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Animated dark comedy wins State Library’s inaugural short film prize

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Western Sydney-based animator Jayce White was crowned the winner of the inaugural Shortstacks Short Film Prize for his stand-out animated film ‘Comeback’, the State Library of NSW announced tonight.

The darkly humorous black & white film won the praise of judges for its “creative innovation, exemplary technical skills, engagement with the audience and relevance to the Library’s signature collection item.”

In Jayce White’s ‘Comeback’, a rogue boomerang takes a grim turn, in reference to Don McPhedran’s 1959 image of boomerang makers in La Perouse.

The judges were unanimous in their decision to award a runner-up prize of $5,000 to a team of young filmmakers and AFTRS alumni — Nick Harriott, Nick Spellicy and Ryan Stubbs — for their film 'Domestic'. In  ‘Domestic’ a young couple is put to the test when they hear sounds through the window that might prove difficult to ignore.

View films by the prize-winners and finalists here

Download the full media release