21/4/2005: UNIQUE DOUBLE, PLUS SHORT FOR CANNES
For the first time, two Australian films will be screened as a single program in Un
Certain Regard, the Cannes sidebar focusing on upcoming directors: Jewboy, a 52 minute
short feature by director Tony Krawitz, and Yellow Fella, a 25 minute documentary by
award-winning director Ivan Sen, will screen as one feature-length program. Clara, a short
stop-motion animation by director Van Sowerwine, will screen in the Shorts Competition.
Commenting on the selection of Jewboy and Yellow Fella, AFC Chief Executive Kim Dalton
said: "This is the first time that Official Selection has screened an Australian
short feature and a short documentary together in the prestigious Un Certain Regard
section of the Festival. It is a testament to the talents of the filmmakers as well as a
formidable endorsement of the AFCís development initiatives."
Jewboy, produced by Liz Watts and Libby Sharpe for Porchlight Films, was funded by the
AFC in association with SBS Independent. Yellow Fella, produced by Citt Williams for CAAMA
Productions, was funded by the AFC in association with the Film Finance Corporation
Australia and SBS Independent. Clara, produced by Philippa
Campey for Film Camp, was funded by the Film Victoria Short Film Fund.
"The selection of these films provides international recognition to Tony Krawitz
and Ivan Sen as two of Australiaís foremost directing talents, and introduces Van
Sowerwine as a director to be watched," Kim Dalton said. "The AFC congratulates
all these filmmakers and their teams on this success."
The 2005 Festival marks a return trip to Cannes for writer/director Tony Krawitz, whose
short drama Unit #52 was selected to screen in Directorsí Fortnight in 2003.
Yellow Fella follows on from the success of Ivan Senís feature film Beneath
Clouds, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002 and won the
Premiere First Movie Award in the International Competition section of the Festival.
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