Tinseltown beckons local filmmakers

Short film The Artifact will premier at the 168 Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 30.
Short film The Artifact will premier at the 168 Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 30.

THREE amateur filmmakers are in Hollywood this weekend after a short film they made in Western Australia garnered nominations for 13 awards.

Created and produced by Ashby resident Aaron Kamp, The Artifact will premiere in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 30 as part of the 168 Film Festival.

Kamp, co-writer Michael Jepson and lead actor Jack Jovcic flew to LA this week to attend the festival and awards ceremony.

�Festivals like 168 give us a great opportunity to connect with other filmmakers and executives in the industry,� Kamp said.

�You just never know what doors it might open up for us and that is exciting.�

Jepson, who lives in Tapping, said it was great to have their work recognised.

�This is the most nominations by an Australian entry in the (12-year) history of the competition,� he said.

�I think it is also a first for a film to be nominated in both comedy and drama categories.�

The 168 Film Project challenges filmmakers worldwide to shoot and edit a short film in 168 hours, or seven days, with 10 days provided in the signature speed category for writing, casting, locations and schedules.

The top 20 films screen at Premiere House in downtown LA prior to the gala awards ceremony.

The Artifact is Kamp�s third short film, and he said, while it was just the beginning, the future looked bright.

�We make short films with the aim of moving onto bigger projects,� he said.

The film is about a kidnapped relic hunter, Lauren, who is pressured to reveal her latest find.

Nominations:

Best film

Best director � Aaron Kamp

Best screenplay (drama) � Aaron Kamp and Michael Jepson

Best screenplay (comedy) � Aaron Kamp and Michael Jepson

Best actress � Sharnya Thomson

Best actor � Jack Jovcic

Best supporting actor � Ben Weirheim

Best cinematography � Dion Borrett

Best original music � Andrew Clarke

Best editing � Steven Burlinson and Aaron Kamp

Best sound design � Nayomi Pattuwage

Best international film

Best comedy film