Introducing the WA Screen Awards Young Filmmaker of the Year nominees

FTI have announced the 2016 nominees for the 28th Annual West Australian Screen Awards (WASAs) Young Filmmaker of the Year award. Briege Whitehead, Jess Black, Hayden Fortescue and Jordon Prince-Wright are all up for the gong.

Briege Whitehead Cinema Australia

Briege Whitehead
Briege is an experienced director and producer, specialising in interactive. She directed two episodes of the Your Call interactive series, is currently directing the interactive design for TV web series Top Knot Detective and directed Shirtfront (nominated for a 2016 WASA Award for Best Interactive Production). Briege is a writer/producer/director at Showrunner Productions, and has worked on reality TV series sold around the world. Briege is currently directing the FTI Oompf! film Crumbs and is in pre-production on a documentary A Crash of Rhinos, which is partially funded through FTI’s Philanthropy Program.

Jess Black Cinema Australia

Jess Black
Jess Black is hard working young producer with an impressive array of credits to her name. She has produced over ten short films including the popular Love in a Disabled Toilet, WASA Best Short Drama-nominated Lola and Luis and Tropfest finalist Revive. Jess has sourced private finance for most of her short films and worked in production and accounting roles on three feature films to expand her knowledge of the production process. Jess was commissioned by the Yirra Yarkin Theatre Company to document their involvement with PIAF on the Giants project in 2015.

Hayden Fortescue Cinema Australia

Hayden Fortescue
Bunbury’s youngest ever TV cameraman/editor, Hayden’s energy and talent has led to many roles in the industry from writing and directing his own shorts and web series (including 2016 WASA-nominee ‘Council’), to producing the feature Broken Contract (to be released in over 50 countries). Hayden’s impressive resume has also seen him take on roles as DP and Associate Producer on the feature Twisted Minds, 3rd AD on The Reckoning and Hard Drive, Production Secretary on Kill Me Three Times and Red Dog: True Blue and in pre-production for Pirates of the Caribbean; Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Location Manager for Looking for Grace and Bad Girl.

Jordon Price-Wright Cinema Australia

Jordon Prince-Wright
Jordon is a director, writer, producer and executive producer, with his own production company, Prince-Wright Productions. His body of work include short films The Toy Maker, La Chienne Francaise, Enmity and Not Their Boots, as well as directing and producing the feature film Red Dirt. In 2014, Jordon was shortlisted for the Australian Young Filmmaker of the Year’ Award. His films have been selected in over 20 film festivals and won many awards both locally and nationally.

The 2016 Young Filmmaker of the Year will be announced at the 28th Annual West Australian Screen Awards at the Heath Ledger Theatre on July 4 2016.

A custom-made Geoffrey Drake-Brockman official WASA trophy and a cash prize of $5000 will once again be awarded to the Young Filmmaker of the Year.

“The value of this award lives within its ability to empower other emerging filmmakers to feel they can achieve their ambitions, because the feat of beginning a career becomes more manageable when we feel someone has tackled it before us. A spotlight of this nature allowed me to meet more people within the film community, feel the enormous support they offer, and remember to whittle the pressures of our aspirations down to a series of steps that we must collectively be brave to undertake,” said Lauren Brunswick, Winner, 2015 Young Filmmaker of the Year. 

The West Australian 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, games and interactive productions.

The WASAs are an FTI initiative held to enhance the vibrancy of the Western Australian screen sector through increasing awareness and connecting screen practitioners of all disciplines and career stages.

The 28th Annual WASAs are proudly supported by major partners ScreenWest and Lotterywest and presented in conjunction with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival (7 – 17 July 2016).

Tickets to the WASA Gala Awards Ceremony on 4 July 2016 are on sale now from

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