The best of local filmmakers awarded

Seven of the best locally produced short films were recognised at the end of Flickerfest Byron Bay 2015.

The event, held from Friday until last night at the A&I Hall in Bangalow, presented the best of local, Australian and International shorts for the 10th consecutive year.

The winners of the Byron All Shorts were:

 

iQ and FLiCKERFEST - JURY AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM: CONDOM (3:48min)

Wri/Dir/Prod: Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric

Recorded and set in Bryon Bay, and animated in Brisbane. When six year old Spike finds a used condom, Dadda attempts to explain about boys' schmekels and girls' knutzas, and exactly what a condom is for.

A still from the short film Condom, winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film at Byron All Shorts 2015.
A still from the short film Condom, winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film at Byron All Shorts 2015.

 

SOUTHERN CROSS CREDIT UNION - PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM SPEAK TO ME (10:30min)

Wri/Dir/Prod: Duncan James

Recently widowed small town resident and bookstore owner William lives a lonely existence. Emotionally burdened by the tragic loss of his partner and son he now struggles with the monotony of his daily grind and feelings of helplessness. During a lunch break he stumbles across what he believes could be a way to help conquer his crippling emotions and feelings of isolation. Could Williams plan of creating 'mirror' images of his sorely missed loved ones, ultimately provide him with another chance of happiness? Or is his idea doomed from the start? Filmed in Mullumbimby, Myocum and Main Arm.

A still from the short film Speak to Me, winner of the People's Choice Award for Best Short Film at Byron All Shorts 2015.
A still from the short film Speak to Me, winner of the People's Choice Award for Best Short Film at Byron All Shorts 2015.

 

SAE QANTM Creative Media Institute -  JURY AWARD for EMERGING TALENT: LEAVE ME (5:27min)

Dir: Megan Donnelly (Mullum High)

An original music video clip to an original song by Megan Donnelly. This is Megan's first film.

A still from the short film Leave Me by Megan Donnelly, winner of the Jury Award for Emerging Talent at Byron All Shorts 2015.
A still from the short film Leave Me by Megan Donnelly, winner of the Jury Award for Emerging Talent at Byron All Shorts 2015.

 

NORTHERN RIVERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - JURY AWARD for BEST DOCUMENTARY: BEHIND THE MASK- BENNY ZABLE (23min)

Wri/Dir/Prod: David Lowe | Prod: Kezia Geddes

Benny Zable the legendary artist and activist talks about the art behind his activism, from the Franklin to Bentley and beyond.

A still from the short film Behind the Mask  Benny Zable by David Lowe, winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Byron All Shorts 2015.
A still from the short film Behind the Mask Benny Zable by David Lowe, winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Byron All Shorts 2015.

 

iQ, FLiCKERFEST, SAE QANTM & SCCU - SPECIAL MENTIONS by the JURY:

 

1) A DAY IN VRINDAVAN (SAE) (8min)

DoP: Filip Cargonja, Kuva Zakheim / Editor: Hilary Hladini Zakheim / Prod: Bhava Films

Journey to the sacred land of Bhakti, the village of Vrindavan, through this film-meditation. Experience the simple and devoted lives of the villagers from morning till night, and be inspired by the majesty of the land around them.

A still from the short film A Day in Vrindavan.
A still from the short film A Day in Vrindavan.

 

2) MEMORIES OF SARAJEVO (5:37min)

Dir/Prod: Karena Wyn-Moylan

The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege in modern warfare - lasting over three years and slaying over 10,000 people. At the height of the siege two young lovers, Admira and Bosko, Muslim Christian, tried to escape across the one bridge in the city. This is a short photographic history of this event using original war photography set to a soundtrack of an original song by Karena Wyn-Moylan which forms the basis of her radio documentary 'Memories Of Sarajevo: The Myths & The Legends'.

A still from the short film Memories of Sarajevo.
A still from the short film Memories of Sarajevo.

 

3) GENTLY BENTLY (4min)

Wri/Dir/Prod: David Lowe

A music video for Luke Vassella's anthem for the Bentley blockade, featuring many heroes of the gasfield-free movement in the Northern Rivers.

A still from the short film Gently Bentley.
A still from the short film Gently Bentley.

A total of 19 Byron All Shorts finalists were screened at the Bangalow A&I Hall on Saturday, from a total of 60 entries received this year.