A new film project launched in January by The Mentalist actor Tim Kang is being praised by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for the awareness it will bring to the issues of abducted and sexually abused children.

Kang is best known for his role in the CBS hit drama “The Mentalist” as the fan favorite character California law enforcement investigator “Kimball Cho.”

Kang announced in January that his new film production company, One Shoot Films, had launched a short film competition. Story ideas for the competition will address the real life crimes of child abduction and sexually abused children. The competition is open to new and emerging writers and directors. The winning screenplay will be produced by One Shoot Films and submitted to U.S. and International film festivals.

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the United States which equates to 2,000 missing children each day. It is also estimated that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be the victims of sexual exploitation before they reach the age of 18.

“Every child deserves a safe childhood. The child victimization statistics are staggering. We are very enthusiastic to learn about the new project that Tim has launched which will help bring heightened awareness about the risks children face,” said Ernie Allen, President & CEO of NCMEC.

Kang has served as a national spokesperson for NCMEC for the past two years, working with the organization to help educate parents about what they should be telling their children to keep them safe.

One Shoot Films is based in Los Angeles, Calif. The production company develops, produces and acquires independent film scripts and properties from the United States and around the world for distribution. One Shoot Films’ primary focus is to get back to the basics of storytelling – to produce relevant, engaging and entertaining films that accurately reflect the world we live in today. Details about the film competition can be found at www.oneshootfilms.com.

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