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Under a star studded sky and a gentle evening breeze locals and visitors gathered to mingle with Australian actors to watch 12 short films at the annual Peninsula Short Film Fest in Rosebud as Debra Mar experiences this momentous occasion.

It was a perfect night with the RPP FM team attending yet another successful evening at the Peninsula Short Film Fest, now in it’s third year, held on the Village Green in Rosebud.

RPP FM program presenters Debra Mar, Jacki Mitchell and Helen Turner mingled with celebrities in the VIP marquee who judged 12 short film finalists projected on a big outdoor screen.

With RPP FM broadcasting 12 hours of live music from the Blues at the Briars Festival, presenter Pete Smedley at the Briars conducted several live crosses to the Short Film Fest simultaneously.

Shane Jacobson was interviewed by RPP FM and said, “When I’m judging a short film I look for a good story, how the film was executed, where it was filmed and the punch line.”

Festival Director and Australian actor Steve Bastoni opened proceedings introducing the 6 judges – Lachy Hulme (Howzatt & Offspring), Kerry Armstrong (Lantana, Bed of Roses & Seachange), Debra Byrne (Fat Tony), Anthony Hayes (Rabbit Proof Fence, The Slap, Animal Kingdom), Jane Hall  (Neighbours) and Shane Jacobson (Kenny) who sat on the panel and judged raw and talented filmmakers, directors, actors and cinematographers.

The verdict was:

1st Prize of $5000 was awarded to short film Kings by Thom Neal presented by Debra Byrne, 2nd prize of $2500 was awarded to short film Makeover by Don Percy presented by Kerry Armstrong and 3rd prize of $1250 was awarded to short film Pint by Nic Barker presented by Anthony Hayes.

Best Cinematography – Kings by Thom Neal
Best Actors – Jackson Tozer & Fiona Norman in Pint
Best Director – Thom Neal in Kings
Best Screenplay – Makeover by Don Percy

An honourable mention went to short film Welcome to Dookie by Justin Evans starring Peter Rosenthal.

Congratulations to all winners and especially to Thom Neal and his film Kings which was a Swinburne University project.

The 12 short films offered a cross section of genres including Humour, Drama, Sci-Fi and Action with emotion, anticipation and poignancy.

Frequented guest and actor Cliff Ellen of RPP FM Arts About! program also starred in a short film called Turtle by Sioban Tuke.

Lachy Hulme announced that the festival is a “truly superb” platform for artistic filmmakers to showcase their talent in front of an audience.

Mornington Peninsula Mayor Cr Antonella Celi also attended the event and said it was a wonderful occasion that added to the diversity of events the Peninsula has to offer.

Steve Bastoni & Festival Producer Meg Pascoe thanked the fantastic judging panel, all the sponsors who made the night possible, the short film entrants and volunteers.

This is a great festival used as a much needed ‘platform’ to support, encourage and promote the rich and raw talent of Australian filmmakers and actors who want to have a go.

The RPP FM team who attended the evening thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are proud to be part of this ever growing and popular festival.

Place the Peninsula Short Film Fest on your social calendar for 2015.


Words and photography Debra Mar

Written by: RPP FM Helper

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