Filmmakers scoop Hollywood prize

August 25, 2010

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Murdoch University filmmakers have won the Best International Short Film at the 6th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival in Hollywood.

Ronan’s Escape stood out among more than 200 submissions from 16 countries.

Shot in rural Western Australia, the film follows 14-year-old social outcast and bullying victim, Ronan, during a day at school.

The 15-minute film watched by thousands of attendees at the Hollywood festival was produced by Murdoch media alumnus Brad Major and used local cast and crew, including about 15 Murdoch staff, students and graduates.

Perth-born writer/producer/director A.J. Carter told Murdoch Independent it was important to bring projects back to his hometown to develop and showcase the skills of local filmmakers.

“It was a great opportunity to afford young local filmmakers the chance to be involved in a real film shoot, to get their hands on real film equipment and to work with industry professionals,” he said from Los Angeles.

“It is not a common occurrence, especially in WA, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of Murdoch University.”
On winning the award, Mr Carter said the challenge of Ronan’s Escape was filming in some of the most remote places in the world.

“I am so proud of our entire cast and crew and what they have achieved and I am privileged and honoured to be able to walk the red carpet in Hollywood,” he said.

Mr Carter, now based in the US, said he has several projects in development which he hopes to shoot in WA.

This latest success follows previous wins including Best Short Film (Director’s Choice) at the Sedona International Film Festival and an Honourable Mention and Best Production Design at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Ronan’s Escape also has been an Official Selection in Byron Bay International Film Festival, Los Angeles United Film Festival, and San Francisco United Film Festival.

- by Murdoch Independent student journalist Kristy Symonds

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