AFTRS films awarded at the CILECT CAPA Awards


AFTRS was strongly represented at the CILECT CAPA Awards, with two of the school’s student films winning awards.

CAPA is the Asia-Pacific Association of CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools.

The winners of the CILECT Awards are chosen by the CILECT schools community, which includes 180 institutions from 65 countries. Voting juries include students, faculty and staff, making up hundreds of members on each jury.

Where is my darling?, a 2020 flagship project of the AFTRS Master of Arts screen, won the award for best documentary film in the CAPA regional section and placed fifth in the world. Sunglasses, also from the Master of Arts Screen 2020, jointly received the CAPA Best Film – Fiction award.


Adam Finney wrote, directed and produced Where is my darling?, which follows a charismatic homeless person who raises funds to personally provide clean drinking water to the drought-stricken outback. Finney’s team included other Masters of Screen Arts students Cameron Dunlop (cinematographer), Nathan Turnbull (sound engineer and sound designer), James Taylor (editor) and Daniel O’Brien (musical score), with the Bachelor of Arts Screen: production graduate Alfred Faber also credited as sound engineer.

Finney told IF the award was a strong endorsement for everyone who contributed to the project.

“We could not have made this important film without the support of our brilliant team and the staff at Australian Film Television and Radio School,” he said.

“This prestigious award is a wonderful recognition that our hard work has paid off and we look forward to sharing the film with the world.”

Ismail Khan wrote and directed Sunglasses, which focuses on a troubled teenager who decides to steal a pair of sunglasses from local stores – an act that later turns out to be part of a much larger plan. The film was produced by Bachelor of Arts student Skye Leon. The team’s Master of Screen Arts students include James Ward-Miller (cinematographer), Sean Doyle (sound recording), Alexander Cox (sound recording) and James Mountain (musical score).

Khan told IF he can’t wait to see the film’s journey continue after the award is presented.

“It’s great to be recognized with this award,” he said.

Sunglasses was a true collaborative effort and the team are honored that the film was voted best CAPA film.

AFTRS CEO Nell Greenwood paid tribute to the creative teams, as well as the AFTRS staff who supported them.

“The CILECT Awards are very competitive and recognize the best student films from film schools around the world,” she said.

“It is an incredible accomplishment for AFTRS and its students to have received the first prize in the fiction and documentary categories.

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