26 July 2010
Holocaust documentary takes top award
Still from Beyond Explanation.
Still from Little Bird.
Beyond Explanation by Emma Haarburger and Tim Rose has been judged best overall production in this year’s RMIT Student Film Awards. It also won best documentary.
The directors won membership to the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA), a trip to the SPAA conference in Sydney and a $600 prize pack from Open Channel.
The film, which interweaves a compelling interview with a Holocaust survivor with animation and film footage, was described by the judges as “powerful” and “a standout”.
Running for 19 years, the annual Awards recognise the film-making talent of RMIT students. Winners were announced on 21 July at a screening at the Kaleide Theatre.
While category winners were picked by a panel of industry professionals and RMIT staff, the audience also voted on their pick of the evening.
In a selection which included comedy, animation, experimental and documentary, they chose Little Bird, by Jemma Van Loenen, which also picked up the prize for best drama.
Of particular note was the animation category, with a very high overall standard of films. Although there was only one winner, Greedy Boy by Kim Young Ha, special mention was given to two other films – Dead Meat by Marc Lee and The Glub by Ashley Curkpatrick.
The RMIT Student Film Awards are supported by industry partners Open Channel, SPAA, Cinema Nova, Madman Entertainment, Red Hot Shorts, Inside Film, and the Melbourne International Film Festival.