Claire Hooper is set to kick off the 26th annual WA Screen Awards in the State Theatre Centre of WA in the stunning Heath Ledger Theatre this Monday 14 July 2014 as a grand finale event to the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
Presented by FTI, the WA Screen Awards (WASAs) is the premier celebration of West Australian screen culture, celebrating excellence and achievements in feature film, short film, web series, music videos, television production, documentary and games.
The 2014 red carpet event will feature VIP guests including Greta Scacchi (Looking for Alibrandi), Nelson Woss (Red Dog), Myles Pollard (Drift), Peter Rowsthorn (Kath & Kim) and Caroline Brazier (Packed to the Rafters), world-class service, delicious canapés and premium beverages.
The 2014 WASAs will also feature brand new, contemporary statuettes for the 29 award winners on the night, designed by renowned Western Australian sculptor, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman.
Over 500 film industry leaders, Western Australian screen practitioners, media, sponsors and government officials will come together to celebrate the very best in West Australian screen production.
FTI received a grand total of 448 entries from 172 entrants across 143 screen projects.
This year’s most-nominated project is FTI-funded short film The Fan directed by Antony Webb, written by and starring Ben Sutton and produced by Emilia Jolakoska, which received a record-breaking 9 nominations. The film celebrated its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortfest in California this month.
ScreenWest 3to1 Pozible-funded short film Factory 293, directed by Roderick MacKay and produced by Justin McArdle received 6 nominations, Wadjemup: Black Prison – White Playground received 5 nominations and ScreenWest 3to1 Pozible-funded short film Tango Underpants, feature film Sororal, short documentary Ngurra Wanggagu, feature documentary Comic Book Heroes and feature film Drift received 4 nominations respectively.
The nominees for the prestigious Central Institute of Technology Young Filmmaker of the Year award for 2014 are producer/editor Jess Black, producer/director Lauren Brunswick, writer/director/producer Hayden Fortescue and writer/director Daniel Monk.
“As well as being an opportunity to celebrate the diverse achievements of the WA Screen Sector, the WASAs are an opportunity for all emerging, aspiring and professional screen artists to come together and connect as a community. FTI congratulates all of this year’s successful nominees and sincerely thanks our tireless judges who had the unenviable task of deciding which projects and individuals were most worthy of recognition.” said CEO of FTI, Paul Bodlovich.
“It’s great to be celebrating and recognising our home grown talent and their achievements in the last year which have been substantial. We’re also pleased to sponsor the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award – which will acknowledge a West Australian who has enhanced the vibrancy of the screen sector via their remarkable careers.” said Chief Executive of ScreenWest, Ian Booth.
Former WASA winners include some of Australia’s most prominent screen artists including Nelson Woss (Red Dog), writer/director Elissa Down (The Black Balloon) and writer/director Zak Hilditch, whose feature film These Final Hours was recently selected for the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival 2014, as well as outstanding young talent including actress Olivia DeJonge, who recently secured her debut lead role in the yet-to-be announced M.Night Shyamalan Hollywood feature film.
FTI enhances the vibrancy of the WA Screen Sector by providing skills and career development, facilitating professional networking opportunities, and production development and support. The WASAs connect audiences with WA screen content and WA screen practitioners with each other.
The 26th annual WASAs are proudly supported by major partner ScreenWest and presented in conjunction with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival (3 – 13 July 2014).