Arthouse, not in-house

FOR the first time since its inception two years ago the Next Gen Short Film Festival will be open to the public, not just industry types.

“Emerging filmmakers often don’t get to see their short films on a big screen in front of an audience,” organiser Jasmine Leivers says.

Nine films, including comedies, mysteries and sci-fis, will be screened.

Most are around 15 minutes long, but one film is just two: “We threw it in just because it’s funny.”

• A scene from Jakob B Hardy’s Golden Road, which is one of the nominees for best film at this year’s Next Gen Film Festival.

• A scene from Jakob B Hardy’s Golden Road, which is one of the nominees for best film at this year’s Next Gen Film Festival.

Gongs will be handed out in umpteen categories, including actor, cinematography, film and documentary, editing, sound, and screenplay – and there’s also a people’s choice category.

Best animation could be a shoe-in with Radheya Jegatheva’s Journey in the mix.

The Perth Modern student’s film pipped Academy Award- winning Walt Disney director Patrick Osborne at last year’s Port Shorts in Queensland.

Jegatheva was 15 when he made Journey, shot in his bedroom on his dad’s iPhone.

He was screenwriter, animator and editor – and composed and played the soundtrack.

Next Gen is at The Backlot, Perth. Tix at fringeworld.com, but get in quick as they are selling fast.

Also part of Fringe World at Backlot this weekend (February 11–12) is David Bowie’s cult-classic The Man Who Fell to Earth.

by JENNY D’ANGER

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