Joedance Film Festival opens 2016 Call for Film Entries

CHARLOTTE – Joedance Film Festival officials have officially opened call for film entries for the 2016 Festival. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2016.

To submit a film, follow the link, http://joedance.org/submit/.

The Seventh-Annual Joedance Film Festival will be held Friday-Saturday, August 5-6, 2016 at the 10th Street Townhomes Courtyard in Uptown Charlotte’s Fourth Ward.

Joedance Film Festival annually showcases short and feature-length films. Eligible filmmakers have to:

*reside in Charlotte;

*be originally from Charlotte


*be connected to Charlotte (films, cast or crew)

The annual Joedance Film Festival, two weekend nights of movies and fellowship in Uptown Charlotte’s Fourth Ward neighborhood (10th Street Townhomes Courtyard), honors the late Joe Restaino to raise awareness and funds for rare pediatric cancer research, specifically sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors. It is also committed to raising awareness of the local film industry by showcasing local films. The family chose a film festival to honor their son because of his love of movies.

Joedance’s fundraising for Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital has grown extensively, from $2,800 in 2012, to $20,000 last year, with a combined total raised close to $100,000 in six years. As a result, Joedance funded its first internship in 2014, which introduced and educated patients of the benefits of swishing and swallowing with Healios (a flavored liquid nutrient) every day during treatment and recovery to lessen the severity of mouth sores, a common painful side effect of many chemotherapy and radiation protocols.

“Joedance has experienced tremendous growth over the past four years,” said Joedance Film Festival President Diane Restaino. “Film submissions have significantly increased for three consecutive years and we continue to raise much needed funds for research at Levine Children’s Hospital.”

Joe Restaino passed way from health complications from osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on January 8, 2010 at the age of 20. A resident of Fourth Ward in Charlotte, Restaino was graduated as a High Honor student and was a varsity swimmer at The McCallie School in Chattanooga in 2008 before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania. He was undergoing treatment of the first occurrence of the disease during his high school sophomore year in 2006, and later had to leave Penn after his freshman year in 2008, despite his dream of being an M.D., Ph.D., because of his cancer returning.

During the 2008 graduation ceremony at McCallie, which Joe Restaino was able to attend between cancer treatments, he received the Campbell Award, one of the school’s highest honors, voted on by the student body. In 2007, Joe Restaino established the Joe Restaino Bone Cancer Awareness Walk at The McCallie School and continued to raise money for rare pediatric cancer research. (That walk is now held jointly with Girls Preparatory School of Chattanooga and has been renamed Mission: Remission and is one of Joedance’s major sponsors.) In August 2010, eight months after his death, the Joedance Film Festival, which is held annually the first weekend in August, was established by his family to support research at Levine Children’s Hospital.

All proceeds from Joedance Film Festival events go to support rare cancers research at Levine Children’s Hospital. Please make checks payable to Joedance Film Festival. Checks may be mailed directly to: Joedance Film Festival, 308 W. 10th St., Charlotte, NC 28202. You may also give online at www.joedance.org.

Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital is a 234-bed hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, located on the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center. It is the most comprehensive facility of its type between Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C.  Levine Children’s Hospital is also home to the Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care, which support pediatric intensive and cardiovascular surgery patients. Since opening in 2007, the hospital has grown to include more than 40 pediatric specialties and has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

For more information, visit www.joedance.org.


Bert Woodard, Next Level Communications, For Joedance Film Festival, 336-978-0021 (cell),bert@nextlevelcom.net



Will Davis, Program Director, Joedance Film Festival, 980-254-5116, will.davis@hotmail.com

Diane Restaino, President/Founder, Joedance Film Festival, 704-307-9571, diane@joedance.org    

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