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MumLife, a pop musical about post-natal anxiety, has been selected for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in the La Cinef section.
Directed by Ruby Challenger and written by Gerard Dewhurst from a story by Ruby Challenger and Claudia Shepherd – all 2021 AFTRS Master of Arts Screen students – the short film stars Chloe Bayliss, Joe Donovan and Alan Zhu.
La Cinef – previously known as Cinéfondation – was created in 1998 and is devoted to the search for new talent from film schools all over the world. La Cinef forms part of the Official Selection at Cannes and the selected films are presented to La Cinef and the Short Films Competition Jury which awards a prize to the best three at an official ceremony.
MumLife is the only Australian film in competition, and the second world premiere at La Cinef for an AFTRS capstone project, the first being Master of Screen Arts student Eryk Lenartowicz’s Dots in 2018.
“I never dreamed my film would be screening in competition at Cannes,” said Challenger. “Being at AFTRS allowed me to find a tribe of incredibly talented and hardworking filmmakers that made the process intensely gratifying. With MumLife, I hope to reach other women like me and show them that anything is possible.”
Director Ruby Challenger has been on film sets since her first moments out of the hospital as a newborn.
Following her unofficial education in filmmaking, her career in the film industry began in the art and costume departments, which took her all around Australia while she learned the ropes of filmmaking.
Her first short film as producer, writer and director, Daily Bread, played at festivals around Australia and the world and won awards including the St Kilda Film Festival People’s Choice Award. While at AFTRS, she also directed a horror short film, Hyde, which was well-received on the festival circuit.
You can find out more about the screening here.