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GRASS VALLEY, Jan. 30, 2017 – The 4th annual Animal Film Festival (AFF) in partnership with the Tarshis Foundation has selected five films, each winning  significant cash awards from $1,000 – $5,000. These are the largest cash awards offered in the country for films showcasing issues of animals used in food production.

The winning films will be screened during the 4th annual AFF presented by the Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE) on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Doors open at 9:30 am – 10:00 pm.  Amber and Adam Tarshis will be on stage to present the awards during the afternoon session.

The winning films are all between :30-:90 seconds in length and highlight issues of animal suffering in food production. Each film met the goal of either advocating for human health, the environment and/or the humane merits of plant-based lifestyles.

Shelley Frost, director Animal Film Festival: “This is our first year accepting submissions for this new category and we received 14 films from both independent filmmakers and non-profit organizations.”

The winning films with awards totaling $14,000 are: $5,000 “Glass of Milk in Reverse,” Ethan Elliot Williams, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; $3,000 “Whose Side Are You On,” Jonathan Rosenberry, Compassion Over Killing; $3,000 “Excuses,” Jamie Berger, Mercy for Animals; $2,000 “Where Does Milk Come From,” Duncan Skiles; $1,000 “What’s the Difference?” Julianne Perry.

Directors Jonathan Rosenberry and Ethan Elliot Williams will be present to accept their awards at the event.

Tickets for the 2017 AFF are now on sale.  For more information visit www.animalfilmfestival.org or http://www.animalfilmfestival.org/tarshis-award or http://www.tarshisfoundation.org.

The Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) (www.capeanimals.org) works to save the lives of animals and to educate people about ways in which they can alleviate animal suffering. Founded in 1992, CAPE has helped thousands of animals. The CAPE Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley, California, is a permanent home for dozens of animals with special needs.  CAPE also offers educational programs such as the Animal Film Festival. To learn more or to donate please visit www.capeanimals.org.