Eleven films in the hunt for the grand prize in the competition for first and second filmmakers

“In a way, the entire industry is based on hype, rightly or wrongly, and an award goes a long way,” he says. “I was a fan of this when I was in film school looking for the Cannes wreath or the AFI awards – I wanted to know what is considered outstanding by industry people.”

Arkapaw and his fellow judges — actress Shareena Clanton, interactive and documentary filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, and screenwriter-director Mouly Surya — had lunch with seven of the nominees on Thursday. And if the winner wasn’t there, Arkapaw will understand; at the time of David Michod animal kingdom When it was announced at Sundance in January 2010 as the winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, everyone associated with the film fled.

“David is pretty superstitious and said, ‘If we stay here, we’re not going to win,’ so we all left,” Arkapaw recalled. “And I sort of took that on board. I avoid award shows when I’m nominated for something.”

However, he knows that winning can make a big difference for a young filmmaker. “It might allow you to go out and write without worrying about bills, buying a book, or setting up an office,” he says. “There are all sorts of ways it could be spent to advance your career if you win it.”

But local filmmaker Alena Lodkina doesn’t let her mind wander to fantasies about how she might spend that loot on her second feature film. petrolshould win.


“I can’t even imagine what that would mean, I don’t even think about it,” she says. “It’s just an honor to be a part of it.”

Having moved to Melbourne from Sydney after graduating from university, St. Petersburg-born Lodkina holds MIFF dear to her heart. “I showed short films at the festival, I showed my first feature film Strange Colors here, this is my fourth film at the festival, I’ve had a lot of friends’ films shown here,” she says.

“It’s a great honor to have our film here,” she says. “It’s also very emotional to be included in the competition.”

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Jaclyn Diaz

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