08 Aug 2018
2018 National Religious Short Film Prize winner announced
The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) announced the winners of the 2018 Religious Short Film Prize at a special ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday 8 August.
The Executive Director of ACC&C, the Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard, hosted the event at the Chapel of the ACC&C and said the presentation of the prize has national significance.
CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann announced the winners and the $5,000 prize was presented by the prize donors Mr and Mrs Clive and Lynlea Rodger.
Professor Pickard said the Religious Short Film Prize presentation showcases the commitment of the ACC&C to the cultivation of the arts in relation to faith and life.
“The awarding of our second biennial Religious Short Film Prize continues the important development of religious ﬁlm in Australia,” Professor Pickard said.
“The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture has developed a strong focus on the arts through poetry, drama, music, painting and ﬁlm. The arts open a way through which the vision of the Centre ̶ to encourage thoughtful and robust interaction between Christian faith, other faith traditions, belief and culture – can be extended and realised.
“Film is an especially signiﬁcant medium through which issues to do with religion, meaning and social problems can be engaged with in an open and inquiring manner. We are excited about the future of this prize and the opportunities it will give, especially to young ﬁlmmakers, to keep the religious spirit alive through ﬁlm.”
Professor Pickard paid particular tribute to the generosity of the prize donors and long-time residents of Canberra, Mr and Mrs Clive and Lynlea Rodger, who have been deeply committed to making faith in God real in everyday life and society.
“The Rodgers come from a business and management background, studied theology at Princeton in New Jersey, USA, and have continued in theological and ethical engagements,” Professor Pickard said.
“Clive is a member of the Board of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, and member of the Executive. Both rejoice to see the short ﬁlm prize as a way of encouraging the kind of new engagements sorely needed between faith, social issues of the day, and the human search for meaning.”
The three judges for the 2018 Religious Short Film Prize were Reverend Dr David Millikan, Dr Susan Murphy, and Mr Steve Mason.
he 2018 Religious Short Film Prize Winner: The Giver (5 minutes) by Mr Jamey Foxton and Mr Ryan Simpson, two Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) students, one a sponsored skateboarder (jfoxton.com). The judges commented:
Highly Commended: Grey, (nearly 8 minutes) by Ms Julianne Nguyen who began her spiritual journey during her university years. She went on to graduate in architecture, but felt her degree lacked in the engagement with people, culture and community. She encountered film by accident when she volunteered with production of a local film. The judges commented:
Commended: Perdition, (7 minutes, 41 seconds) by Australian filmmaker Mr Josiah McGarvie who is based in Berlin, Germany, and is currently pursuing independent documentary projects. The judges commented: