THE COPELAND KIDS by Cecilia Copeland wins Queen Supreme Best Feature Script at The Queen Palm Int. Film Festival Annual Screening and Awards
THE COPELAND KIDS is based on the true story of the Copeland kidnappings, origins of the Uniform Child Custody Act.
THE COPELAND KIDS by Cecilia Copeland (TALTRIX Winner LA Femme Int. Film Festival).
1975, when Bev's ex-husband Sam takes off with their children she never dreamed he would leave the country. To get the kids back, she'll have to change the law, plead her case in the Israeli Supreme Court, and fight harder than she ever thought possible. Based on the true story of the Copeland kidnappings, the origin of the Uniform Child Custody Act.
In every divorce there are two sides to the story, but for the children stuck between them who is right and who is wrong makes little difference when they are taken from one county, culture, and family to another. Even the best intentions sometimes lead us down the wrong path, but there is always hope.
THE COPELAND KIDS screenplay has also won the Van Gough Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival, been named a Finalist for Finish Line Script Competition and The Great American Script Contest, selected for LA Live Film Festival and named Winner Best Screenplay Pinnacle Film Awards.
The "Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act" is the current law on the books that grew out of the legal changes made during the Copeland Kidnappings. At the time there was nothing beyond a misdemeanor to enforce the home state custody order and prevent parental kidnappings. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement has been adopted in forty-nine of the fifty states.
Cecilia Copeland, the screenwriter, is one of the children who were taken in the Copeland kidnappings. She is a writer who lives in New York. On writing THE COPELAND KIDS, Copeland had this to say, "When I saw what was happening at the border to so many children and parents, I couldn't stand by and do nothing. I know the long term effects of being separated from a parent at a young age. The best way I can help make people understand is to tell my story."
Most recently Copeland is known for her award winning pilot, TALTRIX winner of Best TV Pilot Screenplay LA Femme International Film Festival, among others, based on her novel SURVIVING THE GAUNTLET.
For more information https://www.ceciliacopeland.com/