Inspiration Film Fest 2015 – what an amazing experience! We had the pleasure of not only sponsoring this premier event for Inspiration Academy, but also being a part of the crew that helped run the show. The Fest was held at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas in Sarasota, FL, the perfect venue for the first Fest (of many to come)! Even more exciting, many of our staff members were judges for the 35 films that were selected from over 100 submissions sent in from all over the world. This was the first Film Festival that Updog Studios has been a part of. A number of our team members have been involved with Film Festivals over the years individually, but this was our first festival working as a team and it was a humbling experience. One of the highlights of the Fest was a Q&A session with our CEO‘s family friend, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., from AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s The Wire. He spoke for nearly an hour answering questions, speaking to filmmakers about his career and giving advice to young students in the audience. We ended the night with Lawrence presenting the awards. Enjoy photos from the Film Festival below! Questions? Let us know in the comment area or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.