The Butler and the Ball

An urban fairy tale about Ashton, a lonely boy with neglectful parents, who embarks on a global adventure when he enters a contest to become the new butler of Bob Chan, a grieving, reclusive singer. The first film by nine-year-old writer/director Andrew Chan-Possemato.

  • Andrew Chan-Possemato
  • Andrew Chan-Possemato
  • Albert M. Chan
  • Andrew Chan-Possemato
  • Albert M. Chan
  • Andrew Chan-Possemato
    Key Cast
  • Richard Possemato
    Key Cast
  • Sabra Embury
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - PS 39 The Henry Bristow School
  • Kids Video Connection Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    June 28, 2020
    World Premiere
    WINNER: Best Young Director - Live Action
  • Scout Film Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts
    United States
    February 21, 2021
  • Hamilton Youth Film Festival
    Hamilton, Ontario
    September 11, 2020
    Canadian Premiere
  • San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival
    San Diego, California
    United States
    August 21, 2020
    WINNER: Best Kids-Made Film
  • All-American High School Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    October 10, 2020
  • Dances with Films
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 29, 2020
    West Coast Premiere
  • Newark IFF Youth Festival
    Newark, New Jersey
    United States
    September 12, 2020
  • American Youth Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    August 30, 2020
  • Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival
    October 9, 2020
    Australian Premiere
  • International KidsNFilm Festival
    Vallejo, California
    United States
    November 15, 2020
    WINNER: Best Narrative Film - Under 12
  • Prague Youth Film Festival
    Czech Republic
    December 20, 2020
    European Premiere
    WINNER: "Top 10 Under 10" Category
  • Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival
    Rahway, New Jersey
    United States
    December 24, 2020
  • Children's Film Festival Seattle
    Seattle, Washington
    United States
    February 18, 2021
  • Fargo-Moorhead KIDS Fantastic Film Festival
    Fargo, North Dakota
    United States
    April 17, 2021
  • Chuncheon Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    September 29, 2021
    Asian Premiere
  • GTX Film Festival
    Georgetown, Texas
    United States
    September 16, 2021
  • Astoria Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    October 2, 2021
  • West Chester International Film Festival
    West Chester, Pennsylvania
    United States
    November 12, 2021
  • The Children's International Film Festival of Wales
    Tredegar, Wales
    United Kingdom
    October 14, 2021
    British Premiere
    WINNER: Best International Young People’s Film, NOMINEE: Best Actor (7-12 Years)
  • Boston International Kids Film Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts
    United States
    November 19, 2021
  • Alder International Short Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    United States
    October 21, 2021
    WINNER: Youth Section - 18
  • Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival
    Claremore, Oklahoma
    United States
    November 3, 2021
  • A-FilmTeensFest
    Czech Republic
    November 14, 2021
    WINNER: Fictional Movie Made by Filmmakers up to 10 Years of Age
  • Gimpo International Youth Film Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    November 20, 2021
    International 9–12 Year Old Encourage Award
  • Madrese International Short Film Festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    November 5, 2021
    Iranian Premiere
  • MikroFAF - International Festival of DIY and Independent Short
    November 12, 2021
    Serbian Premiere
  • Independent Festival of Short Film: The Unprecedented Cinema
    September 3, 2021
    Estonian Premiere
  • Children Short Film Festival
    January 3, 2022
    French Premiere
    WINNER: Best Original Screenplay of a Short Film, Jury Special Mention—Child Actor
  • Sanctuary International Film Festival
    Sanctuary Cove
    November 21, 2021
    WINNER: Best Junior Filmmaker
  • Camera Zizanio
    November 27, 2021
    Greek Premiere
  • kidzCINEMA
    November 20, 2021
    Indian Premiere
    Jury Special Mention
  • Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
    Morgan Hill, California
    United States
    April 6, 2022
  • Ahmedabad International Children Film Festival
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat
    December 25, 2021
    WINNER: Special Jury Mention for Youngest Director
  • KIDS FIRST!/News-O-Matic Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    January 10, 2022
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    March 3, 2022
  • University of Hawai‘i at Manoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    United States
    February 15, 2022
  • International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh
    February 12, 2022
    Bangladeshi Premiere
  • Psaroloco International Children's & Young People's Film Festival
    July 12, 2022
  • European Youth Film Festival

    May 31, 2022
    Best Short Film (up to 15 years old)
  • Swindon Independent Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    July 18, 2022
  • Fentress Student Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    July 25, 2022
    WINNER: Best 1st Time Filmmaker, NOMINEE: Best Youth Actor/Actress, Best Director (Youth Student)
  • Albany FilmFest
    Albany, California
    United States
    October 15, 2022
    WINNER: Best Short Film Youth (6-12)
  • Fentress Film Fest

    United States
    January 2, 2023
Director Biography - Andrew Chan-Possemato

Andrew Chan-Possemato is a seventh grader in Brooklyn, New York, who loves reading, gymnastics, Minecraft, and pizza. Andrew will star as Peter, the grandson of a Hungarian Holocaust survivor in the upcoming film LEAVE YOUR TOYS. THE BUTLER AND THE BALL is his first film as a filmmaker.

Add Director Biography