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Excelsia College student film wins prestigious award at the European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA)


Excelsia College is delighted to announce that Michael McLennan’s short film Standby was awarded the prestigious prize of Best Drama Film at the European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) this month.

This is a remarkable achievement for Excelsia’s Drama School and is the latest in a series of successful short films created by the school. The original script of this film was written by Excelsia College Drama graduate Cathy Friend and the film Standby features three outstanding young actors who are currently completing their degrees at Excelsia; Phoebe Gribble, Esther Williams and Pallavi Warden.

Standby observes the drama leading up to a pivotal performance for one of its characters. The action is used as a framework to explore important questions such as Who should have the part? Is the best audition the better performer? Should the role go to the one who works harder, or the one that seems right?

Michael McLennan is a Sydney-based filmmaker and teacher. As the former Head of Film of Sydney Film School, he has instructed and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers. The European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) is a monthly film competition for filmmakers worldwide. The judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity, and storytelling ability. They only award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. The judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity, and storytelling ability.


Applications for the Bachelor of Dramatic Art and Bachelor of Screen Production are open for Semester 1, 2021. Got further questions?

Please contact our friendly student advisor Murray Lambert on Murray.Lambert@excelsia.edu.au.

 

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