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Alumni Works Premiere State-Side at LA's Outfest LGBTQIA+ Film Festival

Still from ‘Peach’ | Dir. Sophie Saville | Photo by Benjamin Powell, benjaminpowell.com.au

Works by AFTRS alumni are screening at the digital edition of Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQIA+ Film Festival.

As an Academy Award-qualifier and the largest film festival in Los Angeles, Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQIA+ Film Festival is one of the preeminent festivals in the world representing Queer cinema. Outfest LA 2020 includes 160+ world-class films, 35 world premieres, 10 North American premieres and 4 U.S. premieres, live concerts and conversations. The festival’s 2019 edition featured the international premiere of AFTRS Masters feature film, Sequin in a Blue Room (now screening at Dendy Cinemas).

This year, five shorts and one feature film have been selected to screen as part of a bumper lineup for the virtual event, which runs from 20-30 August. These works include –


Ellie and Abby (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)
First assistant director: Hattie Archibald (Master of Arts Screen, 2018; Graduate Certificate in Directing Fundamentals, 2013)
Executive producer: Brian Cobb (Graduate Diploma in Producing & Screen Business, 2011)
Editor: Nicole Thorn (Graduate Certificate in Editing Drama, 2012)
Production designer: Jamie Cranney (Graduate Diploma in Production Design, 2011)
Third assistant director: Nicola Macindoe (Bachelor of Arts Screen, 2018)


Atomic Love
Writer/director/editor: Imogen McCluskey (Bachelor of Arts: Screen 2017)
Cinematographer: Lucca Barone-Peters (Bachelor of Arts: Screen, 2017)
Sound Recording Mix and Design by Stuart Melvey (Master of Arts Screen, 2018)
Stills: Chelsea Thistlewaite (Advanced Diploma in Script Editing and Development, 2018; Graduate Certificate in Cinematography Fundamentals, 2012)

Her Own Music
Director: Olivia Alksoski
Cinematographer: Carina Burke (Graduate Certificate Screen: Cinematography, 2017)


Director: Sophie Saville
Writer/producer: Rowan Devereux (Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting Fundamentals, 2013)
Music: Elise Cociuban (Master of Screen Arts, 2017)
Cinematographer: Benjamin Powell (Advanced Diploma in Cine Essentials, 2016)
Editor: Andrew Shanks (Graduate Certificate in Directing Fundamentals, 2016)
Production designer: Courtney Covey (Diploma in Design for the Screen, 2016)
First assistant camera: Benjamin Ryan (Bachelor of Arts (Screen) 2017; Foundation Diploma, 2017)
Second assistant camera: Alyssa Montgomery (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018)
Gaffer: Lucca Barone-Peters (Bachelor of Arts (Screen), 2017)
Best boy/continuity: William Suen (Graduate Certificate in Directing Fundamentals, 2016)

Director/screenwriter: Jamieson Pearce (Graduate Diploma in Directing, 2014)
Producer: Liam Heyen (Graduate Diploma in producing, 2014)

The Test
Director: Jessica Smith
Composer: Thomas Rouch (Graduate Certificate: Screen Music, 2009)

See the full program here.