(PRWEB) May 11, 2005
The Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of Art Institute of Chicago has announced that from a field of 50 international shorts and feature films, and judged by Hollywood screenwriter Dana Olsen ("Inspector Gadget", "George of the Jungle", "The Burbs"), that Aussie short film THE BALL showed Âexceptional promise and creativity in the comedy genreÂ and would receive an honourable mention in the annual Christopher Wetzel Comedy Film Awards which will be presented in Chicago on 25 June 2005.
The awards, in honour of Chicago film critic Christopher Wetzel, were established to support independent filmmakers in their efforts to explore the art of comedy on film.
A 35mm print of THE BALL will screen at the awards ceremony before a star studded audience and ChicagoÂs film elite. The gala evening, which includes a reception following the show, is a benefit for the educational programs of the Gene Siskel Film Center.
THE BALL starring Max Gillies as cricket loving Prime Minister Howard and Gabby Millgate as a soccer loving refugee has, since its release in 2003, screened at more than 60 international film festivals and received widespread acclaim. In 2004 the film was short listed for best short live action film in the 2004 Oscars race and nominated for a United Nations Media Peace award. More recently, the film was invited to screen for the Yale University film faculty in Connecticut, alma mater of Jodie Foster, the Cohen Bros and David Hyde Pierce, where the film was enthusiastically received. The film also recently screened along side director Vicky JensenÂs (ÂShrekÂ ÂA SharkÂs TaleÂ) first live action film at the River Run Film Festival in the U.S.
The film was written and directed by Anny Slater and co-produced with Lily Hamdan and Serafina Froio. Ms SlaterÂs second film The Adventures of Roman Pilgrim a 30 minute dance film will be released in July and has an impressive line up of Australian musical and comedic talent including a score by jazz impresario James Morrison. The film traces the antics of Roman Pilgrim as he leaves the Australian outback town of Hope down the Road of Life in search of his lost voice and the Songlines of the Earth. The film was shot in Tiboorburra 4 hours north of Broken Hill New South Wales Australia.
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