Short but sweet: next generation of filmmakers awarded

Next Gen Film Festival organiser Jasmine Leivers with host and judge Matthew Eeles
Photo: Ryan Ammon Photography.
Next Gen Film Festival organiser Jasmine Leivers with host and judge Matthew Eeles Photo: Ryan Ammon Photography.

WEST Perth’s boutique cinema The Backlot hosted the inaugural Next Gen Short Film Festival and awards night over three nights this month.

Judges Matthew Eeles (Cinema Australia), Annie Murtagh-Monks (acting coach, lecturer and casting director), Tom Vincent (Film at Perth International Arts Festival program manager) and Tania Chambers (A Few Less Men and Kill Me Three Times producer) watched more than 30 short films and handed out 12 awards at the February 19 closing ceremony.

Council won the judges over and they awarded Best Film to its creators Hayden Fortescue, Gabrielle Cole and James Pentecost.

It also took out Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Director and Best Actor for Liam Graham.

Best Documentary was a tie between Viva La Vincent and Lenny the Lion, which also won the People’s Choice Award.

Best Actress went to Megan Hollier for her performance in The Golden Road, Best Editing went to Third World Solution, Best Production Design went to The Referendum Dance and Best Screenplay went to Avalon Park.

Radheya Jegatheva’s (17) Journey took out Best Visual Effects and the Special Jury Prize.

Next Gen founder Jasmine Leivers said she started the event to provide an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to screen their short films.

“The inaugural short film festival was an exciting initiative that offered more than just a screening but a real festival experience with an awards ceremony and prizes,” she said.

The Next Gen Short Film Festival won the Fringe World 2017 Film and Multimedia Award.