Judging the 2017 ATOM Awards

LCB Producer Judges Best Short Fiction Category at the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards

Lights Camera Business producer Sarah Steel was honoured to be a first-round judge in this year's ATOM Awards for the Best Short Fiction (50 minutes or less) category, alongside Steven Allen, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Winchester, Josh Foss, Filmmaker at Angel Point Media, Tess Van Hemert, Lecturer in Film at JMC Academy, and Bianca Viapiana, Media Teacher at John Fawkner College.

Sarah can confirm that the finalists are all hugely deserving: "It was so great to see such high quality Australian short films in contention, and I can't wait to see who wins," she said. Here are the finalists:

 

BLIGHT

Directed by Perun Bonser

Produced by Ryan Hodgson and Melissa Kelly

Synopsis: Aided by a female Aboriginal tracker, a police constable hunts a band of dangerous criminals on Australia’s western frontier in the early 1900s.

 
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THE BLUE DUCKS

Directed by Ellen Richardson

Produced by Gabrielle McLeod

Synopsis: The Blue Ducks is about Mallory, a teenager who must challenge her younger sister in order to not lose face in front of her friends.

 

MOTHER, CHILD

Directed by Tin Pang

Produced by Tin Pang, Sean O'Reilly and Andrea Bedelis

Synopsis: After a mother suffers a recent stroke, she and her adult son are reacquainted and forced to live together. As they face the physical and psychological challenges head-on, they’re placed on an emotional collision course, leading them to question whether their close proximity is such a good idea.

 
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NOBODY'S CHILD

Directed by CJ Friday

Produced by Jaclyn Hewer and Melissa Kelly

Synopsis: A spirited child searches for the identity of her parents, and comes face-to-face with the imminent loss of her sister.

 

Best of luck to all the finalists!