The nominees for the 17th annual South Australian Screen Awards (SASAs) have been announced.
Among the nominees for Best Feature film is the coming-of-age feature film Girl Asleep, which takes a look at the world through the weird and wonderful mind of a teenage girl with great performances by Australians Bethany Whitmore, Eamon Farren, Harrison Feldman, Danielle Catanzariti and Amber McMahon.
Also nominated in the Best Feature category is Rock in a Hard Place, a super-local look at Adelaide’s music scene in the 90’s, and Crew Cut, the story of a low-level crook who takes the boss’s son into the outback for one last job.
There is also strong competition in the Best Short Film category, which includes Everything is Connected, an exploration of Ngarrindjeri art, culture, belonging and survival, and My Little Sumo about Australian girl Daisy who will stop at nothing to achieve her championship quest.
As SA’s highest film accolades, the SASAs exhibit, celebrate, support and promote South Australian talent in the film industry and help local film-makers gain the attention of the established film industry. With 17 categories – including Best Short, Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Music Video – there is more than $20,000 of prizes to be won. Last year’s awards also recognized the contribution of women to the local screen industry, with 65% of all awards going to women (compared to an average of 14% of the Academy Awards).
“The South Australian Screen Awards play a critical role in recognising the best new talent in South Australia’s screen industry,” said Gail Kovatseff, Media Resource Centre Director. “The Awards give the next generation a platform to launch their reputation and careers.”
Winners will be announced at the SASA Gala Awards Night held at the Mercury Cinema on 13 May 2016 and hosted by noted film critic and writer for Guardian Australia, Luke Buckmaster.
Tickets are now on sale through the Media Resource Centre for the Shimmer and Shine themed SASA Gala Awards Night, phone: (08) 8410 0979.
A selection of nominated films will be screened at the Mercury Cinema on May 14 and 15, providing as great opportunity to support and see SA shorts and features on the big screen. Check the Mercury Cinema’s website for details and session times.