LOCAL filmmaker Rory Dalitz struck gold at Saturday’s Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA), winning two awards.
BUFTA is the largest competition of its kind for high school students in Australia, with just 18 nominees selected from more than 250 entrants to have their film showcased.
Rory, an All Saints’ College student, took home the gong for Best Achievement in Animation and the Dean’s Award.
Both awards were for his psychological horror sitcom The Hole Family, created as part of a school project.
The win meant Rory went back-to-back, having won the animation award in 2016 for Gourmet Grief.
The East Fremantle resident said he was excited to see his work receive such great feedback.
“I didn’t expect to win,” he said after the event on the Gold Coast.
“I’d like to think some people out there are responding to what I’m doing.
“I know I’m making films for a niche audience but it gives me confidence that that niche is big enough to capture the attention of people.”
Rory is in Melbourne for tonight’s Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards.
Tonight – at the tertiary and industry awards – he is a finalist in the all-ages animation category for the same film short.