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Students clean up at the Sydney Martini Film Awards

On Tuesday 15th March, students, staff, and friends of JMC Academy gathered at Hoyts Cinema in Broadway shopping centre to celebrate the hard work and talent of the Film and Television students studying at JMC Academy Sydney. 

Over 200 people enjoyed networking and complimentary food and drinks before the screening, all students eager to see their creations on the big screen. With over 30 films nominated in 13 different categories, attendees were keen to see the works and were brimming with anticipation to see who would take out the coveted prizes, Best Short Film and Best Graduate Film.

This year at the Martini Awards, it was decided to change the requirements for Best Short Film and create a separate category for our graduating students, Best Graduate Film. Students from Trimester 4 and Trimester 6 were featured in both categories, allowing for a well-rounded and presented show that delighted and enthralled the audience. Also up for grabs were awards in technical categories such as Best Editing, Best Sound Recording and Best Direction.

Graduate film How to Forget Your Day was the big winner of the night, taking out 5 of the 13 awards. The standard of films excelled all expectations so that judges could not choose between some contenders for Best Graduate Film, so fellow graduate project The Half was also awarded Best Graduate Film for the night.

Audience members also had the opportunity to vote for their favourite film of the night, and we are proud to announce that Trimester 4 film Aida took out the People’s Choice Award for this year. Congratulations to students Katie Ring, Matthew Wideman, Barnaby Downes, Sandra May, Tait de Lorenzo and Shreya Vyas for their incredible work and for being a highlight of The Martini Awards.

A big congratulations to the winners, and the nominees of course! We enjoyed the night, and hope that our students did too. Thank you to our event sponsors of the night and for providing some incredible prizes; JVC, Screen Producers Australia, NEP, Rode Microphones, Dolby Atmos, John Barry Sales, Miller Tripods, Casting Networks, Panasonic, and SMPTE.  

See the full list of winners below, and photos from the night in our gallery.

NOMINEES AND WINNERS 

Best Cinematography
Solitude is Bliss
The Half
Star
WINNER: HOW TO FORGET YOUR DAY 
Cinematography by Jake Brennan
Produced by Chablis Delong
Directed by Olivia Parsonson


Best Sound Recording
The Half
All Too Well
Ice Age
WINNER: PAWS FOR LIFE 
Sound by Martin Stara
Produced & directed by Katy Dalgleish



Best Editing 
How to Forget Your Day
Untucked
Where Moths Fly
WINNER: THE HALF 
Edited by Jack Sweeney 
Produced by Asha Clark
Directed by Chloe Jouin 


Best Direction 
Where Moths Fly
Lost
Untucked
WINNER: HOW TO FORGET YOUR DAY 
Directed by Olivia Parsonson

Best Mocktail
Ready For This (International Grammar School)
Freddy, With Love (Wollongong High School of Performing Arts)
The Strife of Brian (Newington College)
WINNER: SHAPELESS (REDDAM HOUSE SCHOOL)
Produced by Roderick Gadaev

Best Documentary
Untucked
Paws For Life
WINNER: A VOICE FOR SIX MILLION
Produced by Nikolina Bazdaric
Directed by Mitchell McArdle




Best Animation
The Companion
Taco ‘Bout Love
WINNER: UNDER THE FLOOR
Produced by Michael Wei & Andre Melendres
Directed by Benjamin Malfatti & Lachlan O’Dea


Best Music Video 
Opia 
Night Terrors
WINNER: HOW TO FORGET YOUR DAY 

Best Actress
Isabel Dickson in 'All Too Well'
Lily Crouch in 'Star'
WINNER: ASHA CLARK IN 'THE HALF' 

Best Actor 
Jordan Dulieu in 'Where Moths Fly'
Martin Ashley Jones in 'Pigeon Man'
WINNER: WILL GABRIEL IN 'HOW TO FORGET YOUR DAY' 

Best Screenplay 
Star
All Too Well
WINNER: REVELATIONS
Produced & directed by Corey Hume
 
Best Short Film 
Filmmaker
Aida
WINNER: WESTERN CHOICES
Produced by Mitchell McArdle
Directed by Ben Jones

 
Best Graduate Film 
Where Moths Fly
Revelations
WINNERS: THE HALF & HOW TO FORGET YOUR DAY 

People’s Choice Award
WINNER: AIDA


Keep an eye out for next years' Martini Awards, when we will be back even bigger and better in 2017!

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