The 2017 Port Shorts Film Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and audiences with more than 700 people enthralled by some of the most impressive short films on the planet over two massive nights of entertainment under the stars.
Eighteen-year-old Perth wonderkid Radheya Jedatheva brought the crowd to their feet with his powerful animation detailing the intrusion of digital technology told from the perspective of a phone, iRony.
Organisers awarded the Port Shorts Jury Prize to Melbourne-based filmmakers Frank Magree and Paul Henri for their stunning portrayal of a drifter caught up in a Bali drug deal, Sengatan.
Port Douglas adrenaline junkie James Fry was a popular winner of the Port Shorts Open Filmmaker Awards with his epic documentary Uberflieger showing what can happen when a BASE jump in the Swiss Alps goes wrong.
In the Port Shorts Young Filmmakers Award on Friday night, Mossman State High School student Jake Girgenti impressed the judges with his short film Oswin which tells the story of an American prisoner of war who escapes his Japanese captors into the jungle.
Judges couldn’t separate the joint winners of the inaugural Port Shorts Music Video Award on Friday night, with local filmmaker Paul Sinkovich and musician Frank Frikker sharing the honours with their hilarious The Leafblower Anthem with Melbourne maestro Natalie James’ magnificent Fires.
Shannonvale teenager Raine Ward’s beautiful interpretation of the Amy Shark hit Adore won the audience’s Shout Out Award on Friday night, with festival favourite Hayden Bevis winning his second People’s Choice award on Saturday night for his tree-climbing documentary Ant.
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