WINNER: Citizen to Activist, the wiining film, was a light-hearted exploration of how and why people become activists.
WINNER: Citizen to Activist, the wiining film, was a light-hearted exploration of how and why people become activists.

Animated guide to activism wins Byron All Shorts

CITIZEN To Activist, an animated film by David Lowe and Eve Jeffrey, won the Jury Award for best Short Film at this weekend's Byron All Shorts.

The competition, part of the local stop of the Flickerfest Tour 2016, received over 60 local entries, with 19 films screened on Saturday as finalists.

Citizen to Activist was announced as a "not-so-serious look at the journey from citizen to activist" and it shows a cartoonist drawing images of the process of becoming an activist in a comedic tone.

This is the second year that an animation wins the event, after animated short Condom by Sheldon Lieberman won the same accolade last year.

People's choice

The People's Choice Award this year went to Seymour, The Cross-Dressing Wolfe, by Nimbin's Leif Lyall.

 

FLICK: An image from Seymour, The Cross Dressing Wolf (2015).
FLICK: An image from Seymour, The Cross Dressing Wolf (2015). Contributed

The comedy film portrays the adventures of Seymour, the wolf, when he becomes the wolf wearing sheep's clothing.

Mr Lyall and his pack of musicians entertained the crowds with some lively music and some howling, adding an extra layer to an already engaging entry.

 

 

Pirates, a cross dressing wolf and seven deadly ninja sheep were only some of the elements of this crowd-pleaser.

 

STOP-MOTION: An image from Painted (2014), a film by Mullumbimby's Elvis Schmoulianoff.
STOP-MOTION: An image from Painted (2014), a film by Mullumbimby's Elvis Schmoulianoff. Contributed

Another animation that was popular among audiences was People Choice's runner-Up film Painted, by Elvis Schmoulianoff.

Painted was "an adventure in stop-motion body art where the paint is alive and tells the story".

Another trend in this year's selection was, unsurprisingly, films about the ocean.

High School

 

YOUTH: An image from the film Return by Ballina High student Jayden Morrison.
YOUTH: An image from the film Return by Ballina High student Jayden Morrison. Contributed

The Jury Award for Best High School Short Film went to Return, by Ballina High student Jayden Morrison.

In under five minutes, Morrison offered "a short look into the endless return to the ocean".

Emerging talent

The Jury Award for Emerging Talent went to Suffolk Park resident Daruis Devas, who offred two interconnected films that supported each other.

 

BARREL: High resolution images of the sea were used in Within, by Darius Devas.
BARREL: High resolution images of the sea were used in Within, by Darius Devas.

The first film was Creating Within. In this first short, Darius and his lifelong friend, Luke Morgan, go on a surfing pilgrimage to remote parts of the South Australian coastline.

The trip marked the tenth anniversary of their 'third musketeer' Billy Whitton's death.

This film explains the motivation behind the film Within.

Within, the second film by Mr Dervas, is an impressionistic exploration of the ocean that creates the space to linger, in vivid vibrant detail, dwelling on water in movement, flowing through the majestic folds of nature.

The film used a TS3Cine camera to record 720 frames per second for high-resolution images, offering a slow-motion insight of the experience of surfing the ocean.

The film's narration, spoken by Guy Pearce, is a simple, haiku like tribute to nature and the interconnection of life.

Judges

The Byron All Shorts programme screened on Saturday at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, as part of Flickerfest Byron Bay.

The competition was judged by Australian actor and activist Tony Barry, award-winning Indigenous writer, director and actor Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Redfern Now) and local producer Lois Randall (East Of Everything, Gods Of Wheat Street, Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble).



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