Students Finalists in Sony Tropfest for the Second Year Running
The International Film School Sydney proudly announces the selection of its students to the final of Tropfest for the second year running. This year director Jayne Montague follows in the steps of last year's directing student Juliet Lamont whose poignant film BURST won second prize, before going on to the prestigious Tribeca and Telluride film festivals. Head of School Duncan Thompson (Artistic Director of Aurora): "The result is a testament to the prestige of our school."
Opened in August 2005 as a fresh alternative to AFTRS and the VCA, The International Film School Sydney positions itself as a school of artistic excellence.
Head of School Duncan Thompson brings to the school an inspiring mix of zealous verve and industry experience. A heady mixture that ignites inspired outpourings from its growing number of exceptional students.
Thompson says: "We offer an alternative to the weary state of AFTRS, and the fast turnover crew apprenticeship of Sydney's other private film schools. Our school is for writers, directors, and producers -- the creative hub of filmmaking."
With a philosophy that stresses "excellence or nothing," the school focuses on developing vibrant, distinctive creative voices with an empowering understanding of the international independent film economy.
As former Australasian head of acquisitions at Celluloid Dreams, Michael Wrenn has said: "The International Film School Sydney teaches you things that practicing filmmakers wish they'd learnt at film school."
In November 2003, Thompson created the SPAAmart Feature Finance Market -- funded by the Australian Film Commission and The New Zealand Film Commission -- operating under the aegis of the Screen Producers Association of Australia.
This contact with international financiers, and those that provide adviser duties at the Aurora Script Development Workshop, allows Thompson to invest both a sense of heady realism, plus the inspired understanding of excellence he has gained from working with such film industry luminaries as Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion, John Sayles and John Collee.
"We develop filmmakers who are going to make a difference. STILL is a testament to that. Director Jayne Montague, writer Nick Thompson and producer Valentina Forno have created a film that stands out from the crowd."
"We have a saying at this school: Your job is not to tell us stories, your job is to use stories to take us somewhere."
STILL will take you somewhere else.
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