The Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival was an idea first brought to light when Ann Brinkmann – a high school film/media teacher – was approached by one of her students, Katie Price, with the idea of hosting an annual film festival. Together, the two planned and launched the event at Ursuline Academy in April 2007 to an intimate audience with a handful of participating schools.

Golden Lion Awards, Inc. is now an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, the festival is open to high school and junior high film/media/broadcast students from 16 key states in and around the Midwest.

Our mission is to provide teens and educators with state-of-the-art filmmaking education, experiences, and guidance to tell stories that enrich the local film/media/broadcast communities, enabling the Midwest to become a critical base of nationally competitive students and professionals.

Now a Northeastern University alum, Katie Price Ross works for the Cincinnati-based marketing agency, Empower MediaMarketing, and still contributes to the film festival. Ann Brinkmann is currently the Executive Director/Founder of Golden Lion Awards, Inc. and enjoys working with Associate Director, Tess White, a former Golden Lion Award winner and film/media student.