Notre Dame Film Festival Doesn't Fall Short

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 14-11-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



Guests were given the red carpet treatment recently at the inaugural Shorties film festival, hosted by communication students at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle.

The evening, held in the School of Medicine, showcased the University’s budding film makers’ best work and gave them a chance to have their films viewed by a wider audience.

After an entrance on the red carpet and a few glasses of champagne, guests enjoyed a night of documentaries and short films, featuring this year’s main drama project, a film-noir, Booze, Broads and Bullets directed by Cowan Lovell.

Film student and organiser, Fayann D’Souza, said despite some technical difficulties, overall, the festival was really successful.

“The night was great. We were overwhelmed by the wonderful and positive responses everybody gave us,” said Ms D’Souza.

This was the first Shorties film festival, produced by the final year communication students. One of these students, Zara Grigor said her class would like to see it become an annual tradition.

“We hope Shorties will grow to become a big annual event and encourage new film making talent, taking the quality of Notre Dame films to new heights,” said Ms Grigor.

Some of the films shown by 3rd year students are also circulating in the wider community, serving not-for-profit organisations. Beyond Home by Fayann D’Souza and Dorian Gray, is a documentary about the Leeuwin tall ship experience. Learning to Listen directed by Zara Grigor raises awareness about the work of the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre for Children.

Other short films shown were, Waiting by Jennifer Holliday, Father Walsh by Charlie Pirrhouen, '?' by Jan Harmse andAnticipation by Tristan Forsey.

14 November 2007
Media contact:

Moira Saunders
08 9433 0611, 0408 959 138