The Shawna Shea Film Festival
The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival is proud to announce it's official partnering with the Shawna Shea Film Festival! We are honored to be working so closely with an important festival and cause.
The Shawna Shea Film Festival is designed to honor truly independent films. It was established in 2012 as a fundraiser for the Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc. to honor Shawna's unique independent spirit by highlighting films that share the same quality.
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The Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc. the memory of Shawna Shea, who at 16 tragically lost her life in an automobile accident in 1999. Her classmates memorialized Shawna by raising $10,000 and establishing The Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc., which is awarded annually to a female Uxbridge High School graduate who exhibits the qualities of the late Shawna Shea, qualities that made her unique and made a lasting impact on everyone she touched in her short life here on Earth.
Those qualities are best described in a poem written by her father Skip Shea entitled, “She Rode Her Own Wave.” It begins like this: She Rode Her Own Wave inviting any and all on, but never drifting off on others. It was a large wave with a direct route to the shore passing us as the undertow pulls us further out.
Since the establishment of the Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc., dozens of young women who have graduated from Uxbridge High School have received this award to continue their education.
We are truly blessed to be able to provide this assistance in Shawna’s name since we know she would always want to help her friends and anyone who lives on the margins and deserves everything beautiful that life can give. The Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc. also includes a memorial award in the name of Michael Liberty, Shawna’s cousin. This award is presented to a male Uxbridge High School graduate who exhibits the qualities of inclusion and respect for all abilities and interests.
Every year, Shawna’s family members and friends create fun and meaningful events to sustain The Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc. to continue this legacy that honors Shawna, her character and her values.
Visit the Festival's official website, ShawnaSheaFF.org