The Rising Sun Program (secondary school kids’ program) 2017 Winners


Congratulations to Alexander Fasso, whose film The Goldfish Bowl won The Setting Sun Short Film Festival Award for Best Film Secondary Student in The Rising Sun Program 2017, sponsored by our Principle Partner Victoria University, Melbourne Australia. Congratulations also to Cian Bennett, who won a Highly Commended Award for his film, The Beast Within. Thanks everyone that came down to watch the program, the films were amazing. Here are some of the lucky masterclass winners, to be hosted by VU. L- R Host Janet McLeod; Festival Director Anna Bourozikas; Winner Highly Commended, Cian Bennett; Winner Best Film Secondary Student, Alexander Fasso; Nelson Dean, Thilan Ahangama; Dr Rob Brown. VU Executive Director External Relations; Sierra McLachlan and Sam Johnston. Missing are students Sam Zagame, Jonno Kelly and James Cottril

Congratulations to our winners and Top Ten Filmmakers. Well done to all the students that entered. It was a fantastic program.


We are proud to announce Victoria University has become the Principal Partner of the festival this year. They are sponsoring the Setting Sun Award for Best Film by A Secondary School Student. The top 10 short films in the secondary category will receive a Master Class with Marc C-Scott who is a lecturer in screen media at Victoria University. He has taught at many institutions in the areas of video production, motion graphics, visual effects, online media, cross-media practice. Marc has written numerous articles for The Conversation along with both television and radio media interviews. His research interests are within television (history, institutions, broadcast technologies and methods), cross-platform media and the use of new media platforms and distribution methods.Lecturer of Digital Media and coordinator of the Bachelor of Interactive Media and Victoria University. The Master Class will be held in the June school holidays. And will include industry guests and practical workshops. This is an open category and any secondary school student who has made a film that meets the terms and conditions can enter.

We’re proud of the quality of films that have come from kids over the years and excited to be able to continue helping them with their development with the great team of people at Victoria University.

There is no specific prize or category for films made by primary school students but we are always happy to screen their films so please feel free to enter!

This year’s kids’ program will screen during the weekend of the festival at The Sun Theatre in Yarraville.

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