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Child Animator & Film Critic Perry Chen to Attend Freshi Film Camp for Kids

Published on: 13th August, 2011

Award-winning child animator & film critic Perry Chen will attend Freshi Film Camp in Burbank, California, organized by Freshi Films and International Family Film Festival (IFFF), founded by Chris & Suzanne Shoemaker.  Perry will join 8 other children (age 8-18, including 2 from China) to learn how to make short digital films.  After making his first, acclaimed animation short about a young Holocaust survivor, “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” Perry is looking forward to learning about making live action films with kids of his own age!

“Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” is directed by Kevin Sean Michaels, produced by Perry’s mom Dr. Zhu Shen and Holocaust historian Dr. Jud Newborn, storyboard & character design by Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton, sponsored by Toon Boom Animation and Wacom.

Perry Chen with collaborator & Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton holding their film DVD at 2011 Comic-Con (photo by Liz Kelly)


Perry Chen using sponsor Toon Boom Animation's software and Wacom Intuos tablet (photo by Brian Bostrom)



Freshi Films, in collaboration with the IFFF has presented summer camps <> for the past seven years.

Freshi Film Camp is a five-day, fully immersive, hands-on experience in digital filmmaking that gives each participant a chance to work on a film crew and create their own films. Everyone works in a group where they start their project from conceiving the idea, writing a script, creating a storyboard, location scouting, visualizing the world of the film, shooting, editing, scoring and finally exhibiting the finished films at the end of the camp to family and friends.

This year a group of young filmmakers will be attending from the People’s Republic of China adding their perspective, heritage and culture to the experience.

The August 15-19 camp runs Monday thru Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm and includes all necessary equipment, lunch, snacks and beverages for the filmmakers. More info:


Perry’s animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” has been submitted for the film festival founded by Chris & Suzanne Shoemaker of Freshi Films, details below.  Filmmakers are encouraged to submit now:

17th Annual International Family Film Festival

MARCH 21-25, 2012

Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA

5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038

Early Entry deadline (discounted!) for film and screenplay entries is August 7, 2011

International Family Film Festival
This year the IFFF can accept film entries in 3D! along with 35mm, DVD, Blu-Ray (NTSC only) 

All IFFF and IFFF Youth Fest! feature & short films are accepted in the following categories:







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All IFFF and IFFF Youth Fest! feature & short screenplays are accepted in the following categories:






Film and Screenplay entries may be submitted to the IFFF using Withoutabox or by mailing the completed forms (PDFs available online) directly to the IFFF.

Entry Forms at: or

Summer Camp Registration, please call 661-993-9766 Suzanne Shoemaker or 818-230-2572

Movies on the Move information: call Chris Shoemaker at 661-993-7523


To support and donate to Perry’s Holocaust animation short, visit the film’s website: (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest official website)

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Perry Chen started reviewing movies and family-friendly entertainment with his unique, kids-friendly starfish rating system at 8 in third grade.  He writes movie reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network (AWN); Amazing Kids!, and his own Perry’s Previews website, with a combined readership of over 2 million.  He became a national sensation with his network TV debut on CBS Evening News as the youngest film critic in 2009 and has since appeared on numerous national and international media, including NPR, CNN, Variety, the Guardian, spoke at a TEDx conference, and presented at Annie Awards for Animation.

Perry won a prestigious “San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Award” in 2010 and is the youngest honoree of Cox Communications’ annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  He regularly interviews filmmakers and stars on the red carpet and film events.  Perry started drawing when he was three, and frequently gets inspiration from nature. He has won numerous art awards and started learning computer animation using Toon Boom Studio software in November 2010.  His animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” in collaboration with Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton premiered at LA Shorts Fest and Comic-Con in July 2011, and received rave reviews from filmmakers, animators, and the Holocaust education community nationwide.

More info:

(Press Release: Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest to premiere at LA Shorts Fest & Comic-Con)

(testimonials & endorsements for Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest)

For press or business inquires, contact Zhu Shen, Producer, Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest


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