UWS design students take out international film competition

Harbour Bridge art
Artwork used in Marc Cerrafon's  'Lights, Camera, Action'

Two short films produced by students from the University of Western Sydney have been selected as category winners at an international design competition focused on raising awareness of climate change.

An international jury of leading designers and communication specialists chose the two videos from over 500 submissions fielded from across the world.

The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Energy for All’, making entrants consider how to raise awareness about the importance of providing reliable and sustainable power sources for the entire planet.

The two UWS School of Humanities and Communication Arts winning entries comprised of an individual and a group project.

‘Lights, Camera, Action’ (opens in a new window), produced by Marc Cerrafon, took an offbeat look at the extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations in the developed world, in contrast to the situation facing people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

‘Save the Power’ (opens in a new window), by Adam Dionsio, Garmon Weng, Benjamin Baggay and Nyleve Alejandrino, centred on a quirky song promoting energy conservation that’s serenaded to a lady who ultimately switches off her appliances and joins the singers on their skateboards.

Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek, from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, says it’s a fantastic result for the students, who worked on this project with their tutor, Michelle Catanzaro, in the multi-award winning fourth year professional design studio program, the Rabbit Hole.

“Providing students with the opportunity to work on socially and environmentally conscious competition briefs increases their awareness of the transformative potential of design, and how designers can contribute to building better futures, not just corporate aesthetics,” Dr Edwards-Vandenhoek says.

“This award also recognises the students’ creative talents, especially as it was judged by leading design professionals from around the world.”

“It is an outstanding achievement and a reflection of the calibre of students enrolled at UWS.”


11 June 2013

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