In Summary

The annual Worldfest Houston International Film Festival has again proven a success for Swinburne University of Technology’s Film and Television students who captured a string of awards at the event.

Swinburne students won a total of twelve Remi awards for their work, including 4 Platinum Remis, 5 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze, with second year production The Promise receiving a coveted Special Jury Remi Award in the College Level Student Category.

Swinburne Film and Television lecturer Dr Jeff Bird attended the awards ceremony in Houston, where Swinburne was the only film school to collect more than one award on the night.

“It was such an impressive sight to see all of the awards held up on stage. It’s such an outstanding achievement for the students,” Dr Bird said.

In the competitive short film competition, four Swinburne films were Official Selections of the festival and subsequently screened to the public.

Matt Wilson, a Film and Television alumni whose film Yellow Jacket was one of those selected, said the experience was a rewarding process.

“Not only is it encouraging having your work selected at a festival such as Worldfest, but it’s an amazing feeling to know people have enjoyed something you’ve created,” Mr Wilson said.

Held annually in Houston, Texas, Worldfest is a celebration of independent filmmaking across America and the globe. The festival is the third longest running international film festival in North America and one of the oldest independent film festivals in the world.