Last night Huni Bolliger received the prestigious Pick of the Crop award at Darwin’s Fist Full of Films Galah Awards Premiere. Huni’s film was selected from more than 50 entries into the Northern Territory’s very own short film festival, Fist Full of Films.
The amazing prize awarded to Huni, courtesy of Tourism NT, is valued up to $10,000 and will give her the opportunity to enter her very own Northern Territory themed film into Tropfest 2008 – the world’s largest short film festival and competition.
Huni’s film titled Love From The See is a bittersweet, melancholy animation about the nature of love and evil in a world prey to darkness and loss. Judges Rolf de Heer and Penelope McDonald described the film as aesthetically beautiful with a strong narrative theme of loss and recovery.
Judge Rolf de Heer commented, ‘Love From The See was a complete and complex short film with interesting content, great visuals, good sound and overall a pleasure to view. Congratulations Huni!’
Penelope McDonald, also a judge added, ‘Huni’s animation stood out as the clear winner through its attention to detail. It tells a story in a stimulating way – with multilayered animated images from artist Winsome Jobling. The soundscape is interesting and adds texture to the images. Thank you to all who entered this year’s competition.’
Rolf de Heer also commented about the particular high standard of entries this year and that interestingly, this year there were significantly more animated movies of a great standard.
A clearly talented film producer, Huni Bolliger when not making films is a teacher at NT Open Education Centre. She entered Fist Full of Films last year and took out an award and also has a film in a major European short film festival later in the year.
The incredible prize package Huni has won was designed to heighten national interest in the Fist Full of Films festival and also provide national exposure to the NT – as the film produced for Tropfest must depict a Territory journey.
Fist Full of Films has been running since 1999 and provides young, accomplished or emerging filmmakers or animators with the opportunity to make a short film, with workshops, forums and network to help access the skills and expertise to get started.