Huge congratulations to our Year 13 film maker Amy Thomson, who has had her film 'Is She Invisible?' selected to be shown in the Festival of the 23rd International Youth Media Festival YOUKI.
YOUKI is an international film festival based in Austria. This year they received 2100 submissions to the international competition program, 132 of which went through a pre-jury selection process, and finally 64 of these, including Amy's, were chosen to be part of the competition program. The films, will be shown during the festival from 16th until 20th of November 2021.
Unfortunately, as the festival clashes with our exam season, Amy will not be able to travel to the festival, but she will be participating online.
Amy worked on 'Is She Invisible?' during Terms 1 and 2, spending approximately 12 weeks total on the project. It was created for her NCEA Level 3 "mockumentary" film assignment.
Amy says "Throughout these 12 weeks my Media teacher, Mr Thomas, played a key role as my mentor. He can tell you there were a lot of doubts and he was and still is always extremely supportive, offering practical and professional advice. Mr Thomas is an active mentor both during production and in general with all our class and outside of class work, always willing to set aside his own time to help his students.
I have always had a fascination with film and will be continuing my study of it in film school next year. This year, I am extremely fortunate and grateful to receive multiple offers from film schools across the globe, ultimately choosing to accept my place in the Vancouver Film School earlier this year. This means I will start my studies during May 2022. It has always been a dream of mine to go overseas to study and I am so thankful to my teachers in the Media department for playing an essential role in my acceptance into these amazing schools.
If possible, I would love to be able to give a massive thank you to my fabulous and amazing actors; Mr Thomas, Melissa Uren, Mrs Gerrard, and Mr Garrett, who have been nothing but supportive every step of the way. Without their support, I truly wouldn’t be where I am right now and for that I am so grateful. Therefore, I believe it is only right that I recognise their work as they are the reason, I can do what I love and succeed at it, which is a true privilege."
Well done Amy, and her supporters from the Media Studies department, we are immensely proud of you.