Monaco Charity Film Fest 2008: Sean Penn to Introduce Docu Third Wave

April 29, 2008–On Saturday, May 17 at 2pm director and Oscar winning actor Sean Penn will introduce at the Fairmont Hotel Monte Carlo, 12 Avenue Des Splugues, the highly anticipated documentary The Third Wave, during the final day of screenings at the 3rd Annual Monaco Charity Film Festival.

The Third Wave was helmed by Alison Thompson of Sydney, Australia. A former medic and mathematics teacher, she moved to New York and enroll at NYU film school. The feature explores the complexities and joys of volunteering in Sri Lanka during the tsunami which killed more than a quarter of a million people.

'The Third Wave is truly a must see for ourselves, our children and everyone we know! For anyone who has two good legs and a dollar in their pocket. It inspires the very best in us, just when we need that most, and comes as close to answering our purpose in life, as any film could aspire to.–Sean Penn

The Swiss based money management firm Pentium Fund is presenting the Third Annual Monaco Charity Film Festival(www.monacofilmfestival.org) in Monte Carlo. From Tuesday, May 13 to Saturday, May 17, 2008 Monte Carlo will play host to a series of weeklong Film Screenings and Cocktail parties, discussion forums, a film finance workshop, a fashion show, and a gala dinner/benefit concert and charity auction, in the company of cinemas best talents and distinguished guests from around the world.

The inaugural Monaco Film Festival held in 2006 and last years sold out event, were great successes, thanks to its fund raising efforts to help build a hospital in Jordan and to benefit selected childrens charities such as to the non-profit organization Project Artist (P.A.). Project Artist was founded by two college students, Pia Zaragoza and Joahnna Te, who currently The American University of Paris. P.A.s objective is to relieve the boredom and suffering of children that are detained in the Philippine jail system.

The non-profit teaches the young prisoners the many different forms of art, such as painting, sculpture, photography, etc. allowing the children prisoners to express their frustration and their psychological problems that led them to jail.

P.A. works closely with HRH Princess Carolines AMADE foundation which is a childrens charity started by Princess Grace.

The Monaco Film Festival has hosted foreign dignitaries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and United States, along with distinguished Royalty and world renowned entertainers, business leaders, and philanthropists from around the globe to learn more about the first and only film festival dedicated to childrens charities in which 100% of net proceeds raised go to benefit selected childrens charities.

2008 MONACO CHARITY FILM FESTIVAL BENEFICIARIES:

The Virlanie Foundation Inc (VFI) is the largest private non-sectarian child caring institution in Metro Manila, Philippines. It operates 12 residential homes providing shelter, food, education and love to more than 1000 disadvantaged children. www.virlanie.com

Step by Step is an independent special school for autistic children between the ages of four and eleven. The school serves a wide area of Local Education Authorities in the South East including East and West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Kent, Surrey, Kingston and Sutton. www.stepbystepschool.org.uk

Project Art(is)+ is an organization that believes that art can be a positive force in the lives of children living in developing nations as well as a creative solution to the problems that poverty presents. By providing art workshops and vocational training programs, the organization aims to educate and empower the children. www.projectartist.org

Established in 1990, Zichron Menachem (ZM) is
named in memory of Menachem Ehrental, an Israeli boy who battled cancer for over 14 years, from age 18 months until his young death. Drawing on their vast experience as parents of a cancer-stricken child, Menachem's parents, together with family and friends, founded ZM as a non-profit organization aimed at easing the suffering of young cancer patients and their
families. www.zichron.org

The Monaco Charity Film Festival, established in 2006 by founder and Managing Director Vicente Andres Zaragoza, is a venue that attracts worldwide attention to new, promising film makers as well as raising money to help impoverished and abandoned children around the world. This dual-focus event transcends the Cannes Film Festival in its humanitarian efforts and scope and provides a wide variety of film finance workshops to gifted men and women from around the globe.

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