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AFTRS Alumni Works to Screen at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

‘Smile’ | Dir. Harriet McKern

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival will be coming around this July and in the newly released program, you’ll notice a few works made by AFTRS alumni.

With two shorts and one feature-length coming from our ex-students, the festival will showcase key works made by some of our best and brightest non-fiction storytellers. Set to have its World premiere at the festival, Looby is a feature-length documentary directed by Iain Knight that follows the story of Australian painter, Keith Looby.

Fresh off winning Best Documentary Short at Antenna Documentary Film Festival and having its international premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto, Vedrana Music’s short Handout will be having its Melbourne premiere. In the five-minute documentary, Vedrana’s mother retells the story of her escape from Sarajevo with the first UN Convoy taking mothers and children to Belgrade in 1992.

Also among the shorts is Smile, directed by Harriet McKern which explores photographer Tawfik Elgazzar’s community art project Flash Hub, which provides free portraits for locals and passers-by in Sydney’s Inner West.

There’s plenty of great viewing in this year’s stacked line-up – see the full program here.

Alumni-made films showing at MDFF:

Director: Iain Knight (Bachelor of Arts – Film & Television Directing, 1992) and Nick Garner

Director: Harriet McKern (Specialist Extension Certificate Editing, 1991)

Director: Vedrana Music (Graduate Certificate Screen: Cinematography, 2017)