Tasmanian Directors selected for Flickerfest 2015

Tasmanian filmmakers Carmen Falk and Heidi Lee Douglas’ have been selected to screen their short films at Australia’s leading and most respected short film festival – Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival. 

Both directors produced their films through Wide Angle Tasmania’s Raw Nerve initiative, a national film production program funded by Screen Australia that provides first time directors with a unique opportunity to develop a high quality short film.  As part of the program package, directors are provided with script editing assistance, mentoring from established filmmakers, access to production and post-production equipment and a $4000 cash budget.

Carmen Falk’s 6 and a half minute film TITAN is a live-action animated short for children, in which a timid young boy must unleash his inner Titan to stand up to his teenage arch nemisis.   Falk completed post-production on Titan in October this year and it will receive it’s international premiere in Sydney in the Flickerkids programme on Jan 11 before touring Australia.

Heidi Lee Douglas’ short film Little Lamb was developed for Raw Nerve 2012 and after screening internationally and across several states, will have it’s Sydney premiere at Flickerfest.  Little Lamb is an ambitious period piece in which Irish convict Louisa seeks freedom from imprisonment, but escapes to a world that holds even greater danger.  Since completing Little Lamb, Douglas was commissioned to produce her short documentary Defendant 5, recently screened on ABC2 and currently running on iview.

“Raw Nerve has proven to be a highly successful model for helping early career filmmakers gain a foothold in the film industry”, says Abi Binning, General Manager of Wide Angle Tasmania. “ To have two local filmmakers selected for this prestigious festival is a real indicator of the strength of talent and experience of our creatives, crew and cast.  Exposure at a festival such as Flickerfest is incredibly important for raising profile and advancing careers in this industry.”

Wide Angle Tasmania is currently calling for filmmakers to apply for Raw Materials - the development programme for Raw Nerve 2015.  For updates, keep an eye on their website at www.wideangle.org.au