La Trobe reaches IPAF ATOM Awards finals

We are very proud to report that two films produced with La Trobe assistance have been shortlisted as finalist films in the 2013 IPAF ATOM Awards.

The short documentary Lovely Little Things has been selected as one of four finalist films in the Best Tertiary Documentary category.

One of the filmmakers said,'making it this far and getting that kind of recognition is basically a win for us already. I never expected it (the film) to potentially beat out RMIT and VCA!'

Lovely Little Things, made by students Christine Knight, Andrew Cuce and Timothy Ratcliffe, was produced through the Documentary and Production subject in Media: Screen and Sound.

Lovely Little Things is a 10 minute documentary film that explores how humble memories can shape life in a subtle, yet distinct way.

3rd year Media: Screen and Sound students can choose to undertake the subject Documentary and Production as an elective to their Media degree. One aspect of this subject requires the students to work in small creative collaborative teams to devise, pitch, shoot, edit and complete a short documentary film (10 minute maximum) within a 12 week semester. The intended audience for the documentary films produced through this subject are possible inclusion in the factual series REAL, also produced through Media: Screen + Sound at La Trobe University for community television C31.

The other film to be selected is media lecturer, Angie Black's short experimental film, disnature. The film has been shortlisted in the ATOM awards category for Best Experimental short film.

Angie Black was an invited participant in the Centre for Creative Arts project entitled 'Nature in the Dark', which is a joint venture between conservationists and artists who used the same photographic material being gathered to profile mammals' response to fire to very different ends.

Disnature is one of the ten invited artistic video projects made in response to the research exploring the effects of fire on native animals using the still images captured. Disnature investigates emotional responses, through movement, of native animals engulfed by smoke, disoriented and confused, trapped in a dystopian landscape, surviving the carnage after the fire.

Disnature is a short 2.30 minute film produced by Black Eye Films in association with our Centre for Creative Arts, and the Victorian National Parks Association.
We are very proud of the filmmakers' achievements and wish them all the very best of luck at the 2013 IPAF ATOM Awards Night on Thursday 28 of November.

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