Aspiring film makers and producers had a taste of movie stardom when their short films were shown on the big screen at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge this week.
The films were the result of a challenge Deakin University put to its students to showcase their film making skills by sharing their University experiences in a three minute movie.
The My Deakin World Short Film Competition was open to all Deakin students, with films submitted under the themes: survival tips for students; favourite Deakin events; a day in the life of a Deakin student.
Nathan Henderson was awarded first place in the pro/guru category for his ‘day in the life’ film that moved through various parts of the Melbourne Burwood Campus to show how university life at Deakin is not just about studying, but about ‘surrounding yourself in an environment that is warm and full of vibrancy’.
Kendall Payne and Napaartoq Isak Petrussen took out first place in the enthusiast category. Their film followed Isak’s life as an exchange student from Denmark, from surfing in Lorne to living on-campus and studying in the newly refurbished library at Burwood.
The people’s choice award went to Hussein Haggag, who also came second in the pro/guru category. Hussein, a computer engineering PhD student, mixed animation with video to show how he takes full advantage of every aspect of life at Deakin and in the wider community, including robotics research, a wide range of sporting activities and volunteering.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to engage our students with the University and to support each other,” said John Devereaux, executive director of Deakin Student Life.
“This film competition encouraged our students to put their own personal spin on their experiences and provide their fellow students with insights into how to get involved in university life.
“It was great to see our students embrace the challenge and come up with diverse and entertaining films.”
The top 10 short films were screened at the My Deakin World Short Film Festival at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Monday 1 September. The films were judged by a panel that included Deakin alumnus and author/screen writer Aaron Sterns, who co-wrote Wolf Creek 2 (Best Screenplay Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival 2014).
Prizes were awarded under the categories of pro/guru, enthusiast and people’s choices (the winners are listed below).
1st prize ($1000): Nathan Henderson
2nd prize ($500): Hussein Haggag
3rd prize ($200): Fathimah Himmah / Lachlan Brown (equal third)
1st prize ($500): Kendall Payne and Napaartoq Isak Petrussen
2nd prize ($200): Rebecca Emmert and Elodie Lee
People’s Choice ($200): Hussein Haggag
(Voted by students and the community)