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Master's Film Wins Queer Screen Funding

Congratulations to 2018 Master of Arts Screen Directing graduand Samuel Van Grinsven (Master of Arts Screen: Directing, 2018) and graduate producer Sophie Hattch (Bachelor of Arts: Screen, 2017) who have been awarded the 2019 Queer Screen Completion Fund. The duo has received $10,000 to put towards completing their narrative feature film Sequin in a Blue Room, made as part of Sam’s postgraduate degree.

Samuel said, “We feel honoured to be supported by Queer Screen. Their presence in the Australian film industry is so important, and with their generous support we are now able to complete the film and start sharing it with audiences.”

The film’s team of AFTRS students included graduand editor Tim Guthrie (Master of Arts Screen: Editing, 2018) graduand composer Brent Williams (Master of Arts Screen: Music, 2018), and cinematographer Jay Grant (Master of Arts Screen: Cinematography). It was co-written by Jory Anast.

Last year, alumnus Thomas Wilson-White was awarded the 2018 Queer Screen Completion Fund for his feature film The Greenhouse. The Fund was established to provide independent LGBTIQ filmmakers and storytellers with support to tell stories that reflect the uniqueness and diversity of LGBTIQ lives and the community through grants, awards, training and resources.

Sequin in a Blue Room details a sixteen-year-old boy’s chance encounter at an anonymous sex party, and his hunt through the world of a sex-finding app to track down the mystery man. Information and updates on the film can be found at its Facebook page and on Instagram.