The nominees for the 19th annual South Australian Screen Awards (SASA) have been announced, with the internationally acclaimed Smashed (prod Michael Clarkin, dir Sean Lahiff), topping the nominations. Recently premiering to a full house at the Berlin International Film Festival, Smashed is immersed in the world of adolescence males and told from entirely from their perspective, and has received eight nominations including Best Short Film.
Other nominees for Best Short are Jemima The Fish (prod/dir Lucy Gale), Maurice’s Symphony (prod Andre Gostin, dir Alex Nakone), My Light (prod Carolyn Corkindale, dir Rebecca Duncker) and Spin Out (prod Caroline Man, dir Dylan Coleman).
Set to be one of the most highly contested categories will be Best Music Video, highlighting the very best in South Australian contemporary music and videography, a field which boasts the highest number of award entries ever. Up for the award of Best Music Video at the 2017 South Australian Screen Awards is Wasted Wanderers’ – In Your Fire (prod/dir by Adam Lemmey) and Nakatomi’s – Alive (prod/ dir by Liam Somerville); Liam features twice in the category as his video for Abbey Howett’s – The Mother, is also in contention.
Another highly contested category is Web Series, where 3 of the 4 nominees were made for ABC I-view. They are Almost Midnight (prod. Alex Keay, dir Stephen Banham), Goober (prod Kirsty Stark, dir Brendon Skinner and Simon Williams) and Lost In Pronunciation (prod Julia De Roeper, dir Richard Jasek) which has both also screened on ABC One. The 4th web series is Freemales, made by a young team including writer/dir Stephanie Jaclyn, who recently won a Helpmann Fellowship to spend three months in the UK building her skills and networks.
“This years awards are truly a collection of some amazing and eclectic work,” said Media Resource Director, Gail Kovatseff.
“The depth within the 2017 awards is truly astounding, and the Media Resource Centre and The Mercury Cinema is proud to highlight the states leading young and established film makers. Some of these films and shorts are being celebrated on a global scale and it’s time we celebrated them here in South Australia, where many of these young professionals developed their careers and networks.”
In a first for the SASA’s 2017 will be somewhat of a family affair as the mother and son duo of Carolyn and Maxx Corkindale are competing for awards, though not against each other. Maxx, a highly regarded local cinematographer, has been short-listed for Smashed, while his mother Carolyn, and graduate of The Mercurys Seniors on Screen early boot camp education sessions, is in the running as producer of the Best Short, My Light.
More than $36,000 is up for grabs which includes $12,000 in cash and industry prizes. The largest cash prize is Flinders University’s Best Feature Film valued at $3,000 and the South Australian Film Corporation’s Best Short is valued at $2,500. In another first for the 2017 SASA’s this years awards will also host a $1000 Made in Adelaide Best Web Series award supported by Arts South Australia. Other cash prizes all valued at $1000 are the Carclew ‘s Young Filmmaker Award, the Independent Art Foundation’s Emerging Producer Award and the Art After Dark Best Non Narrative Award, and the Animation award is sponsored for $500 by GU Film House.
As SA’s highest film accolades, the SASA’s exhibit, celebrate, support and promote South Australian talent in the film industry and help local film-makers gain the attention of the established film
The 2017 SASA’s Gala Red Carpet Awards Ceremony will be held at The Mercury Cinema in Adelaide on Friday 12th May 2017 with the Best of SASA Screenings to be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017.