THE creativity of young Tasmanian student filmmakers was showcased at the 2019 MyState Student Film Festival Awards at Hobart’s Theatre Royal, attended by more than 400 attendees from across the state in early December.
2019 was another strong year for the festival, with 1,300 students across more than 80 schools submitting almost 300 films.
The festival, now in its 17th year, has seen dramatic growth in recent years with close to 30 per cent of the state’s schools now vying for a piece of the $18,000 prize pool.
Of the 21 Tasmanian award categories on offer, students from Taroona High School took out four awards including Best Original Score, People’s Choice Award, Best Documentary and Best Film in the Intermediate Category.
Both Best Film in the Intermediate Category and Best Documentary went to Taroona High student Morrow Taplin for the creation of ‘Death Wish’, a food-based documentary-style film which asks people how they want to die.
From the northern suburbs, Rosetta Primary School student George Archer took out the award for Most Engaging Talent – Junior and one of the school’s grade four classes won Best Film – Junior (Kinder – Year 4) for the film titled ‘George and the Mushroom People’.
MyState’s general manager banking Tony MacRae praised Tasmanian students for their talent and reiterated the importance of embracing digital literacy at school.
“There is a growing requirement for students to be educated in digital literacy,” he said.
“Teachers are embracing media arts and other technologies within the school curriculum.”
Mr MacRae recognised that exploration of digital literacy through filmmaking gave students the opportunity to create and communicate their view of the world.
Films can be viewed on the MyState Student Film Festival website at mystatefilmfestival.com.au.
Caption: Rosetta Primary School students at the 2019 MyState Student Film Festival Awards.