Jacana Energy helps Spark local film projects

22 August 2018

Jacana Energy is proud to be supporting Spark, a short film initiative part of the Darwin International Film Festival.

Spark backs local emerging filmmakers to produce five original short film projects from concept, through production and finally to premiere at a screening in September as part of the Darwin International Film Festival at the Deckchair Cinema.

On top of this high-profile screening opportunity, winners also receive a seed fund of $5,000 and an extensive distribution deal with Deckchair Cinema, Capricornia Film Awards, and the NT Travelling Film Festival.

In 2017, Jacana Energy was honoured to be a major sponsor of the Darwin International Film Festival. As proud members of the local community, Jacana Energy is excited to be involved in this grassroots project, fostering creativity and innovation in the arts once again.

Find out more about Spark here.

Finalists announced

A jury of established film industry professionals has deliberated over concepts submitted by local emerging filmmakers to decide on the five finalists for the Spark short film initiative.

The finalists were unveiled recently and are currently producing their projects, which will screen during the Darwin International Film Festival in September.

A seed fund of $5,000 is offered to each winning project along with an extensive distribution deal with Deckchair Cinema, Capricornia Film Awards, and the NT Travelling Film Festival.

The five winning projects show a great diversity of stories, backgrounds and experience levels, which is sure to stimulate the culture of mentoring and support amongst the Top End’s burgeoning film industry. Read more about the winning projects below.

Complete finalist list
(alphabetical order)

Producer: Madelon te Lintum (independent)
Director/writer: Wilf Watson

A humorous story about a man struggling in a mad world. A world where oxygen is a commodity and corporate interests unethically rule over human rights. A world where losing one’s job to artificial intelligence is the norm. And a world where forgetting to pay bills on time can be fatal.

Rite of Passage
Producer: Tiffany Manzie (Global Headquarters)
Director: Andreas Heikaus
Writer: Grace king

Three Australian teenagers hear a ghost story about their hometown. They decide to test their courage and try to summon the spirit of the ghost. Not knowing what they have done, they tease each other to their doom.

Producer: Gaia Osborne (Undergrowth Productions)
Director/writer: Tim Parish
Writer: Phil Denson

A young autistic child is implanted with a SPECTRUM app called ‘Gadget’ to aid a normal life. Flash forward 10 years -Ari & Gadget discover the world is run by machines mining DNA. Together they find a solution. Ari learns that emotional bonds make humanity more complex than machines.

Producer: Rebecca McLean (Sharp Films)
Director/writer: Jane Hampson

On her 89th birthday, INGRID, a frail, wheelchair-bound woman suffering Alzheimer’s is left alone on a beach by her carer, who sneaks off to meet her boyfriend. A passing musician — heartbroken and homeless — tries to steal a piece of INGRID’S birthday cake, but something about her vulnerability reflects his own state, and he changes his mind.

You do you
Producer: Joseph Baronio (independent)
Director: Thomas Midena / Lexie Gregory
Writer: Lexie Gregory

Mickey’s having a tough time being herself. She’s fed up with her annoying brother, had it with a condescending boy at school, and all the men who just push her around are plain rude. Instead of just daydreaming about the perfect comeback, Mickey’s overactive imagination gets the better of her.