AFTRS student film Berlinale Bound

Jan 16 2015

Wonderful news from Berlin... 2014 AFTRS student film Driftwood Dustmites directed by Malina Mackiewicz and produced by Jessica Giacco has been selected to screen in the Generation 14plus competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Malina has been invited to attend the prominent festival which will take place next month from February 5-15 February. The Generation 14plus competition is a compilation of short and feature-length films aimed at children and youths, specifically 14 years and older.  The most outstanding films are awarded the Crystal Bears and the Prizes of the International Juries.

Congratulations to Malina and her team who worked on bringing this story to the screen...

  • Director/writer: Malina Mackiewicz (Directing)
  • Producer: Jessica Giacco (Producing)
  • Cinematographer: Burak Oguz Saguner (Cinematography)
  • Editor: Samuel Zubrycki (Editing)
  • Production Designer: James Hills (Production Design)
  • Post Sound: Nicholas Redmond (Sound - Post Production)

Screening along side Driftwood Dustmites in the Generation 14plus program is Nulla Nulla, a short film by Indigenous filmmaker Dylan River, an award winning filmmaker from Alice Springs and the recent recipient of an AFTRS  AV Myer Indigenous Award for Exceptional Talent (awarded in DEcember 2014) which supports emerging talent to pursue their careers in the screen arts and broadcast sector. Written and directed by Dylan Nulla Nulla was produced by Tanith Glynn-Maloney.

Also Berlin bound is the latest feature from acclaimed filmmaker and AFTRS alumnus Robert Connolly (Producing) which will be  European premiere for the film -- in the festival's Generation Kplus program, a section devoted to young people. AFTRS alumni Steve Worland (Scriptwriting) co-wrote the film with Robert; cinematography by Tristan Milani (Cinematography) and editing by Nick Meyers (Editing).

This is Robert's third appearance at Berlin, attending in 1998 for The Boys and also last year for his directorial collaboration in The Turning

Paper Planes stars Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman and David Wenham and is an imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

Congratulations all - our fingers are crossed!

Visit the 65th Berlin International Film Festival's website here >

Image attribution: Production still from AFTRS student film Driftwood Dustmites (2014).



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