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A win in film awards for two Tassie students

From campy neon 1980s horror vibes to a documentary about a Tasmanian graveyard of ships, explore the award-winning work of our Media and Communication students.


Two students from The Media School at the University of Tasmania have taken out major awards in this year's MyStateBank Student Film Festival.

For his short film Animus, passionate filmmaker and writer Scott Lleonart won the Best Film: Post Year 10 category.

Animus was created for Morgan's Sandpit, a Hobart-based band in which Scott plays bass and sings lead vocals. The film clip was also nominated in the Best Music Video category.

“I thought creating a film clip with a loose story and a striking visual style could be really fun to experiment with," Scott said.

“I was going for that campy, horror, 80s neon, slasher film vibe – and having the twist of the koala gives it that comedic element.

"I loved collaborating with the cast and crew on this film clip. Putting a media project together is always a stressful thing, but seeing it eventually shape up and come together is so exciting and gratifying to share – the reception has been phenomenal."

Scott will graduate in December this year with a Bachelor of Media and Communication. He's looking forward to taking a break from study to focus on making his own creative projects (and working on his Honours and Masters plans).

"A big thanks to the University of Tasmania over the past three years, and for the encouraging support network of staff and students at The Media School," Scott said.

"And a huge thank you to the MyStateBank Student Film Festival – I was very surprised to win the award as there were so many good films and mix. It was really great to see the music video genre being recognised."

Watch filmmaker and writer Scott Lleonart's award-winning short film, Animus.

In the Emerging Talent: Post Year 10 category, Hayden Cornes won for his creative piece, Tamar Island's Ship Graveyard. This film was an effort to bring together his production and reporting skills from his work with ABC as a radio and digital news reporter.

Also graduating this year, Hayden made this film in collaboration with University of Tasmania alumni, Russel Petterwood.

Behind the cameras on the day, Media and Communication students Lindsay Mansfield and Lopes Sezabo were supporting the live filming, editing, streaming and production alongside Southern Cross Austereo.

This is the third year the University of Tasmania and MyStateBank Student Film Festival have worked together on raising the profile for students and opportunities for emerging artists to gain experience in the industry.

Watch Hayden Cornes and Russel Petterwood's award-winning short film, Tamar Island's Ship Graveyard.

Header image:  A sneak peek from Scott Lleonart's award-winning short film, Animus. Image: Scott  Lleonart.

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