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Film Nonprofit Praises Films for Positive Portrayals of Freedom

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Moving Picture Institute has announced the results of their second annual "Liberty in Film Awards." Unlike the upcoming Academy Awards, the Liberty in Film Awards recognize mainstream films that celebrate entrepreneurship and self-determination.

"As the country turns to Hollywood for Oscar buzz and results, the Liberty in Film Awards encourage the public to reflect on films that celebrate freedom and individual rights," said Adam Guillette, Director of Outreach for the Moving Picture Institute. "The Awards also point out films that miss the mark when portraying personal freedom and free enterprise," he added.

The Liberty in Film award for "Best Picture" went to Dallas Buyers Club, the story of an AIDS patient forced to defy the FDA to get the treatment he and others needed.  It won for showing the benefits of free enterprise and social tolerance, as well as the dangers associated with overregulation.  

Elysium, a film that tells a tale of a dystopian future where the super-wealthy literally live on another planet, earned a "Dishonorable Mention" for suggesting that the answer to inequality is class warfare rather than economic freedom.

Other winners included The Hunger Games: Catching FireMan of Steel, and 12 Years A Slave, among others.  The complete list of award recipients can be found at

The Moving Picture Institute is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes freedom through film and supports filmmakers at every stage of their careers. Moving Picture Institute films and filmmakers have won a number of awards including a spot on the Academy Award short list for Best Documentary (Battle for Brooklyn) and a Guinness World Record for the largest film screening of all time (Honor Flight).

SOURCE The Moving Picture Institute

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