Audiences were treated to some home-grown films on the weekend at the Byron All Shorts as part of the Mullum edition of the annual Flickerfest tour.
All Shorts was a highlight of the Mullum Flickerfest weekend screening for the 15th year with the best of Northern Rivers short films featured on Saturday afternoon.
Byron All Shorts 2020 saw 12 local finalists chosen from over 50 entries from across the Northern Rivers region, competing for hotly contested prizes that recognise excellence in short filmmaking.
With the finalist filmmakers present to introduce their films to the enthusiastic crowd. The awards were presented at the Mullum Civic Centre after the screening.
The Byron All Shorts Film Festival competition was judged by an esteemed jury of film practitioners including writer/director/producer Poppy Walker, Senior Lecturer of Film at SAE Institute Byron Bay Russell Burton and Louise Hodgson is on the Screenworks team.
The winners of the event were:
iQ & FLiCKERFEST – Jury Award for Best Short Film Home’ – Wri/Dir/Prod: Jahvis Loveday and Joy Ben Hur
The SAE Creative Media Institute – Jury Award for Emerging Talent Roulette – Wri/Dir/Prod: Bella Kronberger and Freya Berentsen
Southern Cross Credit Union – Audience Award for Best Short Film Wine Lake’ – Wri/Prod/Lead Actress: Ailís Logan – Dir/Prod: Platon Theodoris
Jahvis Loveday, who is currently starting his second year at SAE in Melbourne, said the win was a really special because of where the festival was held. ‘Not only did we win out of all these amazing other films, that no questions asked also deserved to win, but we also won where our home is.
‘It felt so special to show my family, friends and community the love and connection I feel to all of them through this story.
‘I felt proud to represent our home up on stage receiving that award.
Loveday said that they didn’t expect to win after seeing all those other films that night. ‘Joy and I were in the middle of a conversation as they were calling out the awards for People’s Choice, then Emerging Talent, and finally the Jury Award for Best Short Film.
‘We didn’t hear our names get called out, my friend had to stop us mid convo and be like “you guys won, quick get up”!’
‘Receiving awards and praise for our work, in a crazy hard, competitive industry just motivates me beyond what my body can handle to get out there and do as much as I can with film’.