Griffith Film School takes home ATOM double

Griffith Film School has been lauded for its continued outstanding excellence in the creative arts with two major wins at this year’s Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards.

The School claimed the award for Best Tertiary Documentary for Wolfe, produced by student Claire Randall.

Griffith filmmaker Claire Randall

There was also award honours in the Best Documentary (Biography) category with Jill Bilcock: The Art of Film Editing announced as the winner.

The documentary was produced by Faramarz Keshawarz-Rahber, Alex Grigor and Sue Maslen.

All up, Griffith was nominated in ten categories at the awards which recognise the best Australian and New Zealand screen content from film schools and screen industry professionals.
Acting Head of Griffith Film School, Professor Trish FitzSimons, said the strong showing reflected the calibre of talent nurtured at GFS.

“We are very proud of what our students, graduates and faculty members are producing, and are delighted to see their work recognised at this level,” she said.

“ATOM is the second-longest running film and media awards in Australia, behind the AFI/AACTA Awards.

“Competitions like this allow our filmmakers to make industry connections and build a wider audience for their work.”

Claire Randall’s win caps off a stellar year for the Griffith filmmaker.

The journey began in February with the film’s selection for the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival with Wolfe was named Best Short Film by the Youth Jury, winning a Crystal Bear award. It also received a special mention at the International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen 

In October, Wolfe was named Best Short Documentary at the Antenna International Documentary Film Festival and screened at the Film School Fest in Munich

Behind the creative team for the 24 minute short were producer Shannen Tunnicliffe and director of photography/animator Lachlan Morton