Our blogging colleague Kad Barma called attention to this item: Lowell filmmaker and photographer James “Jim” Higgins won the Grand Jury Prize in the 2010 Screaming Ant Film Festival, which is a huge deal even though some of us have not heard of this annual online festival. His film “A Fairy’s Tale” features young Cambodian-American actors from Lowell. Check the website and see Jim’s short film online, plus an interview with him. Jim works in an experimental format, stop-motion, using his photographer’s camera instead of a movie camera and then composing the digital film on his computer. The process gives the final product as unique look and feel. For filmmakers reading this, the deadline for the 2011 competition is in March.