Brietta Hague’s Baltasar continues to impress on the festival circuit, named Best Short Film at this year’s St Kilda Film Festival Awards.
The Spanish-Australian co-production about a Senegalese man’s diligent attempts to make ends meet in a new land took home the cash prize of $10,000 on Sunday, with Hague also winning Best Director and Best Achievement in Screenplay.
Elsewhere, Olivia Martin-McGuire’s Freedom Swimmer was given this year’s Craft Award, receiving a $2,000 cash prize. Produced by Brooke Silcox and Ron Dyens, the hybrid, poetic documentary tells the story of a grandfather’s swim from China to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution.
The Better Angels, directed by Michael Cusack and produced by Richard Chataway, was awarded Best Animation, winning a one-on-one masterclass with one of JMC’s industry specialist lecturers, while Rowan Pullen and Stephen Potter’s Bunker: The Last Fleet took out Best Achievement in Indigenous Filmmaking.
The judging panel for this year’s awards consisted of Emma Bortignon, Johanna Kelly, and Pauline Clague.
Bortignon said it was an “absolute pleasure” to help determine this year’s winners.
”Listening, watching and experiencing the entries was thrilling, and we had loads of excellent discussions while drilling down to the winners”.
Now in its 39th year, the St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF) returned to the big screen in 2022, running from May 27 to June 5 with a program of music videos, gaming, and immersive forms.
Festival director Richard Sowada paid tribute to all the filmmakers involved in this year’s event.
“It takes a lot of heart and passion to put your ideas into the public arena, and we acknowledge the trust they put in us to look after their hard work,” he said.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Original Score
Winner: Jackson Mico Milas (Giants)
Best Achievement in Sound Post-Production
Winner: Samuel Rodwell (Inferno)
Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: Raymond Evans (Mars)
Best Achievement in Screenplay
Winner: Brietta Hague (Baltasar)
Best Achievement in Indigenous Filmmaking
Winner: Bunker: The Last Fleet
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: Kieran Fowler (Giants)
Best Young Actor
Winner: Ingrid Torelli (The Mirror)
Winner: Yael Stone and Emily Barclay (You and Me Before and After)