My Queer Career 2022

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My Queer Career 2022

My Queer Career is Australia’s richest queer short film prize with over $16,000 worth of cash and support to be won.

My Queer Career 2022 Jury

Ruth Caudeli Mentioned as one of the queer filmmakers to watch for by Indiwire, she has a Masters in film directing from the renowned ESCAC film school and another in fiction for television from the Pompeu Fabra university. She studied audiovisual communication at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, where she won the award for excellence. She has written and directed the feature film Eva+Candela (2017), Second Star on the Right (2019), and Leading Ladies (2021). Her feature films have screened at Malaga Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Palm Springs International, Outfest and Frameline. She has directed several short films which were selected for and won awards at various international festivals.

Mitchell Stanley recently produced Warwick Thornton’s documentary television series, The Beach. His first feature, We Are Still Here, a multi protagonist anthology feature film is set to be released in 2022. Recently produced Jon Bell’s psychological horror short film, The Moogai, now in development on the feature version with co producers Causeway Films (The Babadook) where the short won several festival awards including best horror at SXSW and best short at Melbourne International Film Festival.

Matthew Dabner is an AFI-award nominated screenwriter (The Square), winner of the Sydney Film Festival audience award (as producer of Cedar Boys) and renowned script editor (Riot, The Family Law) and development executive. Matthew is currently a Media Arts and Production lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney.

Best Film

Beautiful They
Directed by Cloudy Rhodes
Produced by Ella Millard

$3000 Cash from The Stephen Cummins Film Trust
$2000 worth of legal advice from JP Media Law
Automatic entry into the Iris Prize, the world’s richest prize for LGBTIQ short film

Audience Award

Illustrating Sam Newton
Directed by Lily Drummond
Produced by Payton Hogan

$3,500 Editing Support from Spectrum Films

Best Screenplay

Writer: Claudia Bailey
$750 cash from Event Cinemas George Street

Emerging Filmmaker

Are You Still Watching
Director: Alex Cardy, Tali Polichtuk, Kitty Chrystal
Produced by: Alex Cardy, Alexandra George, Tali Polichtuk

Camera Equipment Hire from Panavision, valued at $5000

Emerging Performer

Are You Still Watching
Tommy Misa for Nelson

A 2 Hour one on one acting masterclass, valued at $500 from Actors Centre Australia

The 2022 My Queer Career Lineup:

Are You Still Watching? (6 mins)
Directed by Alex Cardy, Tali Polichtuk, Kitty Chrystal | Produced by Alex Cardy, Alexandra George, Tali Polichtuk
Forced into near-isolation during one of Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdowns, Jamie keeps themselves entertained bingeing on queer film and TV. What begins as mere escapism turns sensual when they start having delusions involving their favourite queer characters.

Beautiful They (11 mins)
Directed by Cloudy Rhodes | Produced by Ella Millard
Violet (Sariah Saibu) and Blue’s (Morgan Davies) youth collide in an early morning toke that leads to the ocean where connection stirs. What results is a tender, uplifting, queer surf-romance about the nuance of gender and the refuge found in being truly seen.

A Big Life (15 mins)
Directed and Produced by Anna Brownfield
Told through the tales of Bobbie Nugent, A Big Life is a story of butches and femmes, gangsters, sex workers, travelling sideshows and early Australian transgender history.

Dwarf Planet (8 mins)
Directed by Adrian Chiarella | Produced by Katie Amos, Bec Janek
An awkward teenager spends the last of his birthday money on a male sex worker. It’s an uneasy encounter involving secrets, desires and a lesson in astronomy.

Illustrating Sam Newton (28 mins)
Directed by Lily Drummond | Produced by Payton Hogan
An outgoing New York City art student falls for an introverted photographer who happens to be deaf – and living on the other side of the world.

Nelson (7 mins)
Directed by Sara West | Duncan Ragg, Katherine Shearer
Restless and locked in his apartment, Nelson dares himself to be vulnerable with a stranger online.

Sunburn (12 mins)
Directed by Jaslyn Mairs | Produced by Ben Bauchet, Lev Jutsen
In the wake of a tragedy, Charlie takes her best friend Em on a road trip in the hope that it will help them heal. Along the way, they find their friendship is tested like never before.

We’re Doing Well (11 mins)
Directed and Produced by Andrew Mills
Laura and Johnathan are best friends who are both in content, stable relationships. But when their housemate can’t go on a pre-booked weekend away, both Laura and Jonathan feel they deserve the free weekend more than the other. Leading to an escalating conflict that tears each other’s relationships apart.