Our 8th WEFF was a fantastic celebration of short film and community vibes. Our pop up venue Rumpus Cinema welcomed almost 700 people for 2 sessions of 21 Australian shorts.
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers who made the event happen on a beautiful Brisbane winter eve.
And congratulations to our Award winners for 2016!
Stay tuned for photographs coming soon...
Elly :: Best Film - Community
(As voted for by West End community representatives on the WEFF judging panel)
Award accepted by Lachlan Linton-Keane
Tom, a teenager on the brink of manhood, grapples with grief following his sister Elly’s death. As his fractured family mourns, Tom embarks upon a journey to purge himself of his guilt and understand the significance of their relationship. Will, Tom’s father, is tortured by the loss of his beloved daughter and his relationship with Tom deteriorates. Tom must reconcile with both his father and himself before he can hope to heal.
Award presented by Grill'd West End
Colours :: Best Music Video
Project Montreal // Colours 3:39
Shot across many locations in Brisbane, consisting of over 6000 images. Using a Canon 5D3 with a 24-105mm lens, a tripod. Composited in After Effects and most work done in FCPX.
Award presented by BCC Gabba Ward Councillor Jonathon Sri
Pearl Eatts :: Indigenous Talent Award
For the film Kirrendirri (Producer)
In the late 1800's murder and mayhem ruled in frontier Australia. On a property called Bladensburg outside of Winton several hundred locals were murdered and the bodies were burnt and pushed into a deep waterhole. The place is now called Skull Hole. Joslin and Pearl Eatts share their ancestors story.
Award presented by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad
Jack & Jill :: Best Film - Industry
(As voted for by film industry representatives on the WEFF judging panel)
Award accepted by Kate Paul
A modern adaptation of the beloved nursery rhyme, Jack + Jill is an examination of a unique psychiatric syndrome shared between two people, ‘folie à deux’, a psychosis intrinsically linked to unhealthy partnerships. Through a symbolic observation of the real life effects of toxic relationships, the film aims to explore why Jill came tumbling after. The film ultimately asks the question is it love or is it madness? Or, are the two inevitable?
Award presented by QUT Creative Industries
Benjamin Goes to A Swingers' Party :: Best Animation
Award accepted by Declan Byrne
Benjamin has just arrived at his first swingers' party but – after eagerly stripping off – has discovered he's not allowed in without a partner. Determined not to go home alone and unsatisfied, our hero sets out to find a mate.
Award presented by Griffith University Film School
Anchor :: Best Cinematography
Award accepted by Ainsley Pettitt
A depressed teenage boy is admitted into a psychiatric unit where he struggles to come to terms with his illness and stop ignoring the fact that he needs help.
Award presented by Australian Cinematographers Society & Lemac
Jack & Jill ::ACS Special Mention - Cinematography
Award presented to Declan Byrne
Award presented by Australian Cinematographers Society
The Bus Knight :: Audience Award Session 1
Award presented to XX
A mysterious stranger saves an inner-city bus ride from the tyranny of a bogan hijacking.
Award presented by Avid Reader
Gubbament Man :: Audience Award Session 2
Award presented to Tristan Savage
Frederick Alford, a forty-five year old Indigenous man working for the Australian Department of Discrimination Prevention, is in the middle of an interview with a documentary film crew. When his teenage daughter Kyeema shows up at the office, he is only too keen to get her involved.
Award presented by Avid Reader