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Autism Film Festival 2010

posted Mar 6, 2011, 11:21 AM by Autism Awareness Thailand   [ updated Mar 6, 2011, 11:26 AM ]
Thank you everyone for attending Autism Film Festival on October 9th, 2010. We had an amazing turn out of volunteers who couldn't have been more helpful. We also had overwhelming support from several partner organizations, including, Marron Glace, The Rainbow Room, North Light Special Needs Center, and Bangkok Charity Orchestra(BCO).

Very special thanks to our sponsors CEO Agrifood, Co.,Ltd., P-PAC/CP All,, Lampada,, B-ing. Also thank you to Mr. Sangsidh Viravaidya of Vira Supplies, Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi for their technical support.

The event was a success and the feedback, so far, has been fabulous. Thank you so much again for those who attended, donated, volunteered, or supported the event. We truly appreciated your interest in autism and your willingness to open your heart for this cause. We couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you for caring,

- Dr. Kwan & The AAT Team.


The Black Balloon: Film Information

*The following film plots are taken from*


The Black Balloon is a 2008 Australian/British AFI award-winning drama-based feature film which stars Toni Collette, Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward as well as a cast of newcomers. It is directed by first time feature film director, Elissa Down.

The film was released in Australian cinemas March 6, 2008. The world premiere was at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany in February 2008, where the film received a Crystal Bear as the best feature-length film in the Generation 14plus category.

When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take it easy, he is put in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie (Luke Ford). Thomas with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward) faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie’s unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that cause his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out.


2009 - Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (FCCA Award): Best Direction, Best Film, Best Supporting Actress

2008 Australian Film Institute (AFI Award): Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress

2008 Hamptons International Film Festival: Distinguished Achievement Award, Female Feature Director

2008 Australian Film Institute (AIF Award): Box Office Achievement

2008 Screen Music Awards, Australia: Screen Music Award, Best Original Song Composed for the Screen, Best Soundtrack Album

2008 Australian Writer's Guild: Awgie Award, Feature Film

2008 Berlin International Film Festival: Crystal Bear, Generation 14plus, Best Feature Film

Mary & Max: Film Information

*The following film plots are taken from*


Mary and Max is a 2009 stopmotion claymation feature film directed and written by Adam Elliot. The voice cast included Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Eric Bana. The film premiered on the opening night of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In June 2009, the film won the Annecy Cristal from the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in November 2009. In 2010 the Australian Center for the Moving Image will display an art exhibition about the film.

The film takes place from 1976 to 1994 and tells the story of the unlikely pen-pal friendship that lasts for 18 years between Mary, a chubby lonely 8-year-old girl who lives in Mount Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and Max, a 44-year-old, severely obese, atheistic Jewish man with Asperger syndrome who lives in New York City. The central focus of the movie is the letters shared between Mary and Max (from the ages of 8 to 26 and 44 to 62, respectively) and the stories behind their life and the lives of people around them.

The film states in the opening credits that it is based on a true story. In an interview given in April of 2009, writer-director Elliot clarified that the character of Max was inspired by "a pen-friend in New York who I've been writing to for over twenty years."


2009 - Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Feature Film Award

2009 - Australian Directors Guild - ADG Award - Best Direction in a Feature Film

2009 - Berlin International Film Festival - Crystal Bear - Special Mention - General 14plus - Best Feature Film

2009 - Ottawa International Animation Festival - Grand Prize