VMC Film Festival winners

14 June 2018

Five impressive short films that explore what multiculturalism means through the lens of everyday stories have won awards at the 2018 VMC Film Festival.

From more than 70 entries, a total of 13 short films hit the big screen for the audience of the second annual VMC Film Festival at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) on Thursday 24 May 2018.

Presented in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology, the festival was attended by several young, talented filmmakers, a range of guests from the film industry, supporters of diversity and sponsors.

Welcoming festival-goers to the event, Commission Chairperson Ms Helen Kapalos said the festival was a timely opportunity to influence narratives around multiculturalism and to support the next generation.

“I am immensely proud of this initiative because it encourages storytellers to use the power of film as a platform to share positive stories of diversity at this time of global debates on the politics of race and immigration,” said Ms Kapalos.

“Our goal for the film festival was to invite the depiction of our multicultural state through the eyes of the torch-bearers ... our youth,” she said.

The diverse themes and empowering perspectives of shortlisted films ranged from discrimination in the screen industry to the cultural bonds between generations, and from a lack of diversity in theatre and beauty standards to the experiences of transgender Aboriginal young people.

Awards were presented by leading filmmakers Sue Maslin, Richard Keddie and Alkinos Tsilimidos to recognise the inspirational work of the following filmmakers:

Under 25 Winner - 'Frizz'. Written, directed and produced by Ivy Mutuku  
Over 25 Winner - 'Brotherboy'. Written, directed and produced by Charlotte de la Fuente
Judges' Award - 'Romeo is Not The Only Fruit: A Documentary'. Directed by Aydin Bozkurt and written and produced by Tiffanie-Jowie Liew
Encouragement Award - 'Outcasting'. Directed by Natalia Chernaya and Vanessa Crouch, written by Natalia Chernaya and Christine Gjelstrup and produced by Natalia Chernaya, Katherine Graham and Christine Gjelstrup 

An audience vote also saw ‘You Know What? I Love You', by Natalie Cunningham, take out the People’s Choice for its tale of family, tradition and the migrant journey.

To continue festival celebrations, all winning films will be screened every hour at a free exhibition in the Theatrette of the Immigration Museum on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018.

Watch the winning films and keep an eye out for shortlisted films on the Cultural Diversity Week website.

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