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Lights! Canberra! Action! 2015 winners announced

Amanda Whitley

We introduced you to the impressive 22 year-old a couple of weeks ago, and now Canberra filmmaker Hew Sandison has performed a hat trick, winning the Lights! Canberra! Action! festival for the third year running.

His short drama, Turnback, took out three of the 15 award categories including Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing.


One Long Day – Lights…Canberra…Inaction also received three awards including Best Performance, Best Screenplay and Best Original Music.

The annual short film competition received 30 high quality entries. Each local filmmaker was given just 10 days to produce a seven-minute film to suit the theme of Swings and Roundabouts.

Events ACT spokeswoman Dianne Ireland said Lights! Canberra! Action! had grown into a popular event for both film makers and cinema lovers.

“Year after year the event attracts some of the best filmmakers from around the region who continue to produce great range of Canberra-centric short films that are a joy to watch,” she said.

The following 15 awards were presented to Lights! Canberra! Action! entrants this evening:

Best Original Music – One Long Day – Lights…Canberra…Inaction by Brendon Houlahan

Best Sound Design – Crumbs by Douglas Warouw

Best Visual Effects/Animation – Echoes by Christian Doran & Adam Lynch

Best Art Direction – Game of Foams by Pat Gallagher & The Hundred Swords

Best Editing – Turnback by Hew Sandison

Best Cinematography – Echoes by Christian Doran & Adam Lynch

Best Screenplay – One Long Day – Lights…Canberra…Inaction by Brendon Houlahan

Best Director – Turnback by Hew Sandison

Most Memorable Performance – Bulldust by Chris Schlegel

Best Performance – One Long Day – Lights…Canberra…Inaction by Brendon Houlahan

Best Use of an Item – Dear Jasmine Julia Faragher

Best Use of Theme – Lost for Words by Peter Fock

Best Under 18s Film –This Place Ain’t Home by Evie Friedrich

Best Student Film – Dear Jasmine by Julia Faragher

Best Film – Turnback by Hew Sandison.


Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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