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Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

A locally-made film has just made waves in the Australian film industry by winning a significant award at a film festival there.

The feature Heartlines is among competition winners at the Byron Bay Film Festival in Australia. Winning the award in Australia is especially significant because Australia has a well-established film industry and shares a big chunk of the world's film market, rivalling Hollywood and Bollywood.

The Australian film model has often been said to be one that the local film industry should follow if it harbours ambitions of cracking the international film market.

The Byron Bay Festival features more than 100 films from 24 different countries and Heartlines was honoured with the 2008 Best Dramatic Feature Award.

Since completing production in June 2006 and screened on SABC, Heartlines has been invited to screen worldwide, entertaining audiences in Japan, Poland, the Bahamas, Venezuela and the United States.

Produced by Mariki Pretorius and directed by Angus Gibson, Heartlines is the compelling story about second chances and explores the courage of individuals to accept, forgive and trust again in the face of challenges and disappointments.

The universal message of the film resonates with global audiences because it has received awards in five countries on four continents. These include New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival winner of a Special Recognition Award, Houston World Fest winner of a Remi Creative Award, Durban Film Festival winner of Best South African Feature Film, Baja California Film Festival in Tijuana, Mexico, winner of Best Feature Film, Skip City International Digital-Cinema Festival in Japan winner of the Special Jury Sony Digital Cinema Award and the most recent - Best Dramatic Feature in Byron Bay, Australia.

Byron Bay Film Festival director J'aimee Skippon-Volke said that "Heartlines was a highlight of the festival".

"It was instantly apparent to me that it was a film which was going to be a perfect fit for our audience and our festival."

Byron Bay Festival judge, Jon Dalgaard, from Lionsgate Films, said, "I loved this film. It was emotional and extremely well crafted with some great central performances. A really good choice for the festival."

Local production company Curious Pictures originally created Heartlines as part of a larger communication initiative for the Mass Media Project.

Supported by FNB, the Heartlines campaign - with the tag line 8 films, 8 values, one national conversation - was broadcast on all national TV stations and was seen by millions of viewers.


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