In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology Film and TV graduates have teamed up with a scriptwriting teacher to wow audiences at the St Kilda Film Festival.

The short film, The Red Circle, is a collaboration from Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media alumni Sascha-Rene Karner, Cesar Salmeron-Hoving and Scott Lister with Swinburne scriptwriting teacher Boris Trbic.

Mr Trbic wrote the story in 2003 about a man remembering his past, which allows the film to use a unique mix of still photographs and video material.

“The idea came from a short story I wrote. I asked Sascha to read it, which was shortly followed by a series of conversations about how we might best adapt the film,” Mr Trbic said.

Each of the Film and TV alumni involved have had individual success, with Cesar’s short film Snapshot being screened at festivals across the globe, Sascha finding numerous roles in corporate video production and Scott has worked on a web series.

“They are some of the most enthusiastic and talented students I have ever encountered. As well as their passion, they are constantly generating innovative ideas in a range of narrative forms,” said Mr Trbic.

The Red Circle is one of three films appearing at the St Kilda Film Festival that has been produced by Swinburne graduates. The First Stone and The Summer of ABC Burns are both final year Bachelor of Film and Television student films from 2014.

Running from 21 - 30 May, the St. Kilda Film Festival is presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip. The festival supports the Australian film industry, by screening the top 100 short film entries.

Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the festival is an Academy Awards qualifying event and winning films are eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards and Documentary Short sections of the Oscars.

The Red Circle screens Thursday 28 May, 6.30 pm at the St Kilda Town Hall.