Ben Wilson from McDonald College Ben Wilson from McDonald College was named the winner of the Sydney Film School Robin Anderson Scholarship. The Scholarship is open to all senior category finalists and recognises excellence in secondary student filmmaking.
Wilsons film Idealisme is a complex yet charming multi dimensional love story that, independent to the scholarship, won best film in the Senior Fiction category.
As a proud partner of the Awards, Sydney Film School offers an annual one-year full time scholarship to a senior finalist, to study the Diploma of Screen program. Through this initiative the school provides an outstanding opportunity for a person who is passionate about making films to further their studies in a practical, working and educational environment. All tuition fees, materials and equipment are covered by the scholarship. All filmmakers (drama or documentary) who are selected as finalists in any senior section of the Robin Anderson Awards are eligible
Wilson is the 4th person to receive this scholarship, and is set to reap the benefits of studying at one of Australias most innovative and driven facilities in terms of actively supporting their students, and providing relevant training to spring board into the industry.
"The Robin Andersen Awards attracts the best young filmmakers in the country. These are the kind of people I want to have around at the Sydney Film School, and, conversely, we can help them move forward in their filmmaking career. It's a perfect dialogue." Ben Ferris, Director Sydney Film School
The Robin Anderson Film Awards were originally created in 2003 as a tribute to one of Australias best documentary filmmakers, whose work with partner Bob Connolly included Black Harvest (1992) and Rats in the Ranks (1996). The Awards encourage young Australians still at school to pursue creative excellence in filmmaking. By supporting this initiative, Sydney Film School are actively nurturing outstanding talent as they begin their path as a filmmaker.
Sydney Film School has seen a marked surge in enrolments, especially from international students, as the schools reputation continues to grow beyond our shores. In 2008 100 students are enrolled with 42 of these arriving from overseas. This represents a 45% increase in international students, with 18 countries represented: India, USA, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, China, South America, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Holland, France, Egypt, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the UK.
Sydney Film School is Sydneys fastest growing filmmaking community made of current students, graduates and teachers, working together towards common goals: to learn, to grow, to make good films, to be seen by audiences worldwide. Since the school began in 2004 the schools community has grown to over 400 strong. Producing the largest number of films in Sydney every year, Sydney Film School generated 130 productions in 2007 alone. These consist of quality documentaries, dramas and individual thesis films exploring all manner of cinematic forms. Since inception, 32 SFS films have screened in 43 prestigious film festivals locally and abroad with six first prizes.