Best Student Film

Young girl at the dinner table A still from 2013 AFTRS student film 'Kharisma'

Dec 17 2014

As the year draws to an end, AFTRS is delighted to share the latest festival selections and wins for recent AFTRS student films:

Big congratulations go to directing and MSA graduate Warwick Young and the key creative team, comprised of mostly fellow AFTRS alumni, for the student film Stuffed (2013) which notched up yet another festival laurel picking up the win for Best Student Film at the UK Film Festival as well as being selected for the upcoming Academy Award qualifying festival Flickerfest.

Along with Stuffed two more AFTRS student films also made the cut for Flickerfest 2015 which are: Kharisma (2013) and Ballsy (2014) Congratulations to all who worked on these films.        
Recent graduate Larissa Lavarch (Behrendt)  saw her 2013  student film Clan win Best Documentary at Adelaide's  Shorts Film Festival in Adelaide where the judges were so impressed they created a new documentary prize category to recognise Larissa's student film. Congratulations to all of the AFTRS students and graduates who worked on Clan.

Meanwhile a freshly minted student film The Heart Thief written and directed by Ella Rubelli (Documentary) took out second place for Best Student Film (Documentary) at Raw Science in Los Angeles while Elizabeth Cooper's 2013 AFTRS student film Like Breathing has been selected for competition in My Queer Career at the 2015 Mardi Gras Film Festiva and 2012 student film Freak written, produced and directed by Siobhán Costigan was selected to screen at the Fester Film Festival - a monthly film night in Los Angeles.

will screen on Thursday January 15 at 8pm at the Vidiots Foundation Screening Room in Santa Monica.

That's a wrap for 2014. Looking forward to more wins and announcements and accolades for the work of AFTRS' terrifically talented students and graduates in 2015!


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