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On Friday, February 24, 2012 The Multicultural Motion Picture Association hosted their 19th Annual Oscar Week Student Filmmaker’s Scholarship Luncheon and Civic Awards.  The lunch and award show was hosted by Radio and TV Personality Sam Phillips.

The event was held at Sofitel Los Angeles from11:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Civic and Visionary Honorees for the 19th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Student Filmmaker’s Scholarship Luncheon and Civic Awards Recipients are Viola Davis (2012 Oscar Nominee), Octavia Spencer (2012 Oscar Nominee), Kami Zargham McAdam (Award Winning Photograher/Filmmaker), Bobbie Chance (Actress/Acting Coach) and George Zakk (Producer). The Student Filmmaker’s Finalists from The LA Film School are: William Rouse, Justin Benson, Jamel Benson, Anthony Mitchell, Daemon Stashko, Yoshi Tran and Joseph Schmitz.

The Student Filmmakers and honorees present made public speeches of appreciation and including Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland did a speech at the event.

Pam Schmid (Actor, speaker, author), Recording Artist Fawn, book author John Palisano, Recording Artist Arnold G, Actress Bai Ling were among the notable guests at the event.

There was live entertainment performance by Recording Artist Izzy Chait and Band, a red carpet, scholarship and civic awards presentation, lunch and official gift bags.

As a part of the annual afternoon affair, awards are presented annually, to filmmakers selected for their creative achievements, vision and technical talent, and in addition to financial awards toward their tuition, film companies traditionally arrange gifts of technical support for scholarship recipients.

In previous year honorees were Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock, Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr., Oscar Nominee Ruby Dee, Academy Nominee Sally Kirkland, Kate Linder (Actress, Philanthropist), Renee’ Valente (Producer, Valente Productions), Michelle Phillips (Actress, Singer) and A.C. Lyles (Paramount Pictures).

Some of the event sponsors were American Society of Young Musicians, Sofitel LA Luxury Hotels, World Wide Vital Marketing and Public Relations, Diversity News Magazine, A&G Entertainment Productions, Hot Talk LA, Rose Breast Cancer Society, Sherwood Florist and many more.

Some of The Multicultural Motion Picture Association executive committee are: Rita Moreno, Rupert Murdoch, Edward James Olmos, Oliver Stone, Sally Kirkland, Dr. Mark Valinsky and City of Los Angeles Mayor Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa.

About The Multicultural Motion Picture Association: 
The MMPA is a 501 © 3 non-profit* arts organization that provides scholarships annually to a certain number of qualified film students and trade guild apprentices who have shown dedication and talent for furthering their studies in the cinematic arts. The MMPA’s annual Oscar Week Luncheon is always a highly anticipated afternoon event amid sumptuous mid-day dining where talented young filmmakers intermingle with Academy Award® nominees and studio executives. The MMPA utilizes committed individuals who bring their skills and commitment to schools, as well as youth and civic organizations, where teens and young adults need career mentoring, coupled with equipment and technical support. The Multicultural Motion Picture Association is also the producer of the Diversity Awards. For more information visit http://www.thediversityawards.org

*Not a verified charity organization, please check with your State Attorney General and Secretary of State for non profit status.

Sources: Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News TV & World Wide Vital Marketing and Public Relations

Photo credit to: Carlos Zeron and Sonny Sun for Diversity News Magazine & Diversity News Publications.

Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications was the event official media partner sponsor and World Wide Vital Marketing and Public Relations as the media event coordinator providing marketing and public relations services.

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