Mossman filmmaker in national awards finals
CHARLIE Blanch, 25, of Mossman, is a finalist in the prestigious NOVA Focus on Ability Short Film Festival for his short documentary, A Film about Cerebral Palsy.
Charlie, who has cerebral palsy, chose to interview a friend, Sophie Stalker, who also has the condition, and they explore some of the challenges and highlights of her life for the film.
“I have made lots of films, but this one is the first I edited,” Charlie said, “and I taught myself how to use the editing program, Shotcuts, in the process.
“I am happy I made the film and entering this competition helped me learn more about documentaries and film making.”
Charlie readily admits that reading is not his “thing” so movies have become his books.
“I love movies – action and comedies and movies by Pixar and Disney,” he said, “and I have already started on a movie about a dog for the Port Shorts Festival.”
Charlie admitted his real ambition is to become an actor.
“I keep challenging myself, and I like to explore and be adventurous,” he said.
The Focus on Ability Short Film Festival attracts entries from around the world, and provides cash and prizes to the winners in the various categories. Judging is by both a professional panel and by online voting which closes midnight on July 3.
Winners will be announced in early September but Charlie said he is not planning to go to Sydney for the awards night.
“I am just happy to in the competition,” he said, “and I don’t mind if I win or lose.”
Charlie Blanch of Mossman