AFTRS STUDENT FILMS FEATURE ON FESTIVAL CIRCUIT and ALUMNI SUCCESS AT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
AFTRS student films continue to have success on the festival circuit with festival favourite Driftwood Dustmites, directed by Malina Maria Mackiewicz (Graduate Diploma Directing 2014) winning Best Achievement In Cinematography, awarded to cinematographer Burak Oguz Saguner at the Academy-qualifying St Kilda Film Festival. The film was nominated earlier this year for the Crystal Bear award at Berlinale.
Two students from the new Bachelor of Arts program were recently selected for Perth’s Revelation International Film Festival. Ramon Samson’s I Remember You and Andre Shannon’s Vengeance will screen at the Festival in July.
On the international circuit Amber McBride (Graduate Diploma in Documentary, 2014) took out the Critic’s Award for Best Short Documentary at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in the US for her student film At Midnight while Vedrana Music’s (Graduate Diploma in Directing, 2014) A Boy Called Su has been selected from over 3000 entries for a special showcase screening at Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico. Master of Screen Arts graduate Laura Dudgeon (2014) will premiere her new film Happy in the US this month. Happy has been selected for two Academy-qualifying film festivals, Palm Springs International ShortFest and Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival.
“It’s very pleasing to see international and Australian festival success for students from across the range of AFTRS course offerings, including festival selection for two films made by students while still in their first year of the Bachelor of Arts program,” said AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow.
AFTRS alumni also won at the Sydney Film Festival last night with Spice Sisters winning Best Short Screenplay produced by Lyn Norfor (Graduate Diploma in Screen Business, 2010), written and directed by Sheila Jayadev. This follows the news that Alex Murawski (Graduate Diploma in Directing, 2010) and Alex Ryan (Graduate Diploma: Directing (Fiction & Non Fiction, 2009) were two of the four recipients of the inaugural Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship presented by Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia.
The latest feature from AFTRS Alumnus Ivan Sen (BA Film & TV Directing, 1997) Goldstone opened the festival and a significant number of films from AFTRS graduates also screened over the ten days: Black Chook, director Dylan River and cinematographer Warwick Thornton; Nathan Loves Ricky Martin, director Steven Arriagada and editor Andrew Brinsmead; Eaglehawk, directed Shannon Murphy; The Spa, director Will Goodfellow and producer Lucy Gaffy; Beast co-directed by Sam and Tom McKeith; Teenage Kicks director Craig Boreham; The Boys director Rowan Woods, screenwriter Robert Connolly and editor Nick Meyers; Baxter And Me director Gillian Leahy, producer Sue Brooks, editor Denise Haslem and cinematographer Steven Macdonald; Constance on the Edge editor Denise Haslem; Girl Asleep editor Karryn de Cinque, and Night Parrot Stories director and cinematographer Robert Nugent.