AFTRS students’ films shine internationally

22 September, 2015 by Staff Writer

Joel Loxton’s The Kangaroo Guy has won the jury award in the international student category at the Montreal World Film Festival, capping a successful period for AFTRS students.

Malina Mackiewicz’s Deszcz,  which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will compete at the Chicago International Film Festival (October 15-29) for the top prize- the Gold Hugo, which is chosen from 50 short films from around the world.


Ella Rubeli’s documentary The Heart Thief has been selected to compete at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis as one of five documentary finalists. The Heart Thief premiered at the Raw Science Awards last year and was runner up in the category best student film – 10 minute documentary.

Sean Capel's Life After Death will have its world premiere at the Academy Award-qualifying Raindance Film Festival in London, which runs September 23-October 4.

Margaret McHugh's The Drover's Boy  has been selected for the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival (October 15-25) after premiering at the Sydney Film Festival and competing for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for best Australian documentary.

Nastassja Djalog’s Silent Night has been selected for the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado (October 16-18) following its premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortsfest in June and subsequent screening at Flickers Rhode Island.

Vedrana Music’s A Boy Called Su will screen at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Sweden (October 19-25), competing for best children’s film. It has also been chosen for the International Gold Panda Awards (student category) at Sichuan TV Festival in China and had its world premiere last week at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in the UK.

Warwick Young’s Stuffed won the audience award (new talent showcase) at this year’s Down Under Berlin in Germany..

Three AFTRS student films will screen at Tasmania’s BOFA Film Festival: The Drover’s Boy, Shannon Murphy’s Kharisma and Erin Good’s The Wonderful.