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MMBF'’s Anna Kennedy Award

 

Are you an aspiring filmmaker ?!

 

Look no further !

 

MMBF Trust has teamed up with autism ambassador Anna Kennedy OBE to present a wonderful chance for an aspiring filmmaker within the autism community to win a DSLR film camera.

 

Closing date : 1st October 2017

 

FOR THE WINNER:

Physical MMBF Award

Publicity for filmmaker/creative

A £500 DSLR film camera from MMBF Trust

1 Day Film training and mentoring from MMBF Trust

VIP ticket to Autism Got Talent in Basildon, Oct 2017

 

 

FOR THE RUNNER UP:

Physical MMBF Award

1 Day Film training and mentoring from MMBF Trust

VIP ticket to Autism Got Talent in Basildon, Oct 2017

 

TO ENTER:

 

*Open to entrants of ALL Ages / UK Wide*

 

Simply submit a screener to your film or Submit your idea or synopsis via the form on the right or via

Email mmbfawards@mmbf.co.uk

 

 

 

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Who Is Anna Kennedy?

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Anna Kennedy OBE re-mortgaged her own house so she could set up a school for autistic children after her two autistic sons were turned away from mainstream education. She has now expanded support for those with autism to include two schools, a college, a resedential home and AnnaKennedyonline Charity in 2012

'When I was told by the authorities that Patrick (now 27) and Angelo (now 24) were the only children in our area with autism, I felt completely isolated and alone. It was only when I bumped into another parent one day and recognised the symptoms in her child, that I realised I wasn't alone. Together, we started a support group in my home.'

 

The group grew rapidly and was soon attended by 275 families. When Angelo and Patrick were later turned away by 25 mainstream schools, Anna resorted to converting her garage into a classroom. After hearing about a local school that was scheduled to be demolished, Anna and her husband Sean put together a feasibility study to show how it could be converted into a school for autistic children – since there was such a need in the area.

 

The Hillingdon School opened in 1999 with 19 pupils and is now the largest of its kind in Europe, offering 190 autistic children a safe, structured education and a brighter future.

 

Not stopping there, Anna went on to set up a community college in 2001, a respite home for adults in 2004, a second specialist school in Kent in 2011, and now has thousands of UK and international following on social media .

 

In 2009, Anna wrote the book Not Stupid about the struggle to set up The Hillingdon School and their patron Esther Rantzen wrote the foreword. In April 2012, she released a fitness DVD, Step In The Right Direction, and its success led to national Dance Day, which fundraises for autism charities.

 

On 12 May 2012, Anna organised the first talent show of its kind called Autism's Got Talent, which saw children and adults with autism perform on stage to a packed audience at London's Mermaid Theatre. The show is now in its 6th year and been featured on BBC Breakfast and now tours the country as a roadshow. Anna also created UK Autism Hero Awards and campaigns every year on anti bullying with her charities Give us a Break Campaign.

 

 

 

Anna was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2012 for her services to special needs education and autism.

 

In 2015 Anna was chosen as a Peoples Champion to dance on Comic Reliefs Peoples Strictly dancing with Robin Windsor and receiving 4 x 10s by the BBC Strictly judges.

 

Anna says, 'People with autism shouldn't be hidden. There's nothing to be ashamed of. I want all children, including my own boys, to have the chance to make a mark on the world just like everybody else.'