Arts and Design

Student filmmakers announced as finalists in national award

Member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles at The Essington School with 5 year old star Tara Thomson. Image supplied by the NT Government

The Member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles is urging Territorians to get behind the Territory finalists in the 2017 Focus on Ability Short Film Awards.

“It’s great to see two Territory schools selected as finalists in these prestigious awards – and I am of course particularly proud to see students from my Nightcliff electorate representing the Territory at a national level,” she said.

“In the School Documentary Category – Nightcliff’s The Essington School has been announced a finalist for their production called Tara.

“The documentary showcases the many talents, gifts and the abundant personality of a five year old student from the Nightcliff school community.

“Students at Darwin High School have also been named finalists in the separate category of School Short Film.

“Organisers say these were strong productions that stood out across the field of more than 209 entries.

“Every Territorian is entitled to control over their lives and to live in safe and vibrant communities and these awards encourage film makers to focus on the ability of people living with a disability. The result is more than 200 films that share stories celebrating diversity- and those messages will now be shared around the world.

“I encourage all Territorians to get behind these students in a practical way – by casting their vote.

“Many of the entrants are from much larger communities interstate and even overseas and we have to make sure we show our students as much support as we can.

“Voting has opened and will run until Monday the 7th August 2017.”

The winners are in line for a share in more than $140,000 in cash prizes and will be celebrated at a red carpet gala event in Sydney on September 6 2017.

Source: NT Government

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