LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last Chance for Animals (LCA) and filmmaker Dustin Brown won first place and a $3,000 cash prize from the Tarshis Short Film Awards for “Casa De Carne” that premiered at the 2019 Animal Film Festival hosted in partnership with the Tarshis Foundation.

“Casa de Carne” follows three friends in a not-so-distant and dark future who must slaughter the animals they order for dinner at a high-end restaurant. The thought-provoking film about hard choices and hidden truths won first place for its impact highlighting issues of animal suffering in food production.

In 2018, LCA and Mr. Brown won the Tarshis Short Film Awards second place prize for “Food for Thought” that examines the line drawn between pets and food.

“Now more than ever, we need stories that expand our circle of empathy and allow us to see the world through a more compassionate lens,” said Dustin Brown. “It’s easy to use our differences as starting points for conflict: different race, different religion, different country… different species. And yet, we’re all sharing this planet. Our similarities far outweigh our differences. That’s what this film is about.”

“We’re glad to have a second opportunity to start important conversations about creating a more humane world at the Animal Film Festival,” said Chris DeRose, LCA president and founder. “This festival is a great platform to raise awareness about how animals are exploited for profit. We’re grateful to the festival and the Tarshis Foundation for their commitment to these issues.”

Dustin Brown is a writer, director and editor with a passion for telling character-driven, socially conscious stories. He is a graduate of the American Film Institute Directing Program and founder of the social-impact film production company Dustin Todd Films.

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through investigations, legislation, and public awareness campaigns.  Since its formation in 1984, LCA has succeeded as one of the nation’s pioneer animal advocacy organizations. LCA’s public outreach programs have empowered others to make positive changes for animals.  For more information, visit www.lcanimal.org or follow @LC4A on Twitter.

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