Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Former Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    Films to highlight the positives of growing older

    13/02/2018 3:00 PM
    • Revelation Perth International Film Festival calls for short films that challenge perceptions of ageing 

    Short films that change the way we think about ageing are the focus of the Life in Pictures competition as part of the 2018 Revelation Perth International Film Festival.


    Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray launched the Life in Pictures short film competition today, encouraging Western Australian filmmakers to get creative to demonstrate the positives of getting older.


    Filmmakers have until May 18, 2018 to submit films, which will then be screened on July 9, as part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.


    There are three categories for entries with a prize pool of $20,000, which will include opportunities to attend film industry events, short courses and training.


    As part of the competition, free community workshops will be run to support entrants to develop and submit their films.


    The inaugural Life in Pictures competition was held in 2017. Winners included Ruth Kendall who was honoured for 'Janet's New Skills', which followed a woman's journey to gain confidence from learning woodwork.


    The competition has again been endorsed by the International Federation on Ageing, which has publically recognised the initiative as an excellent program that encourages a community conversation about ageing.


    2016 WA Senior of the Year, actor Jenny Davis is Ambassador for the competition, which is being held in collaboration with the State Government, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Screenwest.


    For more information about the competition, and to see the 2017 finalists and winning films, visit http://www.revelationfilmfest.org/life-in-pictures-competition


    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:


    "The Life in Pictures short film competition provides an excellent opportunity to put the spotlight on the lives of older Western Australians, in positive and creative ways.


    "I was delighted to be the first Minister to attend this great initiative last year - and the quality of the work produced had me in stitches, while shining a light on the challenges we all face as we age.


    "I look forward to the Life in Pictures films again contributing to the discussion about how we view ageing and the contributions older people make to the wider community.


    "The short films are expected to explore challenges and triumphs from across all areas of life, from relationships, to work, housing, health and cultural diversity.


    "I'm very much looking forward to seeing what filmmakers produce for this year's Life in Pictures competition and the difference the films make to the community's understanding of older people."


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