SA Filmmaker wins in Beijing
South Australian up-and-coming filmmaker, Brendon Skinner, has won the Beijing Pitching Competition, the culminating event at the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asian Pacific and the China International Copyright Expo (CICE) Beijing Film Workshop.
The Beijing Pitching Competition prize is meetings with executives from the Motion Picture Association and their member companies and attendance at the annual American Film Market (AFM). Held annually in Santa Monica, the AFM attracts 8000 delegates from 70 countries to hear from international film leaders.
Brendon won with his feature film pitch for The Pulse, a family superhero film set in Sydney conceived with his co-directing and co-producing partner Simon Williams. Brendon and Simon have made several award winning shorts, which have screened nationally and internationally, and received a nomination in this year’s IF awards. Brendon and Simon, along with their associate Megan Huitema, are in a mentorship and development deal with South Australia’s AMPCO Films.
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South Australian Film Corp Digital Media Attachment SchemeWhat is this scheme? Through the Digital Media Attachment Scheme, the South Australian Film Corporation enables professionals to have paid experience for up to 12 weeks in a variety of specialist and generalist roles, with an expectation that applicants will then gain paid employment in their chosen field.
Graduate Success Stories
Flinders University has many graduates who have gone on to make their mark in the world of film, theatre, TV and digital media. Amongst them is Scott Hicks, who won an Academy Award for his film Shine, and whose recent production The Boys Are Back was filmed in Adelaide and along South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Accomplishments of recent graduates and current students include:
- Granaz Moussouvi (Screen Honours, 2003) directed the feature film My Tehran for Sale, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Adelaide Film Festival. Granaz is one of a growing band of Flinders Screen graduates who have gone on to further study at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS): among them are writer-director Amy Gebhardt (Screen Honours,1998), director Hugh Sullivan (Screen Honours 2002), cinematographer Craig Jackson (Screen Honours, 2000), sound designers James Bagley and Belinda Trimboli (BCA 2005) (Screen Honours, 2001).
- Current Screen students have won the Australian Cinematographers Society Gold Award for Student Cinematography for the past two years: Kirsty Stark in 2008 for her work on the Flinders film The Threat That Came From Beyond Tomorrow to Destroy Us All, and Victoria Cocks for the Flinders Honours film Golden Years. Victoria’s was one of nine ACS Awards for Cinematography won by Flinders students and graduates in 2009.
- In 2008, Simone Mazengarb (BCA Honours, 2007) was recognised as the Best Australian Woman Cinematographer at the 15th annual World of Women Film Festival as the Director of Photography for Hair Today Gone Tomorrow, a student film she shot at Flinders.
- In the 2010 South Australian Screen Award Nominations, 32 of the 61 nominees for awards are Flinders graduates. The 2006 Qantas Spirit of Youth (SOYA) Moving Pictures award went to Hugh Sullivan, while Caitlin Hall (BCA Honours, 2004) had her film, Songs for Running Away selected for Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
- Current BCA Honours student Chris Kellett will have his Flinders Honours film Priya , a Bollywood style romance about Australian Indian friendship, screened on Mumbai-based Zee TV channel, which broadcasts to a potential audience of more than 100 million people in Europe, the Middle East Asia and North America. Chris’ commercial success follows in the footsteps of Dario Russo, whose Honours project, a parody trailer for Italian Spiderman, has had over three million hits on YouTube, and has spawned a series of ten internet films. Flinders graduates Holly Owen (Screen Honours, 2001) Dylan Henderson (BCA Screen Honours, 2004) and Hugh Sullivan directed three of the four Mini Series of short films for mobile phones produced for the ABC.
- In 2009, third-year student Brad Wesson won second place in the international “Games on the Go” competition run by computer giant Intel for his computer game concept, GermiNation. Brad, who is already working for games company Holopoint, is one of a team of Digital Media students developing a fully functioning high quality game that will run on the XBox Arcade, with Flinders branding, for release later this year.
- Flinders graduates are strongly represented at the South Australian Film Corporation. Project Managers and Officers at the SAFC include:
Kath McIntyre – Flinders University BA Hons Screen 2007
Rebecca Summerton – Flinders University BA Screen 1997
Kate Jarrett – Flinders University BA Screen ex student
Sandy Lepore – Flinders University BA Hons Drama 1993
Andrada Tudor – Flinders University BCA Hons Screen 2006
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