Graduate’s Sydney Film Festival win sees film eligible for an Oscar

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20 Jun 2017

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Graduate’s Sydney Film Festival win sees film eligible for an Oscar

20 Jun 2017

Mirene Igwabi has received top honor for her short film Adele - winning the notable Dendy Award for Best Australian Short Film at the annual 64th Sydney Film Festival Closing Night Gala at the State Theatre.

Arguably the most prestigious short film award in Australia, Adele’s Best Live Action Dendy Award win sees the film move into the official selection pool for an Academy Award and eligible for an Oscar.

Written and directed by SAE Brisbane film graduate, Mirene Igwabi, and produced by Grace Julia, Adele tells the story of a 14-year-old African-Australian girl living in Brisbane who’s secretly pregnant and is being forced into a child marriage.   

Mirene and Grace were in attendance at the gala closing ceremony to receive their Best Australian Short Film award (sponsored by Dendy Cinemas) that comes with a $7,000 cash prize.

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The short film is clearly on a winning streak after having won Best Director and Best Young Actor for Mariama Princess Andrews’ performance in the film, at Melbourne’s premier St Kilda Film Festival last month. This follows the film’s official selection in the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival that toured around Australia earlier this year.

When the 24-year-old director first pitched the story in class, her peers found it hard to believe that forced marriages were happening in Australia. While Adele is a fictional story, it was inspired by Mirene’s own experiences growing up in the Congo before her family to Australia in 2007.

During her final year of film studies at SAE Brisbane, Mirene was encouraged by her lecturers, Mairi Cameron and Stephen Lance to enter her powerful script in a national competition. She was awarded a $10k Canon Film Grant for Students and was mentored by the famed Australian actress, director, writer and editor, Gracie Otto. Mairi and Stephen guided Mirene through the production and are credited as executive producers for their contribution.

“For me, I wanted to tell a story that would give a voice to the young women who are the victims of child marriage. The fact that my script became a reality with the help of Canon, my producer and the team at SAE, is already an honour. To not only have this important story be heard, but to also have our efforts as filmmakers recognised by the Australian film industry is absolutely amazing!” said Mirene.

SAE Institute was a key supporter of the Adele project, assisting with fundraising and contributing to the production by providing film equipment, mentoring and other resources needed to produce the award winning short film.

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List of Awards
Winner Dendy Award for Best Australian Short Film Sydney Film Festival 2017
Winner Best Director St Kilda Film Festival 2017
Winner Best Young Actor St Kilda Film Festival 2017
Finalist Best Short Film St Kilda Film Festival 2017
Finalist West End Film Festival 2017
Official Selection Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection 19th Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival 2017
Official Selection Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz Art 2017
Finalist SAE ATOM Awards 2016
Official Selection Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2016


Adele Film Trailer & Interview with The Brisbane Times

Adele Facebook Page

Adele on Sydney Film Festival website