short
- Award of Merit: Public Service Programming / PSA
Into the Light features the powerful story of high-school senior Sarah Geissler, who is living with FSHD, and her experience with FSH muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic muscle-weakening disease that affects an estimated 1 in 8,000 people. Along with Geissler’s personal journey, the film chronicles the rise of the FSH Society and its successful efforts to fund research leading to the discovery of FSHD’s genetic cause. In creating this documentary, it was our hope to share the empowering stories of patients who have taken matters into their own hands to seek a better future for themselves and for fellow patients.
The Best Shorts Competition is an international film competition striving to create opportunities for filmmakers of all levels to gain recognition. Each year, thousands of entries are judged and scored by highly qualified film and TV industry professionals, with select winners having gone on to win Emmys and Oscars. Our entry was, no doubt, amongst a variety of those by talented filmmakers and we’re so pleased to be chosen and hope to raise awareness of FSHD with this recognition.