Griffith films recognised on world stage

Cutting-edge productions fromGriffith Film Schoolare continuing to make an impact on the international stage, with several films taking out top honours at the World Media Festival in Hamburg.

The awards recognisecontent in all lengths and forms from around the world. Dedicated to television, film and online productions, they celebrate global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers and talent.

Three films made through LiveLab, Griffith University’s production studio, were recognised by the international jury.

A five-part web series, Twisted Fates, took out silver, and a quirky stop-motion film to promote Griffith’s musical theatre program won a gold award.

LiveLab’s Christmas film, A Gift for the Lonely Heart, took out a gold award and also won a special citation for productions that improve the lives of others.

International student Tabea Hannappel, who edited A Gift for the Lonely Heart while on exchange from theInternationale Filmschule Kölnrepresented Griffith Film School at the awards ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.

Two of the productions, Twisted Fates and the musical theatre showreel, were also recognised at theNew York Festivals Best of TV & Film Awardsin Las Vegas last month, taking out top awards for Best Student Film.

Griffith Film School (GFS) is the only tertiary institution in Australia with a permanent in-house commercial studio.

LiveLab Creative Director Richard Fabb said it was vital to offer students year-round opportunities to gain industry experience during their studies.

“LiveLab is about providing a chance for students to learn from industry mentors, work with real clients and produce work that finds an audience,” he said.

“To be recognised for our work internationally is remarkable.”