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On November 16, 2017, aspiring filmmakers showcased their short films featuring the critical work of Pasadena-area non-profits in order to raise awareness of the vibrant philanthropic efforts in the community. 

Presented by Alibaba Pictures Group Limited and the Pasadena Community Foundation, the Big Heart Small Film Award Ceremony and After Party featured the winners of the short film competition as judged by a prominent group of entertainment industry insiders, including directors Steven Spielberg ("Jaws," "Jurassic Park"), John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Founder”), and D.J. Caruso (“Disturbia,” “Eagle Eye”), producer Don Hahn, actor Billy Zane, industry executives Wei Zhang and Denise Mann and business executive Dominic Ng. Winners had their films screened at the Big Heart Small Film Awards Ceremony and After Party on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Huntington Library’s Rothenberg Hall. John Horn (KPCC’s “The Frame”) emceed the event.



Date: November 16, 2017

Location: The Huntington Library's Rothenberg Hall

Attire: Creative Cocktail

6pm : Red Carpet Reception

7pm : Film Presentation & Awards Ceremony

8pm : After Party with Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres and Libations

Event Committee

Melinda Stahl (Event Chair), Laurie Burruss, Melanie Clark, Jennifer DeVoll, Ann Hassett, Yuxi (Joan) He,

Sally Howell, Josey Iannotti, Shujin Lan, Elizabeth Li, Jenny Lim,

Jerilyn Castillo McAniff, Kathryn Mgrublian, Meredith Min, Bob Niemack,

Maggie Sabbag, Craig Watson, Alex Wei, Julie Woo, Xue (Monica) Wu, Junyi (Olivia) Yan, Wei Zhang

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

East West Bank

Eleven Twenty Seven Foundation, (Temo Arjani, Trustee)

Clifford Swan Investment Counselors

Lily Lee MD & The California Clinic

Gregory, Fillas & Buschauer, LLP

Huntington Memorial Hospital

Hahn & Hahn, LLP

David Crane Photography

Drew Domenghini of Patterson's Topiaries

The Print Spot

Trader Joe's

Northern Trust

Manufacturers Bank

Glam Squad

E-Central Credit Union

The California Community Foundation

Bolton & Company

Southern California Public Radio

The Grace Spearman Foundation

Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP

IDS Real Estate Group

Charles Schwab

Bangkit USA, Inc.

Private Internet Access

Wells Fargo

Arent Fox

Pasadena Convention Center

AFM Local 47

Pasadena Symphony and Pops