Film awards shine light on talent

Roleystone Community College student Felicity Pheasant was part of the team that produced the school’s winning film festival entry, Last Letter. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d418722
Roleystone Community College student Felicity Pheasant was part of the team that produced the school’s winning film festival entry, Last Letter. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d418722

The annual award honours a production team’s outstanding contribution to the WA screen industry.

The film’s executive producer Joan Peters said it was a proud moment to accept the award for the Drift team and acknowledged the role the film had played in paving the way for other WA-shot features.

Armadale Film Fest has previously attracted big industry names, including Nelson Woss, producer of Red Dog.

This year, the teenage star of Satellite Boy, Joseph Pedley, joined a screening of the film, which was followed by a question-and-answer session, where he entertained audiences with his wit and charm.

Since its inception in 2012, the film fest has grown to attract a large following and has received ongoing support from Screenwest, the MRA and the City of Armadale.

Festival chairman Tony Buti said he was delighted with the turnout and the quality of the entries.

‘Armadale has become somewhat of a production hub in recent years with major projects such as Blame, The Turning and Who’s Been Sleeping in my House, all filmed in the area,’ he said.

Prizes worth $5000 were on offer this year for the short film competition.

The Best Organisation award went to Sarah Jeanes for Dale Cottages, Best Secondary School entry went to Roleystone Community College for Last Letter, Best Open Documentary went to WA Screen Academy student Gordon Anderson for Balloon Man and Best Open Narrative went to Chris Veerhuis and Katherine Marmion for the Comedy Date.

The winning films were screened at the Memorial Park Amphitheatre.