9 Mar 2020

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9 Mar 2020

The upcoming short film festival, Films That Inspire is the brainchild of SAE alumni Sean Dobra. 

Sean graduated from SAE in Melbourne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Film and was motivated to create the festival from his own experiences as a filmmaker. Sean, who is the owner of production company Starmax Films, found that he was incidentally working on inspirational content. 

“I wanted to start a film festival for quite some time; at the time I was dealing with depression and creating documentaries around the topic of mental health. Now it's my goal as a filmmaker to consciously create films that can make a difference in the world and I want to embolden other filmmakers to do the same.”

Sean would love to see inspirational films become a recognised genre in the industry and for Films That Inspire Festival to become a global event. 

“I believe that inspirational films touch the audience emotionally; they speak to the inner self and can educate others to make a positive change.” 

Sean believes in the power that inspirational films can have and that film as a medium is the perfect platform to spread inspirational messages. “A lot of people can participate in the moment at once, it's a shared experience,” he says.  

“I want the audience to walk away feeling inspired about life and for that to create a ripple effect out into the world.” 

“This is my calling, I want to bring more joy into the world, I want people to see the reality of life, not just the bad but the true beauty as well.”

Behind the scenes is a team of people that all share Sean’s vision to make the event a success, including three fellow SAE graduates, Event Manager, Helen Kassa, Film Selector and Event Technician Alexander Innes and Videographer Charuksha Rajapaksha. 

There will be a $500 VISA voucher courtesy of SAE Creative Media Institute awarded to the winning film on the night.  

Listen to Sean discuss Films That Inspire with Brad from Energy Groove Radio 

If you in Melbourne, come along to Films That Inspire
Friday 11th September, 7:30pm – 9:45pm.
Alex Theatre Two
St Kilda, VIC 3182
Tickets available at: all profits go to the festival’s charity partners; ONIS Community and Feeding Young Minds.