After the incredible success of Film by the Sea (FBTS) Festival for primary schools, this year, the highly acclaimed festival was opened for Sydney region high schools for the very first time. The special motif for this year was ‘water’ and any film type (animation, Claymation, digital story, documentary, music video etc.) was eligible to enter. Gymea Technology High School’s students’ proudly participated along with students from Cronulla High School, Endeavour High School, Heathcote High School, Menai High School, Caringbah High School, Port Hacking High School and Ambarvale High School.
Out of a selection of 20 short films by gifted filmmakers across the region, the FBTS first prize was awarded to the short film “Reflection” written and directed by Eros Kannis from Gymea Technology High School and Jess Manoussakis from Endeavour High School. These talented boys have won a cinematography scholarship to attend the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) courtesy of AFTRS & FBTS founding committee.
On Wednesday, there was a special matinee screening of the accepted short films at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre. Along with our prize winning short film “Reflection”, there were 5 other brilliant entries from Gymea Technology High School students. These were:
Darth Vader vs My Little Pony by Mado & Carmen (Year 11)
Downfall by James, Kale & KC (Year 11)
How to Survive by Jack, Henry & Liam (Year 9)
Leaky Roof by Griff, Connor & Harrison (Year 9)
Power Out by Ava & Jessica (Year 9)
GTHS is very proud of these amazing and talented young filmmakers and we cannot wait to be part of this prestigious festival next year.