Still from 'Emily' featuring woman in her 40s staring, looking upset. Still from AFTRS student film 'Emily'

Apr 25 2012

Ben Mathews' AFTRS student film Emily, which he wrote and directed as part of his AFTRS Graduate Diploma in Directing in 2010, is one of five finalists, selected from 51 entries across 29 countries and will be advanced into competition in the Foreign Film category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 39th Annual Student Academy Awards.

Up to three winners will be selected from this group and brought to Los Angeles to join U.S based Student Academy Award® winners for a week of industry activities and social events culminating in a ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Emily is the first AFTRS student film in 20 years to be accepted into this competition.

The other selected films hail from: The University of Westminster in the UK, The Thomas Stuber Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg in Germany, The National Film and Television School in the UK and 
The International Film School Cologne, Germany.

Several past winners in the student Foreign Film competition have gone on to earn further recognition from the Academy at the Academy Awards.

We are delighted for Ben and the entire crew and cast that worked on Emily to receive this recognition which can now be added to the three previous Academy Award nominations for AFTRS student films; The Saviour: Peter Templeman, Birthday Boy: Sejong Park and Inja: Steve Pazlovsky

Emily key creatives:
  • Writer/Director: Ben Mathews
  •  Cinematographer: Joshua Flavell
  • Production Design: Alexi Wilson & Emma Leslie
  •  Editor: Liz Deegan
  •  Sound Design: Nicholas Tyrrell
  •  Music: Jimmy Ho & Christine Tintor
  •  Producers: Milena Romanin and Simon Moore


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.