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Young filmmakers in the spotlight

THE creativity of young Tasmanian student filmmakers was showcased at the 2019 MyState Student Film Festival Awards at Hobart’s Theatre Royal, attended by more than 400 attendees from across the state last month.

2019 was another strong year for the festival, with 1,300 students across more than 80 schools submitting almost 300 films.

The festival, now in its 17th year, has seen dramatic growth in recent years with close to 30 per cent of the state’s schools now vying for a piece of the $18,000 prize pool.

Of the 21 Tasmanian award categories on offer, students from Taroona High School took out four awards, including Best Original Score, People’s Choice Award, Best Documentary and Best Film in the Intermediate Category.

Taroona High student Morrow Taplin won both the Best Film in the Intermediate Category and Best Documentary for ‘Death Wish’, a food-based documentary-style film which asked people how they wanted to die.

“I was surprised because there were a lot of great entries, but I’m really happy – it was a great honour,” Morrow said.

“There were a lot of challenges during the process such as trying to animate it convincingly and come up with ways to represent what people were saying because it wasn’t always straight forward.”

Morrow said he wanted to continue being involved in filmmaking and animating projects.

“I like doing experimental stuff, playing around and seeing what looks good,” he said.

“I’ve gotten a lot better at animating and stop motion, and it has helped with my creativity and creating a story with an actual plot.”

Other winners from Hobart included Ben Dixon and Marvin Drake (Hutchins), Amara Gantz and Layne Kullrich (Hobart College), Abigail Blazely and Cleo Clocker (Taroona High School), Sam Jones, Rupert Bullard and Frankie Goodsir (Friends), Carla Di Domenico (St Michael’s Collegiate School), and Daisy Pyefinch, Lena Diddams, Layla Leeds, Imogen Davies and Evie Genaris (Ogilvie).

Landsdowne Crescent Primary School teacher Maria Pace and the Lenah Valley Primary School grade four class also took out awards.

Films can be viewed on the MyState Student Film Festival website at mystatefilmfestival.com.au.

Caption: Taroona High School student Morrow Taplin won two awards at the 2019 MyState Student Film Festival for his documentary titled ‘Death Wish’.

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