Bril­liant WA teen wows our film fest

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

A hugely tal­ented teenager who pro­duced a stun­ning jour­ney through the gal­axy from his bed­room has earned the hon­our of be­ing named the 2016 Port Shorts Open Film­maker Awards win­ner.

Port Shorts Am­bas­sadors and Judges Stephen Curry, Matt Hearn and Kier Shorey gave a stand­ing ova­tion to the qual­ity of the 50-plus short films that screened to an au­di­ence of over 700 peo­ple un­der the stars over two fab­u­lous nights in trop­i­cal Port Dou­glas on Oc­to­ber 28-29 for the 2016 Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val.

“You would not get a bet­ter qual­ity short film fes­ti­val any­where in the world and the au­di­ence re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the what they were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing,” Steve said.

“From the high school stu­dents to some very ac­com­plished film­mak­ers from around the world, you re­ally got a sense that you were watch­ing the best of what’s com­ing next in film ... and the fu­ture looks bloody great, es­pe­cially from Port Dou­glas.”

Perth 17-year-old Rad­heya Je­gath­eva won the $5000 first prize for his epic Jour­ney, vin­di­cat­ing his de­ci­sion to pur­sue his pas­sion for an­i­ma­tion and film­mak­ing, with the judges hugely ex­cited by his tal­ent.

Wolf Creek Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Matt Hearn said Rad­heya’s bril­liant score he com­posed to com­ple­ment his amaz­ing vis­ual Jour­ney trans­formed the au­di­ence as well as judges.

“He ap­plied some clever tech­niques over mul­ti­ple lay­ers to cre­ate a re­ally beau­ti­ful short film and to be hon­est we ini­tially found it hard to be­lieve such an in­cred­i­ble pro­duc­tion was cre­ated by a 17year-old in his bed­room,” Matt said.

“The judges were de­lighted to speak with him and his fam­ily on the phone straight away he was an­nounced as the win­ner, his dad loaned him the $25 to en­ter so he’s ended up with a pretty good re­turn and Rad­heya’s jour­ney has only just be­gun, he’s got a huge fu­ture and we’ll cer­tainly do what we can to open some doors for him.”

Prov­ing that you can never be too cool for the trop­ics, David Hansen’s su­per stylish Sling­shot won over au­di­ences to earn him the well-de­served Peo­ple’s Choice award while reef ex­pert John Rum­ney’s sad but spec­tac­u­lar ex­plo­ration of an old friend earned him the Port Shorts Lo­cal Film­maker Award and the $2000 prize with The Mono­lith.

Am­bas­sador Kier Shorey said judges were im­pressed by the film­mak­ing fu­ture show­cased at the 2016 Port Shorts Young Film­maker Awards.

“It’s great to see so many fan­tas­tic short films from such a di­verse col­lec­tion of young film­mak­ers,” Kier said.

“They man­aged to tell some com­pelling sto­ries, make us think or give us a few laughs and that’s what pro­duc­ing short films for a broad au­di­ence is all about.”

Oliver Mars­den picked up his se­cond Port Shorts Young Film­maker Awards Short Nar­ra­tive ma­jor prize of a Pana­sonic Lu­mix GH-4 for his slick su­per­hero tale The Ad­ven­tures of Mr Mus­cu­lar & Side­kick Boy, Fyn­nian Law­son cracked up au­di­ences with his win­ning Mu­sic Video par­ody How Clean is Your Hair and US film­maker Michael Es­co­bar picked up Best Mi­crodoco for Freerun­ner.

Vasco Gonsalves col­lected the PSYFA Peo­ple’s Choice Award with United.

Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor Ali­son Ge­orge said or­gan­is­ers wanted to say a huge thanks to film­mak­ers, au­di­ences, spon­sors and Am­bas­sadors for con­tribut­ing to such a fab­u­lous 2016 Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val.

Rad­heya Je­gath­eva won the main prize at Port Shorts for his in­ter­stel­lar fan­tasy, Voy­age

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