Festival Wrap Up / by Adam Sébire

Both the 1st Vertical Film Festival and the 2014 Australian Climbing Festival have now wrapped after a crazy but exciting long weekend.  Our thanks again to the ACF for underwriting the VFF in its first edition.

Before a capacity crowd we screened twenty-one films totalling around 90 minutes, from filmmakers in Australia, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, UK and USA, about half of whom were in the audience. (We'll be sending all participants stills of their films taken during projection, soon).

They ranged from Matthew Gray's excellent vertical documentary treatise on the significance of doors to the incredible animation skills on display in The Numberlys and Everything I Can See From Here — as well as a number of climbing and adventure-related works.  Putting on their judges' wigs were Cedar Wright, climber-filmmaker (and 2014 ACF special guest), and Chris Caines, multimedia artist and Katoomba local; both have won a string of awards in their own right.

Around half the films shown were in the competition which we titled ⇧THIS WAY UP⇧ and the winning entries as chosen by the judges are detailed below.  We hope to begin uploading competition entries as Vimeo videos by the end of October.


For its sheer beauty, technique and storytelling, First Prize,

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went to:

GIRL & FISH
On a lonely beach Fish flops desperately, trapped by a yoke of plastic rings. Girl sees him and lovingly releases him. Both are transformed. As time passes they're propelled on a desperate search for their unlikely love. Magic awaits them.

(Commissioned by 9:16FF, Adelaide) • Created by Ana María Méndez Salgado & Carlos Manrique Clavijo (Karu Karu Studio, Adelaide) • Duration: 2’54 


Second Prize,

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went to Simon Baré's haunting experimental portrait study:

 

TIMMH: STUDY (PHASE TWO)
An experimental video work exploring portraiture in a liminal and uncertain space.

Director: Simon Baré • Subjects: Pete Conroy, Ron Kelly, Jenny Leonard, Amanda Stephens Lee, Sylvia Griffin, Nikki Walkerden • Duration: 2’31" • Shot on Canon 60D DSLR.


The prize for Best Vertical Climbing Video,

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went to a short shot in the glaciers and mountains of Europe & China:

CLIMACTIC ACTUALITY
Following a shadow of expectancy, making a mountain out of a mountain, shifting balance is found in suspension.

Director & Performance: Nikki Walkerden • Sound: Shaun Hay • Duration 2’31 


As mentioned in the printed program, the 1st Vertical Film Festival offset its carbon emissions for lighting, sound, projection and heating during the Festival.  From meter readings before and after the event, this equated to 0.15 tonnes of C0₂, which has now been offset using GoldPower renewable energy credits.

Thanks once again to everyone who entered a film, to our judges, to our audience, to Rev. Ray Robinson & Michelle Seers at St Hilda's, to Andrew Gelao at KFM Media, to David Neal, and to everyone who offered advice, help and encouragement.  We couldn't have done it without you!