On Sunday, April 28, the sixth annual Golden Lion Awards Film Festival recognized students from across the Midwest, including two from Loveland High School: Sophomore Claire Beseler won a Mountain Lion Award for her short narrative film This Broken Mind and Senior Sam Richardson, who had a total of five films accepted into the competition, won the Mountain Lion Award for his film Cybersecurity Privacy and Safety (public service announcement category). Richardson was also an animation category finalist with Bombs Away and a finalist in the informational/educational category with his film Intellectual Property.

The Golden Lion Awards are produced and directed by The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts. The competition is open to high school and middle school students in 12 Midwest states, as well as areas of an additional 15 states within 500 miles of Cincinnati.

Last month, Beseler’s film This Broken Mind was the winner of the short narrative category in the third annual New Media Film Festival at Mount Saint Joseph University. On Sunday, May 5, Richardson’s animation Bombs Away will be recognized at the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition awards ceremony for being in the top 25 out of more than 11,000 artworks submitted to the competition.

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