A short film about backpacking, parents, and Skype won the best film at the Relay Service Short Film Awards during this year’s Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival.
The winning film, Venice, by Venetia Taylor, was awarded the Audience Award for Best Film 2016 at the gala screening on Thursday, 7 April at Palace Norton St Cinema, Leichhardt.
Managing Director of the NRS Outreach, Deborah Fullwood, presented the film makers with their awards.
‘Congratulations to all the winners. The short film awards attracted a breadth of talent from across the country and brought attention and creativity to stories about senior Australians,’ said Ms Fullwood.
The winning film features Josh, a young guy backpacking in Italy who calls his mum in Australia via Skype to ask for more money. After he threatens to come home she says yes to the money, but doesn’t hang up Skype properly - hilarity ensues.
The Festival’s Jury Award for Best Senior Talent at the Festival was given to Gillian Jones as Best Actress for her performance in the short film Goodnight Sweetheart.
This is the third year NRS has teamed up with the Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival as a Festival Partner and sponsor of their short film awards.
‘We were thrilled to work with Young at Heart again. It’s always a great event for us to promote the NRS and reach people who may be experiencing hearing loss or who know someone that may find our service useful,’ said Ms Fullwood.
The Relay Service Short Film Awards program contained the best new Australian short films with seniors in lead roles. At each screening, audiences were able to watch the finalists in the annual national short film competition and vote for the Audience Award for Best Film.