Six short films from UTS to feature in new ABC series

27 February 2017

Get the popcorn ready! Six short films by UTS alumni have been featured in the ABC’s newest film festival screening this March.

ABC Arts has selected six short films made by UTS Media Arts and Production alumni to feature in its new Grad Season 2017 series, showing on the broadcaster’s ABC iView platform this month.

A still from Selena Shannon's short animation Wildwood

A still from Selena Shannon's short animation Wildwood

The series has been developed to showcase the ‘best original short film projects’ from recent Australian film graduates and features 28 films from 9 Australian film schools, including a variety of documentary, drama, comedy and animations.

UTS achieved more films on the list than any other institution, including the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), with three and four films respectively.

“The inclusion of the final year work from our students in Grad Season is testament not only to the talent and imagination of our students past and present but also to the enormous hard work and ingenuity they pour into the capstone project of the degree,” said senior Media Arts and Production (MAP) lecturer Dr Chris Caines.

“The close creative collaborations the students form while in the program finds final expression in these extraordinary projects and the work they often continue to do together for many years after graduating,” he said.

Grad Season 2017 is part of an ABC initiative to foster and develop the talents of emerging filmmakers and is the first of its kind in the country.

For UTS MAP graduate Selena Shannon, whose animated film Wildwood, about a young woman escaping her grey industrialised life to bring pieces of the forest back to the city, is one of featured shorts – success was unexpected but definitely earned.

Making the three minute and 55 second film took “about six to eight hours every day, for three months,” Shannon said.

“So to see it go on and be recognised in a few places and win awards [including a UTS Golden Eye Award] and go on the ABC, that reaffirmed to me that doing something exciting, doing something that you care about, doing something that's different and takes risks can pay off and actually be a really good investment in your career, and yourself.”

The five other alumni films featured in Grad Season 2017 are:

  • Pirlo, by Jordan Kirk (Bachelor of Arts in Communications – Media Arts & Production, 2014)
    A young misfit finds comfort in colouring the world one animal at a time.
  • Nineteen, by Madeline Kelly (Bachelor of Arts in Communications – Media Arts & Production, 2014)
    After Blake accepts that he is not invincible, his sister helps him to experience something he has always longed for.
  • Stan Franklin, by Laura Touman (Bachelor of Arts in Communications – Media Arts & Production, 2016)
    Employed as a professional 'shusher' at the local picture house, Stan Franklin serves to restore silence to the silver screen.
  • Dream Reel, by Sam Barnes (Bachelor of Arts in Communications – Media Arts & Production, 2016)
    Three individuals ponder the meanings and purposes of their most memorable dreams.
  • Tay Man, by 2016 Tropfest finalist Angela McCormack (Bachelor of Arts in Communications - Media Arts & Production Bachelor of Arts International Studies, 2016)
    Three middle-aged men bond over their shared, forbidden obsession: Taylor Swift.

Planning on staying in for your own movie marathon? Catch all the shorts on iView till 22 March.

Story by Olivia Stanley

Want to know more about Media Arts and Production at UTS?

For information on the Media Arts and Production courses at UTS, visit the program info page. Future students considering an undergraduate degree at UTS can attend the UTS Open Day in August, or attend the Media Arts and Production Postgraduate Information Evening on Thursday 27 April (6–7pm).