Every day Hailey gets off the school bus to be met by her mother sitting on a bench with a balloon. Her mother takes her lunchbox and passes Hailey the balloon. They walk off. One day Hailey arrives at the bench to just find the balloon, tied up with no sight of her mother. She unties the balloon and waits. And waits. She snacks, reads, lies on the bench. She falls asleep Until…She wakes to a big light falling on her. She looks up, at the light. She lets go of her balloon. The balloon drifts away.
In Banksy's famous mural the little girl has let go of her balloon. The Balloon Girl will tell a simple story of a lost parent. But it ends in hope. This film will be shot and submitted to festivals in the public service category to raise awareness of child abandonment. UNICEF reports mean that every minute, every day, all around the world, even in wealthy nations, children are being abandoned by their parents. It can lead to damaged educations, destroyed self-esteem, poverty and the horrors of child-trafficking.