Image from 'Lou' featuring a young girl eating an iceblock Still from 'Lou'

Nov 10 2011

A diverse and eclectic collection of internalional and local festivals have recognised both AFTRS student films and the work of AFTRS alumni in recent weeks ...

First up we learnt that the 13th Festival des Antipodes (an annual festival of Australian and New Zealand films held each year in the French Riviera town of St Tropez) recently presented its awards and the  Grand Jury prize went to Lou made by AFTRS alumnus Belinda Chayko (Scriptwriting)

Three out of the seven features in competition at this year's Cinema des Antipodes were made by AFTRS alumni including: Lou, Here I Am by Beck Cole (Documentary) and Toomelah by Ivan Sen (Directing) which competed alongside Face to Face, Mad Bastards and Matching Jack.

Also in attendance at the festival was AFTRS Directing lecturer and alumnus Jonathan Ogilvie (Television) whose film The Tender Hook opened the festival.

Big congratulations to Belinda and it was wonderful to see so many AFTRS people represented in St Tropez.

News also came in this week that AFTRS student film Kiss, directed by Alex Murawski (Directing), has been accepted into the Brisbane International Film Festival. Kiss will screen in the Australian Shorts program on Saturday, November 12.

And AFTRS student film Sosefina, directed by Tresa Ponnor (Directing), has been selected to screen at the Legacy Film Festival in the UK.

Congratulations Tresa and Alex!


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.