The organisers of the 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge are pleased to announce the Grand Prize Winner for 2016 (as chosen by Special International Judge Julie Corman).

A big thank you to all who supported the recent Tasploitation Challenge Screening & Awards Night at City Hall. The event was bigger than anticipated, with an enthusiastic audience of over 300. The event will be back in January 2017. And now to announce the 2016 Grand Prize winner, as chosen from between the Jury Award Winners and Audience Choice Winners on the night….

The Things We Take by The Dying Arts.

“It’s remarkable to get such believable and nuanced performances and such thoughtful camera set-ups and movement on such short notice,” says Julie Corman.

“The acting and the writing are notable as well. Finally I assume the director made it all happen but I know from my experience that film is a collaborative medium and it’s often even the key grip who gives you the breathtaking possibility of the memorable shot. So in the end, bravo to the team.”

Congrats to The Dying Arts, who receive $1000 cash courtesy of the major supporter of the Tasploitation Challenge, Screen Tasmania.

The winners announced on the night were:

Jury Award for Best Film – The Things We Take by The Dying Arts

Audience Choice Award – The Thin White Duke by The Hobart Hemoglobins

Cooper Screen Academy Best Actor Award – Simone Dobber in 271 by Schwein

Special Award (Best Score)Matthew Taylor for Featherhead by Special Patrol Group 

Tasmaniana Award  (for a film that incorporates a specifically Tasmanian aspect in the most original or interesting way) – Takayna by Carcinorganic 

Barbara Creed Award (for a film that reflects on gender issues in a thoughtful or clever way) – Bereft directed by Nigel Curtain-Smith

Next Generation Award (for an outstanding film made by a team which includes an under 16 year old filmmaker working in a key role) – Canine directed by Cathy Allen and written & produced by Cathy Allen and Aaron Luke Wilson, starring 11-year-old Jessica Lloyd

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Trophies for the Tasploitation Challenge 2016, designed by Bryony Geeves. Image by Lucy Parakhina.

The 48 Hour Tasploitation Challenge is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania.