AFTRS Students Take On The World

Five AFTRS films have been selected to screen at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival next month in the US, the world’s oldest independent film and video festival, and one AFTRS student film will screen at Hot Docs in Canada, the most prestigious documentary festival in North America.

At Midnight, directed by Amber McBride (2014) will screen at Hot Docs, following its world premiere at the Academy-Award qualifying Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK and has also been selected for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in the US.

The five selected films for WorldFest Houston are Foal (directed by Vanessa Gazy 2014), The Drover’s Boy (directed by Margaret McHugh 2014), Silent Night (directed by Nastassja Djalog 2014) and two films by director Malina Maria Mackiewicz’s – Deszcz and Driftwood Dustmites (2014).

Deszcz had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was selected for the Academy-Award qualifying Chicago International Film Festival. Next month it will also screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival along with Foal and A Boy Called Su (directed by Vedrana Music, 2014), and at the Academy-Award qualifying Nashville Film Festival, also in April. This is the third consecutive year that AFTRS student films have been selected for Nashville.

In further festival news, Larissa Behrendt’s documentary Clan (2013) will screen at the Athens International Film and Video Festival in Ohio and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Stuffed (directed by Warwick Young, 2013) screened at New Filmmakers LA, The Heart Thief (directed by Ella Rubeli, 2014) screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana, and both Back to Earth (directed by Tom Wilson, 2014) and, in its world premiere, Viral (directed by Sam Van Grinsven, 2014) recently screened at Cinequest LA, also an Academy-Award qualifying Festival.

“We are consistently seeing AFTRS student films selected for film festivals around the world, including Academy Award qualifying and A-list festivals in North America and Europe. It’s thrilling to see these young Australian directors acknowledged on the world stage, as well as the other members of their creative teams, many of whom are AFTRS colleagues,” said AFTRS CEO, Neil Peplow. “The school creates an environment in which young screen content creators can develop creative relationships that ensure throughout their careers.”



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