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AFTRS Festival Favorites, a new award-winning short film program by students of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, will launch today on ABC iview.

Each of the eight shorts has been screened at film festivals around the world – from the Wairoa Māori Film Festival in New Zealand to the Melbourne International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest in the US, Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Sweden, ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Canada, and more.

Collectively, the films received 60 official festival invitations and several nominations and awards, including Best Direction for This River at the Flickerfest International Film Festival, the Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film at the San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival for The Familiars. and Best Short Film at the St Kilda Film Festival for Lost boy.

This price makes Lost boy eligible for 2022 Oscars short list.

“Since the collection launched, it has received over half a million views, making it a popular and influential platform for Australians to experience our new on-screen storytellers. The teams responsible for these eight short films will also now have the opportunity to show their creative talent to the audience of ABC iview, ”said AFTRS CEO Dr Nell Greenwood.

Roberta Allan, Head of Content Curation and Distribution at ABC, said: “ABC is proud to support emerging filmmakers as part of our commitment to Australian creativity. The AFTRS student’s ABC iview collection of shorts showcases some of our best new talent and will offer all Australians something great to watch this summer. The future of the Australian film industry is bright and the ABC is excited to help present audiences with exceptional new stories.

The eight films selected are:

Bala, directed by Deborah Brown and written by Melissa Lee Speyer, both Master of Screen Arts students. Bala has been selected for several festivals, including Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, Ontario, Canada (2020), ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada (2020), Flickerfest International Film Festival (2021), Birrarangga Film Festival, ACMI (2021), Manchester Film Festival, United Kingdom (2021), Gold Coast Film Festival (2021), Wairoa Māori Film Festival, New Zealand (2021), Brisbane International Film Festival (2021).

Elagabalus, winner of the Juror’s Choice Award at the 2021 Berlin Student Film Festival, Germany, was directed by Xanthe Dobbie, written by Samuel Herriman and produced by Alexis Talbot-Smith, all Master of Screen Arts students. Other film festival selections include CinefestOz Film Festival, WA (2020), Newfest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival (2020), Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden (2020), FilmschoolFest Munich, Germany (2020), Image + Nation LGBTQUEER Film Festival, Montreal (2020), Queer Film Festival, Gold Coast (2020), St Kilda Film Festival (2021) and KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India (2021).

The End, The Beginning, winner of the AVID Award for Best Original Score in an Australian Short Film at the Flickerfest International Film Festival (2021), was directed by Archie Chew, written by Samuel Herriman and produced by Alicia Easaw-Mamutil, all masters of Screen arts students. The film was also selected at Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden (2019), Berlin Student Film Festival (2021), Flickerfest International Film Festival (2021), Providence Children’s Film Festival, Rhode Island (2021), BUFF Malmo Film Festival, Sweden (2021), Flickers Roving Eye International Film Festival, Rhode Island (2021), St Kilda Film Festival (2021) and Boston International Kids Film Festival (2021).

Like How I Remember was written and directed by Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production Student Brittany Xu and produced by classmates Mimi Rosenbaum and Claire Ma. The film was selected at the Asian Film Festival in Los Angeles (2020 ), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2020) and Gold Coast Film Festival (2021).

Lost Boy was nominated for Best Director in a Student Film at the Australian Directors’ Guild Awards (2020) and won Best Short Film at the St Kilda Film Festival (2021). Lost Boy was written and directed by Peter Skinner (Master of Arts Screen) and produced by Susannah Wolff and David Shyegun, both Graduate Certificate Screen graduates (creative production). The film has also been shortlisted for the Brisbane International Film Festival (2020) and the Newport Beach Film Festival, California (2021).

Sunburn was directed by directed by Jaslyn Mairs, written by Claudia Bailey and produced by Lev Jutsen and Ben Bauchet while studying for the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production. The film has been selected for screening at CinefestOz Film Festival, WA (2020), Brisbane International Film Festival (2020), Berlin Student Film Festival (2021), Flickerfest International Film Festival (2021), Gold Coast Film Festival (2021), Phone. Aviv International Student Film Festival (2021) and Melbourne International Film Festival (2021).

The Familiars won the Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film at the San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (2020) and the Award for Best Australian Short Film and Best Performance in an Australian Short Film (Milly Alcock ) at the A Night of Horror International Film Festival (2021). The film was also nominated for Best Direction in Sound Post-Production and Best Young Actor at the St Kilda Film Festival (2021). The Familiars was directed by Millicent Malcolm (Graduate Certificate, Director), written by Octavia B. Martin (Grade Certificate Screen, Screenwriter) and produced by Alexis Talbot-Smith (Master of Arts Screen). Other film festival selections include Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (2020), Maniatic Film Festival, Valencia (2020), Telluride Horror Show (2020), Flickerfest International Film Festival (2021), HorrorHound Film Festival, Ohio (2021 ), IMAGINE Film Festival, Amsterdam (2021), Indy Shorts International Film Festival, Indianapolis (2021), Fantastic Fest, Austin (2021) and Canberra Short Film Festival (2021).

This River, written, directed and produced by Master of Screen Arts student Naomi Fryer, won the Spectrum Films Award for Best Director in an Australian Short Film at the Flickerfest International Film Festival (2021) and Best Student Film and for Best Director of Photography at WIFT V -Fest 2021. The film was also selected at Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose (2021), St Kilda Film Festival (2021), Montreal Independent Film Festival (2021), Canberra Short Film Festival (2021) and Female Voices Rock Film Festival, New York, United States (2021).

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