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'Bus Trip' Wins Focus on Ability + 'A Friend In The Night' a Semi-Finalist

There's probably already a good chance you've heard the massive news but in case you implemented a self-imposed social media ban on yourself over the last few weeks, here is the latest...

Our short film Bus Trip won Best Film in the Australian Open Category at the 2018 Focus on Ability Festival! For a more comprehensive update you can see the press coverage here and here. Essentially, Sebastian Chan was privileged to win a generous prize pack including a trip to L.A for meetings with judges/mentors and to attend the American Film Market in November.

Huge kudos to all cast and crew involved in making this film the award winner it is, you can see Sebastian's full speech from the Facebook live feed here (from about 1:51:40). And if you haven't already you can see the winning entry here.

Sebastian was also privileged to take part in the Focus on Ability panel at two screenings (29/30th Sep) at the Art Gallery of NSW with esteemed guests; seven-time Logie award winner Paula Duncan AM, Screen Australia Investment Development Manager Lisa Duff and TV/Film industry veteran Bill Hughes.

In other news, our award winning short film A Friend In The Night has been listed as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Sydney Indie Film Festival! You can see the film here.

Hit 104.7 and Sanguineti Media's epic short film The Water Games is available to watch online. Sebastian was honoured to take part in the production as a producer and 1st AD. The film was completed in four days and had its World Premiere two weeks later. Congrats to all the cast and crew for their tremendous effort!

Finally, a shout out to local actor and filmmaker Brendan Kelly who took out Best Director and Best Screenplay for his short film Dying Art at the 2018 Canberra Short Film Festival! Sebastian took part in the production as a producer and is glad he did; the film has traveled to film festivals around the globe and will be available to watch online shortly.

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