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 in Cincinnati, the film festival is open to students in the 12 Midwest states (Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) as well as areas within 500 miles of Cincinnati including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Deleware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Our mission is to provide teens 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.