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Local film showcased at WASA

THE 14th Annual WA Screen Awards will take place from August 24 to 27, culminating in a gala awards presentation night on August 25 at the Astor Cinema in Mt Lawley. The awards recognise the latest crop of WA independent filmmaking, while the new Industry category will reward screen production industry professionals.

At the presentation night, WA’s Young Filmmaker of the Year will be named and awarded $5,000. Emerging filmmakers will also be recognised in a series of genre and craft awards.

Categories include producing, directing, writing, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, drama, documentary, new media, animation and student films (primary and secondary school age).

The opening event on August 24 will feature an exclusive screening of Mallboy by Australian Film, Television and Radio School graduate director Vincent Giarrusso. The film was the only Australian production selected for Cannes this year.

Mr Giarrusso, who is best known for his musical career with his band undergroundLOVERS, currently has a sitcom and a second feature film in development.

Festival screenings will take place on August 26 and 27 at the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle.

The weekend will also feature workshops, seminars and appearances by special guest filmmakers including James Bogle (In The Winter Dark) and Brad Hayward (Occasional Course Language). Actor Barry Otto (Cosi, Oscar and Lucinda, Bliss) will be present at all WASA events.

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