Director Julian Shaw was honoured by the Byron Bay International Film Festival and Sydney International Film School overnight with the prestigious Best Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award. The prize was for his powerful dramatic short Clearing the Air, recently licensed to QANTAS In-Flight Entertainment. Set in a single hotel room overlooking Sydney International Airport, the emotionally charged film captures an exchange between an estranged father and son, played by AFI Winner Marcus Graham and AFI nominee Rhys Wakefield. “Rhys is the heart and soul of the film, obviously James Cameron has seen something in Rhys because he has hand-picked him for the new 3D movie Sanctum. I’d like to think that I beat Mr. Cameron to it.’” Shaw developed the production through Sydney University’s SCA, whilst completing a Master of Film and Digital Image degree. The film’s production was also assisted by Metro Screen, The Lab and New Zealand’s DOCNZ and DIGIPOST. Clearing the Air was co-produced by Jonathon Green and Jeff McDonald, with editing by Frans Vandenburg ASE. For more on Julian Shaw see www.julianshaw.com.au and www.clearingtheair.com.au. Direct contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and 0437 140 717.