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Sweet Success For AFTRS Graduate Film

‘Sweet Tooth‘ (2019) | dir. Shannon Ashlyn (Master of Arts Screen: Directing)

Sweet Tooth, a Masters graduate short film by writer/director Shannon Ashlyn has won the CAPA Best Film Award for Fiction as part of the Annual Cilect Prize Competition.

CAPA is the Asian Pacific Association of Cilect, an international association of over 180 film schools. The award winners were voted by Cilect members.

Shannon Ashlyn made the short as part of her Master of Arts Screen: Directing at AFTRS together with production designer Emma Bourke (Master of Arts Screen, 2018) and composer Allister Haire (Master of Arts Screen, 2018). Narrated by Cate Blanchett, Sweet Tooth is a dark fairy tale film set in a fictional European town in 1780. The short is inspired by the classic story of Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, but from a different perspective, telling the untold story of the wicked witch and her infamous gingerbread house.

The win comes just up ahead of the film’s official premiere at CinefestOz in August. Sweet Tooth has been selected to screen along with other alumni-made works like Benjamin Ryan’s (Bachelor of Screen Arts, 2017; Foundation Diploma, 2013) Loud Thoughts and Davis Jensen’s (Bachelor of Screen Arts, 2017) Tunnel Ball.


Written and directed by Shannon Ashlyn
Produced by Katherine Shearer
Cinematography by Emma Paine
Production design by Emma Bourke
Costume design by Sabina Myers
Edited by Rochelle Oshlack
Music by Allister Haire
Casting by Amanda Mitchell CGA
Full cast and crew credits