Musical theatre / “Evita”. Director Hal Prince. At Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, until November 3. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA
HOORAY! The 21st annual Canberra Short Film Festival was launched today, making it the longest running short film festival in the region
In response to the development of the film industry since its inception, this year’s festival has seen the introduction of two new categories, animation and music video. There’ll also be a 2-minute film category, allowing films made on phones and tablets to also be showcased, a gesture to the next generation of film makers.
Director John Frohlich says the new categories have been introduced to ensure that the event stays relevant in a changing world. “We want to appeal to a new generation of film makers, as well as a new, younger audience,” he says.
“You only need to look as far as Disney Pixar films like ‘Frozen’ to see the significance of animation to main stream film audiences. It is also a major part of the digital games industry which has a bigger audience than TV in youth markets,” he adds.
The Music Video category is sponsored by the Canberra Musicians a good hook-up, says Frohlich, noting that commercial directors like Spike Lee got their start making music videos.
There wil be eight film categories: International, National, Canberra Made, Documentary, Under 18s, Animation, Music Video and 2 Minute Films.
Last year’s winner of Best Film and five other awards for her short film “Past Imperfect”, Georgina Jenkins, believes the festival has undoubtedly boosted her career. “I was able to work on the Foxtel series, Secret City last year, and I’m currently working on the Dance Academy feature film,” says Georgina. Her short film was also chosen for screening at other film festivals, including the New York City Mental Health Film Festival.
The Canberra Short Film Festival, September 14-18 – Wednesday Sept 14 – Dendy Cinemas – Thursday Sept 15 – Smith’s Alternative – Friday Sept 16 – Tuggeranong Arts Centre – Saturday Sept 17– Smith’s Alternative – Sunday Sept 18– Dendy Cinemas. Bookings to tuggeranongarts.com and smithsalternative.com from today and dendy.com.au from next Thursday Aug 25. Info at csff.com.au