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AFTRS BA Film, ‘The Granny Flat’ Vying for Two Australian Womens Film Festival Awards

Still from ‘The Granny Flat’ | Dir. Rachel Mackey

The Granny Flat, the AFTRS capstone project of 2018 Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production graduate, Rachel Mackey has been selected as a finalist for two awards at the Australian Womens Film Festival. The Granny Flat is a contender in the Best Animation and Best Comedy Film categories and will screen in competition at the annual festival on Sunday 14 March.

Written, directed and animated by Mackey during her final year at AFTRS, The Granny Flat was made with fellow Bachelor of Arts Screen classmates, producer Nicola Macindoe, editor Eden Lily McFarlane, sound designer/recordist/mixer Rowan Yeomans and composer Kane Gaundar.

The animated short follows two siblings who, after being temporarily abandoned by their parents, wake up to find their house overrun with grandmothers.


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Since its premiere at Revelation Perth International Film Festival in 2019, The Granny Flat has been doing the festival rounds worldwide, screening at Nashville Film Festival, St. Louis Internationa Film Festival, Festivals des Antipodes in Saint Tropez and Cannes, Vail Film Festival in Colorado, Flickerfest and Canberra Short Film Festival.

Also appearing at the festival is Sophie O’Connor’s Clap, edited by Ceinwen Berry (Master of Arts: Film, Television and Digital Media Editing, 2006), which is vying for Best Dramatic Film, along with Felicity Pickering’s Tony Fitzgerald’s Cult Following, scored by Grace Huie Robbins (Master of Arts: Film, Television and Digital Media Editing, 2013), contending for the Best Comedy Film award.

The works are among nine selected films that will screen at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction during the annual festival, which was developed to support, encourage and celebrate female storytellers by giving them a platform to showcase their talent both in front and behind the camera.

Taking place in March to align with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021, the day-long event will also include the awards presentation and a VIP cocktail event VIP featuring a panel discussion with Judges.

Find out more about the 2021 Australian Womens Film Festival and get tickets to the event here.

The Granny – finalist, Best Animation & Best Comedy Film
Writer/director/animator: Rachel Mackey (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018)
Producer: Nicola Macindoe (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018)
Editor/compositor/digital effects: Eden Lily McFarlane (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018)
Sound designer/recordist/mixer: Rowan Yeomans (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018)
Composer: Kane Gaundar (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018)
Stills photographer: Jess Gosling (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018), Nicola Macindoe

Clap – finalist, Best Dramatic Film
Director: Sophie O’Connor
Co-editor: Ceinwen Berry (Master of Arts: Film, Television and Digital Media Editing, 2006)

Tony Fitzgerald’s Cult Following – finalist, Best Comedy Film
Director: Felicity Pickering
Composer (co): Grace Huie Robbins (Master of Arts: Film, Television and Digital Media Editing, 2013)