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Film student competes at Cockatoo Island Film Festival

Applied media student competes at Cockatoo Island Film Festival

A short comedy film titled Magica and directed by USQ Bachelor of Applied Media (BAM) student Ryan Butler will be showcased and compete for Best Short Film at the prestigious Cockatoo Island Film Festival.

The film will compete against six others shortlisted in the sub-category of Magical Mystery Tour; a celebration of filmmaking craft that revels in storytelling, exploring the unusual, unimaginable and seemingly unreal.

Running over five days from 24 October, Cockatoo Island Film Festival will transform Sydney Harbour into Hollywood as Australian and international filmmakers gather to showcase their works to more than 40,000 movie fans.

Ryan said he hadn’t wiped the smile from his face since he found out the film had been accepted. \

‘I knew the writer/producer Terrance Young had entered the film in a number of festivals and competitions world-wide, but I wasn’t sure which ones,’ Ryan said.

‘As soon as I found out about the nomination I raced home to look at our film listed on the festival website and that is when it all sunk in.’

Ryan said the film was about the human flaw of greed which resides in us all.

‘The lead character, Malcolm has the worst day of his life, losing his girlfriend, his job, his parents kick him out and cut the power to his room and even his mobile phone is accidently thrown away.

‘On his way home he buys a lamp from a mysterious man. The next morning, he finds a beautiful blonde Jeanie from the lamp in his bathroom, waiting to grant him three wishes.

‘Unfortunately, he destroys all of his good fortune through his own greed.’

Faculty of Arts Associate Director (Springfield) Dr Daryl Sparkes said Cockatoo Island Film Festival is the largest and most prestigious film festival in New South Wales after the Sydney Film Festival.

“The competition to get your film shown there is fierce and demonstrates the calibre of not only Ryan’s film, but Ryan as a film director,’ Dr Sparkes said.

‘We’ve had considerable success with our short films and documentaries at USQ and more of our students are being recognised for their great work through film festivals like Cockatoo Island.’

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