FTI are pleased to announce entries for the 27th WA Screen Awards (WASAs) are now open.
Entries are invited from West Australian filmmakers and game developers across 33 categories and will close at 5pm on Monday 20 April.
Nominees will be announced at a function in late May and the 27th WASAs will be held on Monday 29 June 2015 at the prestigious Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Winners will once again receive the beautiful custom-made Geoffrey Drake-Brockman trophy, unveiled last year, and a cash prize of $5000 will once again be awarded to the Young Filmmaker of the Year.
“Not only did winning the Young Filmmaker of the Year Award provide the support of an incredibly generous cash prize (which is hugely appreciated for independent filmmakers like myself), but by recognising my work it also gave recognition to the many incredible artists who have worked with me to create our films,” said Daniel Monks, Winner, 2014 Young Filmmaker of the Year. “As an independent filmmaker navigating a sometimes treacherous profession, an award like this is rare and valuable.”
In 2014, FTI attracted 448 entries from 172 nominees across 143 screen projects, and are expecting to break this record in 2015 with the success of WA films over the past year.
The last 12 months have been huge for WA film with features such as These Final Hours (Nathan Phillips, Jessica De Gouw), Kill Me Three Times (Simon Pegg, Luke Hemsworth), Son Of A Gun (Euan McGregor) and Paper Planes (Sam Worthington) all possible contenders.
The 2015 red carpet event will feature VIP guests, world-class service, delicious canapés and premium beverages. Over 500 film industry leaders, Western Australian screen practitioners, media, sponsors and government officials will come together to celebrate the very best in West Australian screen production.
The WASAs is the premier celebration of West Australian screen culture, celebrating excellence and achievements in feature film, short film, web series, music videos, television production, documentary and games.
The WASAs are an FTI initiative held to enhance the vibrancy of the WA screen sector through increasing awareness of WA screen arts and connecting screen practitioners of all disciplines and career stages.
“Recognising and celebrating excellence in the local screen sector is the main focus of the WASAs, and as the profile of the event grows, we are seeing that bringing attention to the practitioners who are driving that excellence brings with it opportunities to further their careers,” said FTI CEO Paul Bodlovich.
FTI enhances the vibrancy of the WA Screen Sector by providing skills and career development, facilitating professional networking opportunities, and production development and support. The WASAs connect audiences with WA screen content and WA screen practitioners with each other.
The 27th Annual WASAs are presented in conjunction with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival (2-12 July 2015).
Entry to the WASAs is through FTI’s online portal at http://www.fti.asn.au/watch/wasa
FTI gratefully acknowledges the support of our core funders ScreenWest and Screen Australia.