Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award Announce

11 May 2016

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival announces the 14 finalists for the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award.

The Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award sponsored by Event Cinemas provides a $5000 cash prize for best screenplay in one of the short fiction films selected for the Sydney Film Festival program. All Australian short fiction films screening at the Festival are eligible, and the winner is announced at the Closing Night Gala on Sunday 19 June at the State Theatre.

“To support the Sydney Film Festival within its award program, to discover emerging talent in the Australian Film Industry is exciting especially in the search for screenwriters,” said Event Cinemas Area General Manager, Anthony Kierann. “We hope the award will help establish and develop talented individuals to advance and present their unique film tapestry on the national and international film scene.”

Winners of all Sydney Film Festival awards are presented with the Festival’s signature mesmeric swirl award, designed and handmade in Sydney by our partners Dinosaur Designs.

The Australian short films eligible for the 2016 Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award are:

  • THE ALBATROSS Australia | 2015 | 7 mins | In English Australian Premiere

Directors, Screenwriters: Alex Jeremy, Joel Best, Alex Karonis | Producer: Deborah Szapiro | Production Company: University of Technology Sydney

  • BLACK CHOOK Australia | 2015 | 11 mins | In English World Premiere

Director: Dylan River

  • THE CROSSING Australia | 2016 | 11 mins | In English | World Premiere

Director, Screenwriter: Marieka Walsh | Producer: Donna Chang | Cast: Colin Friels | Production Company: Studio Balloon

  • EAGLEHAWK Australia | 2016 | 22 mins | In English | World Premiere

Director: Shannon Murphy | Screenwriter: Marisa Nathar | Producer: Jessica Carrera | Cast: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Ryan Corr, Wayne Blair | Production Company: Dollhouse Pictures

  • FRIDA AND DIEGO – THE AUSTRALIAN YEARS Australia | 2016 | 5 mins | In English |World Premiere

Director, Screenwriter: Marion Pilowsky

  • THE MEEK Australia | 2015 | 7 mins | In English

Director, Screenwriter: Joe Brumm | Producer: Laura DiMaio | Cast: Danniella Markovic| Narrator: Myf Warhurst Production Company: Studiojoho

  • MESSiAH Australia | 2016 | 18 mins | In English World Premiere

Director, Screenwriter: Damian Walshe-Howling

  • MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING Australia | 2015 | 10 mins | In English

Director, Screenwriter: Matt Vesely | Producers: Sophie Hyde, Christine Williams | Cast: Tom Ward, Erin James | Production Company: Closer Productions

  • NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN Australia | 2016 | 7 mins | In English and Russian |

World Premiere

Director: Steven Arriagada | Screenwriters: Llewellwyn Michael Bates, Steven Arriagada | Producers: Steven Arriagada, Llewellwyn, Michael Bates, Bryan Chau | Cast: Verity Higgins, Dennis Manahan, Albert Goikhman | Production Company: Diverse Films

  • SLAPPER Australia | 2015 | 15 mins | In English | World Premiere

Director: Luci Schroder | Screenwriters: Luci Schroder, Samuel West | Producers: Luci Schroder, Jason Byrne, Stephanie Westwood, Michael Latham | Cast: Sapphire Blossom, Dylan Peck, Maddy Brady | Production Company: Guilty Content

  • THE SPA Australia | 2015 | 8 mins | In English | World Premiere

Director, Screenwriter: Will Goodfellow | Producer: Lucy Gaffy | Cast: Chris Haywood, Jay Laga’aia, Peter Moalaeua | Production Company: GOONO

  • SPICE SISTERS Australia | 2016 | 15 mins | In English| World Premiere

Director, Screenwriter: Sheila Jayadev

  • WELCOME HOME ALLEN Australia | 2016 | 11 mins | No dialogue | World Premiere

Director, Screenwriter: Andrew Kavanagh | Producer: Ramona Telecican | Cast: John Brumpton, Trevor Major, Jane Bayly | Production Company: Radioactive Gigantism

Films

  • YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING Australia | 2015 | 19 mins | In English | World Premiere

Director, Screenwriter, Producer: Goran Stolevski | Cast: Sachin Joab, Jean Bachoura, Wahibe Moussa