Matilda Brown, known for her work on short film series Lessons From the Grave has joined the search for Australia’s next generation of filmmakers as new Ambassador for #SocialShorts.
The search for Australia’s next generation of top filmmaking talent has begun as they go head-to head in AFI | AACTA’s national online short film competition, #SocialShorts, which is supported by some of Australia top filmmakers. icluding Joel and Nash Edgerton, David Michôd, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Luke Doolan, Mirrah Foulkes and Spencer Susser
#SocialShorts attracts more than 24,000 viewers for emerging short filmmakers over three weeks of online viewing and voting by the public. The competition runs across three categories – Comedy, Drama and Open – with each category owning the spotlight for one week exclusively. The winner in each category will receive a cash prize, industry wide recognition, a mentorship with #SocialShorts Ambassadors, as well as tickets to attend the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto/Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post in Sydney, where they will have the opportunity to make new connections and discuss new collaborations with industry leaders.
Matilda Brown has received critical acclaim for her short format series Lets Talk About (available on Presto now), which she wrote, produced and starred in alongside her father, actor Bryan Brown. She spoke about the format. “Short films are a key ingredient of the Australian film industry, but it’s competitive and one of the biggest challenges is having your work seen. #SocialShorts is a great platform for filmmakers to get their work seen, not only by the industry, but by the wider audience, and I’m looking forward to sharing my insights from filmmaking with this year’s winners in my role as an Ambassador. “The networking and collaboration opportunities which come from #SocialShorts are invaluable. This is a record year for #SocialShorts with over 50 short films in the competition, so I’m looking forward to seeing which short films will resonate with the voting audience in such a strong year of competition,” Brown said.
Audiences can vote for their favourite short films in each category on the #SocialShorts website and then share via Facebook, with the winning film for each category to be announced at the start of the following week. The voting audience also has the chance to win a double pass to the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto | Ceremony and After Party held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday 7 December, including flights and overnight accommodation.
For further information on #SocialShorts and to vote, visit the #SocialShorts website and share your favourites on social media. To keep abreast of the competition, follow AACTA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AACTAawards.