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Final student film festival winners hit big screen

THE final ever winners of the MyState Bank Student Film Festival have been announced, with the long-running event coming to a close after two decades of supporting aspiring Tasmanian filmmakers.

Finalists in the popular annual competition’s primary school, secondary and university categories showcased their work at Hobart’s Theatre Royal last month, after being shortlisted from almost 300 short films entered by students across Tasmania and around Australia.

More than $20,000 in prizes was awarded across 26 categories.

This year’s panel of judges included high- profile Tasmanians from the worlds of film, television, animation and cinematography, along with Australian Media Hall of Fame cinematographer David Brill and Premier Jeremy Rockliff.

Friends’ School year 10 students Sam Jones and Rupert Bullard won Best Film – High School, Best Cinematography and Best Music Video for their music video, ‘The Ocean’.

“I have been entering films in this competition since I was in year four and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the opportunities it has granted me,” Sam said.

Sam is hoping to have a career in film when he completes his secondary studies in 2024.

“This film festival really inspired me to start film making and now producing films and exploring new concepts is such a big part of my life,” he said.

Film teacher Graham Gates has been involved with the MyState Bank Student Film Festival since its inception in 2002.

“Young students were producing films for their mums, dads and fellow students to see, but nobody else was getting a chance,” he said.

“The past 20 years has been a fantastic opportunity for young, emerging film makers to show the general public their talents.”

Graham said it has been bittersweet celebrating the final iteration of the festival.

“The talent and creativity I have seen in the past 20 years has been phenomenal and I really hope that the festival can continue in some form,” he said.

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