Moss­man film­maker in na­tional awards fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

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

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