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WA Screen Academy on show in Russia

Wednesday, 21 December 2011


The WA Screen Academy is continuing to grow in stature and reputation with recent successes in Russia.

ECU’s Screen Academy Director John Rapsey has returned from the Kinoproba Festival of Film Schools in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The WA Screen Academy was one of twenty-five film schools from fifteen countries represented at the festival. Also attending were the national film schools of Poland, Norway, Denmark and renowned schools from the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Israel, USA Argentina, Mexico and Russia.

Mr Rapsey said the WA Screen Academy came to the festival’s attention as the result of several films shown in international festivals over the past few years.

“We were given a very enthusiastic reception and was thrilled to learn that we had seven short films and seven documentaries selected to screen in competition,” Mr Rapsey said.

The WA Screen Academy was presented with a Special Jury Award for the excellence and professionalism of its festival entries at the closing ceremony.

Each year Festival Kinoproba invites several film schools to do a special presentation on the structure, processes and aesthetics of their training.

Mr Rapsey was joined by Ms Alice Bergfall from Norway for this presentation. Ms Bergfall completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2004 at ECU and Masters of Professional Communications at the Screen Academy in 2006.

 “We started with an animated map from Russia to Perth and then a photo montage of Perth, showing various iconic locations in WA and finally ECU,” Mr Rapsey said.

“There were audible gasps during this visual tour.”

“I think I invited everyone to visit me in Perth so I might end up running a backpackers’ tent city in my yard over the next few years.”

Mr Rapsey also gave a workshop on creating and writing television series for children and youth. The organisers were able to source an episode of ‘Foreign Exchange’ that had been dubbed into Russian for broadcast on the national network.

Mr Rapsey was overwhelmed by the warmth and generosity of the festival organisers.

“It was a wonderful experience. I saw outstanding work from other film schools, learned a great deal and made many new friends.”


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