Annabelle Roberts, a 16-year-old up-and-coming actress from Kapaau on Hawaii Island, received an honorary award at the 5th Annual EuroCinema Hawaii’s Film Festival Awards Gala on November 8 at Waikiki’s prestigious Moana Surfrider, when Make-A-Wish® Hawaii and EuroCinema honored her wish to be a celebrated actress.
This award was given on behalf of the EuroCinema Hawaii board in light of Annabelle’s passion for acting. This Hawaii Island girl has pursued her dream of being a celebrated actress despite being diagnosed with two chronic inflammation diseases in December 2012: Pars Planitis, Multiple Sclerosis, and other complicating factors that are causing her to lose her eyesight. Annabelle, who has competed in child beauty pageants since she was young, made her debut performance playing the part of a pageant contestant named “Carly” in the movie Little Miss Sunshine.
“There is a sense of magic in the world of Hollywood, where scripts become blockbuster films; actors transform into believable characters and talent and storytelling come together to inspire generations. We are thrilled to help Annabelle see her dream realized at the 2014 EuroCinema Film Festival Awards Gala.” said EuroCinema Hawai`i President, Jefferson Finney.
Make-A-Wish Hawaii collaborated with EuroCinema Hawaii to ensure the evening was a time to not only celebrate her accomplishments, but to honor her bravery through the power of a wish. From having her hair and make-up professionally done, ensuring she had a glamorous gown to wear by Hawaii Fashion Designer Ari Southiphong, to Hawaii Photographer Kevin Lubera and Videographer Susanne Kurisu bringing out the cameras - numerous local business partners rolled out the red carpet for this talented teen. She was sparkling from head to toe, from borrowed vintage jewels by an individual donor to sparkling stilettos donated by Jimmy Choo.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Annabelle for the accomplishments she has made thus far despite her tough medical diagnosis,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii President and CEO Siana Austin Hunt. “We hope this wish experience will empower her to maintain the beautiful outlook she possesses that truly gives her that star quality.”
Annabelle shined on the red carpet as EuroCinema Hawaii’s honorary starlet for the evening. She was intimately presented with her honorary award by the board in recognition of her story and unwavering bravery, topped off with the final surprise of a continued celebration aboard a Mediterranean Cruise. The crowd rumbled in applause in support of Annabelle when Australian Actor Brenton Thwaites escorted her onstage to accompany his acceptance of the 2014 Prince and Princess Kawananakoa Rising Star Award. Thwaites played the role of Prince Phillip alongside Angelina Jolie in “Maleficent,” in addition to lead roles in “The Signal” with Laurence Fishburne and in “The Giver” with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
“We are so grateful to EuroCinema Hawaii for helping us deliver this magical wish in a way that taps into Annabelle’s acting dreams,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii COO Amy Sterry. “Annabelle’s dream of being a celebrated actress is one that she embodies all on her own since the day she enrolled in acting classes and decided she would never give up; We are just helping her celebrate this dream she has built with her own hard work.”
Annabelle is among 100 children Make-A-Wish Hawaii is granting wishes to in 2014 – a record yearly reach for our chapter.
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Special Thanks: Jimmy Choo, Ari Southiphong, The Sheraton Waikiki, Kevin Lubera Photography, Susanne Kurisu, EuroCinema Hawaii, KHON2 News, VIP Transportation Inc., Hard Rock Cafe, Watanabe Floral, Macy's, Celebrity Tuxedos, Naillabo, Enterprise, Mark Ramelb Photography