The Mardi Gras Film Festival, presented by Queer Screen, is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year and the calibr of films for their annual short competition, My Queer Career, was higher than ever. Sixteen short films from Australia were in competition this year with the top prize going to Summer Suit, directed and produced by Bec Peniston-Bird. Summer Suit was also recently selected for the 63rd Berlin and Slamdance International Film Festivals.
Metro Screen’s Projects Coordinator, Craig Boreham, presented the inaugural Metro Screen New South Wales Filmmaker Award, a package of $2000 dollars worth of facilities and production support, to the team behind The Road Home, director Denie Pentecost and producers Paul Sullivan and Milena Romanin.
Best Film:Summer Suit – Director/Producer: Bec Peniston-Bird
The Metro Screen NSW Filmmaker Award: The Road Home – Director: Denie Pentecost, Producer: Paul Sullivan and Milena Romanin
The Queer Perspective Award: The Wilding – Director: Grant Scicluna, Producer: Jannine Barnes
Special Mention: Into The Streets – Director: Logan Mucha, Producer: Taylor Litton-Strain
Emerging Talent Award: Continental Drift – Director: Anna Helme, Producer: Ruth Morris
Special Mention: Dear Life – Director: Daniel Monks, Producer: Chris Hogben
Audience Award: Silver Stilletto – Director: Luke Mayze, Producers: Craig Rossiter, Guy Edmonds, Luke Mayze
Other Metro Screen filmmakers in the festival included:
Melissa Anastasi: Treading Water, Metro Screen Breakout funded
Colin Kinchella: Kiss Me Deadly, Metro Screen First Break funded
Tonette Stanford: Milk and Vodka, Metro Screen Jumpstart funded