Guru: Green Room Short Film Winners

Guru: GreenRoom Short Film Competition Announces Winners

Pardesi, a film directed by Danielle Tinker about two would-be used car salesmen, won first prize at last week’s Guru: GreenRoom Short Film Competition in front of a full house at the Mercury Cinema.

Part of this year’s OzAsia Festival, Guru: GreenRoom Short Film Competition invited emerging young filmmakers to enter a short film inspired by the festival’s Indian theme. Winning film, Pardesi, tells a story of two teenagers, who are hoping to sell their old automobile for an exorbitant price to an Indian gentleman. Their plans are railroaded when this gentleman invites them in for an Indian feast and his family’s generous hospitality is forced upon them. Their crash course in Indian culture changes their perception for the better.

Jacinta Thompson, OzAsia Festival Director and judge, said ‘Pardesi was an incredible film that taught us the value of cultural understanding within Australia, which is what this competition is all about’. Danielle Tinker was awarded a 5D Mark II DSLR camera and $1000 courtesy of ANZ.

Second prize, was awarded to Tom Stewart & Daniel Wilks for Call The Guru a comedy about what to do when disaster strikes. Third prize went to Christopher Hocking and Nick Milde’s contemplation on the passage of time through one’s life, You’re Not A Young Man Anymore. These filmmakers received equipment hire courtesy of the Media Resource Centre and Adelaide Cinémathèque passes courtesy of the Mercury Cinema. Pardesi was also awarded $500 courtesy of GreenRoom for winning the People’s Choice Award. The judges were most impressed with Levi George’s If You’re Here With Me and awarded him an annual Adelaide Cinémathèque pass as a Special Jury Prize.

Amelia Dougherty, GreenRoom Coordinator said “It was excellent to see how different young filmmakers responded to the theme of ‘Guru’ to create some fantastic short films. GreenRoom is all about supporting young people interested in the arts, so we are really excited to be able to provide an opportunity like this for young filmmakers to get creative and have their films screened in front of a large audience during OzAsia Festival.”

Adelaide Festival Centre’s GreenRoom program offers members aged 16-30 access to cheap tickets, workshops and great events. Guru:GreenRoom Short Film Competition was organised by the members of the GreenRoom 2012 Advocacy Program, which offers hands-on experience to emerging arts administrators.

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