The eight winners of the .OLD short film competition have been announced.
The eight winners of the .OLD short film competition have been announced. © Mitic

Film competition discovers a B.OLD view on ageing

WHAT does a mature-aged ballet dancer and a 90-year-old natural bodybuilder have in common?

They are both the subjects of eight age-friendly films that took out top honours at the B.OLD short film competition.

The B.OLD short film competition, an initiative of the Queensland Government, was designed to find filmmakers that "challenge the traditional views of ageing".

And Minister for Seniors Coralee O'Rourke said the first-year competition had been an instant success as she announced the winners.

"This inaugural competition has been an overwhelming success so far, with an outstanding 40 entries received from filmmakers across Queensland," Mrs O'Rourke said.

"These eight winning short film ideas truly embody the aim of this competition, which is to show that older Queenslanders are capable of much more than society sometimes gives them credit for, and celebrate their achievements and contributions to our communities."

The winning films will make their debut at a special premier event at Palace Cinemas in Brisbane before making the trek across the state in 2018 and 2019.

Mrs O'Rourke said the B.OLD short film competition was another example of the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to the Queensland: an age-friendly community strategy.

"Through initiatives, such as this competition, we can create thriving communities in Queensland where seniors can participate fully and feel included in their communities," she said.

The winners of the 2018 B.OLD short film competition:

  • Helen Morrison from Bent3Land Productions with 'Typecast'
  • Tamara Hall from Lovedays Cinema with 'En Pointe'
  • Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe from Zerodivide Productions with 'Never Stop Playing'
  • Luis Bran from The 'Moving Picture' Lab with 'Visible'
  • Andrew Stennett from All Access with 'Keeping up with the Joan-ses'
  • Susanna van Aswegen from Van Aswegen Trust with 'Underestimated'
  • Graham Young from Blacmac Productions with 'No Bones Jones'
  • Jeremy Rigby with 'The Mantra of Wise John'.

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