Sam Graves, 17, of Nimbin won the 2011 Nimbin Youth Film Competition with his suspense film Family Ties.
Sam Graves, 17, of Nimbin won the 2011 Nimbin Youth Film Competition with his suspense film Family Ties. Megan Kinninment

Student shoots a winning movie

QUENTIN Tarantino move over, there's a new film-maker on the block with a taste for suspense - and he has his eye on Hollywood.

Nimbin's Sam Graves, 17, won the 2011 Nimbin Youth Film Festival with his short film, Family Ties, that had audiences at Nimbin Town Hall on the edge of their seats on Saturday.

The winning film, shot on a small standard-definition pocket camera, was made by the Year 11 Richmond River High student after only two years of film-making practise.

"I've taught myself film making," Sam said. "It's been very DIY."

The best part of making a film, says this budding director, is seeing it all come together at the end.

"I could see myself directing and editing films in the future and I'd love to see myself go to Hollywood," Sam said.

For now Sam will plough his $500 prize money back into his art, buying a much-needed new tripod.

Sam's film was among nine entries created by Nimbin youths and screened at the town hall on Saturday as part of the film competition run by Youth Connections North Coast.

The standard of films in the competition, now in its second year, is improving, said Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, who handed out the awards to the young film makers.

View Sam's film at www.youtube.com/samgravesfilm



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