Wendy Dent Premieres Award Winning Film Across US After Speaking at World Economic Forum Summer Davos as a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

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Wendy Dent, award winning Australian filmmaker and 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, this week premieres her new film 'December 25' at international film festivals in Vancouver, Mill Valley and the Hamptons, followed by festivals in Hot Springs, Austin, Denver and Miami. Dent is touring the US with her film after speaking at the World Economic Forum Summer Davos in China and winning an award for ‘December 25’ at Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, the largest film festival and market for short films in North America.

The context of the film is Christmas; but it’s about much more than that.

Wendy Dent, award winning Australian filmmaker and 2013- 2018 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, is premiering her new film ‘December 25’ across North America after speaking at the World Economic Forum Summer Davos and winning an award for the film at Palm Springs International Film Festival. ‘December 25’ screens this week at Mill Valley International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival. Dent will then premiere the film later this month at Hot Springs International Film Festival, the longest running documentary festival in the US, and the Austin International Film Festival, followed by the Starz Denver International Film Festival and Miami International Short Film Festival in November.

On September 11 Wendy Dent joined Hakubun Shimomura, Japan’s Minister for Culture, to speak on 'The Promise of the Creative Economy' at a panel at the World Economic Forum Summer Davos, the ‘Annual Meeting of the New Champions’ in China. The foremost global business gathering in Asia, the ‘Summer Davos’ was attended by the Premier of the People's Republic of China and other leaders from government, media, academia and civil society.

Wendy Dent is now touring North America for the premiere of ‘December 25’, a one minute film which Dent produced "in 15 minutes, without actors, interviewees, narration, animation or even a camera."

‘December 25’ world-premiered on November 15 2012 to critical and audience acclaim at the Academy Award accredited International Documentary Film-Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world’s largest festival for documentaries. It was one of just 15 films from around the globe selected for IDFA’s special 25th anniversary ‘One Minutes’ program of one-minute films on the theme 25.

Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool's film critic highlighted 'December 25' as a jewel of IDFA's One Minutes program, comparing it to a Cannes award winning film in just 60 seconds.

In January at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Wendy Dent was then selected to be a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. At the time Wendy Dent was serving as Visiting Scholar for the 2012-2013 Academic Year at USC School of Cinematic Arts, the world’s top ranked film school. Following the announcement she has since been on the road, traveling between film industry and World Economic Forum events.

Drawn from a highly competitive pool of several thousand candidates nominated from around the globe, Wendy Dent is one of 199 Young Global Leaders (YGLs) chosen as the class of 2013 by a committee chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The selection was based on the proven track record of her leadership experience, record of professional accomplishments, ability to overcome adversity and commitment to society.

Wendy Dent is joined by William James Adams (aka Will.I.Am) as the selected Los Angeles-based honorees. She is included in the US Young Global Leaders class of 2013 list together with the country's highest achievers, such as Chelsea Clinton, Randi Zuckerberg, and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

As a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Dent is given a five year term to participate in the World Economic Forums. She began her term by joining the Young Global Leaders' Future Development Summit in Washington, immediately following her Young Global Leader announcement in March.

In May Wendy Dent participated in the World Economic Forum of the Middle East and North Africa at the Dead Sea in Jordan, where she met Queen Rania Al Abdullah in the Queen's private meeting with the Young Global Leaders in attendance.

Dent then took part in the Young Global Leaders' Annual Summit and the World Economic Forum of East Asia in Myanmar, where together with her fellow Young Global Leaders she met with Aung San Suu Kyi, just after Suu Kyi's announcement of her wish to run for presidency.

Directly after attending the World Economic Forum of East Asia, Wendy Dent then attend the Australian premiere of 'December 25' in Official Selection at the 60th Sydney Film Festival, and the North America premiere of the film in Official selection at the Academy Award accredited Palm Springs International Shorts Fest. On June 22nd Missi Pyles (of 'The Artist’) representing the Palm Springs International ShortFest jury announced that the jury’s award of Second Prize winner for Best Documentary had been won by Wendy Dent for ‘December 25’.

Announcements are forthcoming about further official selections of ‘December 25’ at upcoming international film festivals in the US and Europe.

The synopsis for the one minute film is fittingly brief- ‘a Christmas message speaks louder than words’, but beyond that the director remains tight-lipped on the topic. "The context of the film is Christmas. But it’s about much more than that," Wendy Dent says, hinting that ‘December 25’ is a human rights film, for which her work is known.
Further information about Wendy Dent can be found at http://www.wendydent.com and http://www.humanrightsonfilm.com.

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