Goonellabah Public School Year 6 students Georgia Knight,11 and Dylan Butcher,12 won an award for Best Original Soulful Short Movie at a ceremony in the Star Court Theatre. The golden shoes were very symbolic in their film.
Goonellabah Public School Year 6 students Georgia Knight,11 and Dylan Butcher,12 won an award for Best Original Soulful Short Movie at a ceremony in the Star Court Theatre. The golden shoes were very symbolic in their film. Jacklyn Wagner

Lucinda Film Awards shines

THE glitz and glamour of the Oscars was ignored yesterday as Northern Rivers schools converged on Lismore to take part in the Lucinda Film Awards at the Star Court Theatre.

Named the Lucindas, after the movie Oscar and Lucinda, hundreds of school children ignored the pomp and circumstance of film awards attire and instead rocked up in their school uniform.

The Lucindas was no black-tie event; indeed, there was no red carpet, B-list celebrities or paparazzi, except for a lone Northern Star photographer.

Eleven schools took part in the short film festival with the movies created by students with a small amount of help by their teachers.

Foot stomping sounding like drum rolls shook the theatre when students from each school jumped up on stage.

“The Lucinda Awards gives children a chance to have fun, and make a film of their own,” organiser Graham Jessup said.

“It lets them experiment with new and exciting things, and hopefully gets them interested in the film industry for the future.”

The competing schools were Goonellabah Public, Byron Bay, Bexhill, Eureka, Doubtful Creek, Goonengerry, Rosebank, Main Arm Upper, Stratheden, Upper Coopers Creek and The Pocket Primary, in a range of categories including Flight of Fantasy, Alluring Allegorical and Survival Saga.

“Every year the program has a different theme; this year we chose ‘light and dark’,” Mr Jessup said.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to challenge the students and represent the use of light in film at the same time. By doing this the students learn how to create different atmospheres and moods, by using different colours and lighting techniques.”

Mr Jessup said this year the schools have stepped up in the music area, with many schools creating and playing their own original music.

He said he looked forward to doing it all again next year, and seeing more talent in the film industry for the future.

For the record, each school took home an award … but there was no after party.



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