Blind filmmaker wins eight international awards

Filmmaker Peter Renzullo. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d494461
Filmmaker Peter Renzullo. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d494461

LEGALLY blind filmmaker Peter Renzullo has won eight international awards in three months for his first film, Anticipation.

The Bassendean resident, who has three per cent left of his central vision, released the Perth-based feature film in July.

The film explores the life of Lenny, a musician who struggles to make it in the industry while battling social anxiety.

Mr Renzullo used a Blackmagic Design 4K camera, along with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve to edit the film.

The film won best screenplay and best supporting actress at the American Golden Picture International Film Awards, best main theme song at the Oniros Film Awards in Italy, best independent feature film, best screenplay, best lead actor and best team performance at the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela and best director at the Anaheim Film Festival in Orange County.

Peter Renzullo. Picture: David Baylis.

Mr Renzullo, who owns a music production company called Scudley Records, said winning the awards was beyond anything he could have hoped for.

“I dreamed of the day I could just enter an international film festival, let alone win eight awards from four different ones,” he said.

“I’d just like to give a big thank you to Blackmagic Designs and DaVinci Resolve, as the technology and software they have provided made this all possible.

He said he was in the process of organising the production for his next feature film.

“The trusty Blackmagic Production camera I have; the camera that served me so well for Anticipation, will hopefully be taking a back seat to the newer URSA Mini Pro, which is very exciting,” he said.

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