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20/9/2001: THE TERMS FIRMS UP SCREENWORKS

Award winning Irish short, The Terms, firms up Manly ScreenWorks’ international nature and sets a high benchmark for this festival (October 22-28), which, like Tropfest, began by courtesy of a local café – in this case Candy’s, at Manly, Sydney’s northern equivalent to Bondi.

Entries close tomorrow (21/9/2001) in this revamped event (previously known as Short Black) which is now a non-profit organisation with the support of Manly Council, the NSW Film & Television Office and several film industry businesses – as well as Urban Cinefile and if magazine.

The Terms, the third international entry after New Zealand’s Street Talk, and Within Walls from the UK, stars award winning young actor Eamonn Owens (The Butcher Boy, Angela’s Ashes, The General) and is directed & co-written by Johnny O’Reilly; a father and son live in a caravan in the middle of nowhere. When the son burns down the caravan, his father decides to kill him in a bizarre and convoluted execution pact. Having agreed to The Terms of the pact, the son plays out his father’s game with unpredictable consequences. (It is also notable for featuring Kongar-ool Ondar, the throat singer from Tuva, Russia.)

The Terms won first prize at the Temple Bar (Dublin) and Terezin (Czech republic) film festivals, and 2nd prize at Lama (Corsica) and Palm Springs (US), and has screened at festivals in Spain, Iceland and Russia.

Other entries range from explorations of sensory overload from city living and rebelling against the daily routine of office work to the comic story of a young man who tries to get in to the best guarded establishment in town – a nightclub.

The judging panel consists of Sandra Hall (film critic, Sydney Morning Herald), Andrew L. Urban & Louise Keller (editor and deputy editor, Urban Cinefile), Bec Smith (editor, if magazine), Richard Rasdall, (Managing Director, Rash Post Production), Michael Eldred (National Programming Co-ordinator, Dendy Cinemas), Josh Pomeranz (Spectrum Films) and Rod Bennett, editor, Time Out, Manly Daily).

Awards and prizes include $2,500 worth of professional studio time in each of two different post production facilities, $1,300 worth of editing software, $500 worth of equipment hire and $1,000 worth of work experience at the Yoram Gross animation studios, among other prizes.

Selected winners will be showcased on Urban Cinefile and their entries netcast in streaming video.

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The Terms

Manly ScreenWorks, October 22 – 28, 2001

Evening screenings Mon – Sat, at North Steyne Surf Pavilion, Manly
Finals & awards, Sunday, at St Patrick’s College, Darley Rd, Manly

Tickets: $10/$8 per day; book by credit card – phone 02 9938 2519

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