May 2 2016

Three AFTRS student films, all directed by females, continue their fantastic run of international and domestic film festival nominations and wins including the recent Sydney edition of the World of Women’s Cinema (WOW) which is focused on celebrating and recognising filmmaking by and about women.

WOW celebrated it’s 21st year in May 2016 with a diverse program of screenings and events with acclaimed Australian director, and AFTRS alumna, Gillian Armstrong serving as the festival patron.

Presented by not-for-profit organisation WIFT (Women in Film and Television) NSW, the festival which ran from April 28-May 1 the festival included awards for best film in a variety of categories from directing to editing and sound.

This year three AFTRS student films won their categories:

  •   Best Direction for Driftwood Dustmites directed by Malina Maria Mackiewicz
  •   Best Film (AUS) Factual The Heart Thief directed by Ella Rubeli
  •   Best Editing for Clan directed by Larissa Lavarch (Behrendt) (edited by Florence Holmes)   
  •   Best Sound Design for Clan directed by Larissa Lavarch (Behrendt) (sound design by Daniel Rossi)                 


Congratulations to all of the 2016 winners


Image: Still from AFTRS student film: The Heart Thief

Last updated May 2, 2016



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