AACTA Pitch: Charging Creativity
Congratulations to Sunny Grace, the winner of AACTA Pitch: Charging Creativity presented by MINI!
Five finalists from across Australia pitched their short film concepts to the esteemed judging panel including Margaret Pomeranz AM (SCREEN, THE MOVIE SHOW, AT THE MOVIES), Michele Bennett (JUDY & PUNCH, CHOPPER, MR INBETWEEN), Loani Arman (OUR GREATEST ESCAPE, MY BODY SAYS) and John Molloy (MOLLY, THE GLOAMING, UNDERTOW) announcing Sunny Grace (TRIGGER HAPPY, DIK), the winner of AACTA Pitch: Charging Creativity presented by MINI inspired by MINI’s ‘Charging Creativity’ manifesto.
This marks the second year that MINI has supported the next generation of filmmakers, with MINI and AACTA collaborating in 2019 to deliver AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected presented by MINI. The competition saw winner Loani Arman bring her short film OUR GREATEST ESCAPE to life, and she is now in development on a TV Series with a prominent Australian production company off the back of her success. Watch Loani’s winning short film OUR GREATEST ESCAPE here.
The five finalists selected to participate in the AACTA Pitch: Charging Creativity final event included: ALEX’S PERFECT DAY (Rachel Wilson), DAD JOKES (Jack Braddy), LIFE LESSONS (Mandy Keulen) and SPARK (Katia Mancuso).
Though the competition was fierce, Sunny’s concept CHARGING, a short film about creatively rising to the challenges of an isolating household, earned her $15,000 towards the production of her film!
Sunny was inspired to explore “the idea of humans using creativity to be more innovative and to make us more sustainable” which you can read more about here. For her original idea, Sunny will also receive $5,000 cash, a complimentary MINI Electric Hatch for the duration of her shoot, tickets to the 2021 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, and invaluable mentoring opportunities with the judging panelists.
Writer, Producer and award winning film critic Margaret Pomeranz AM
Award-wining producer Michele Bennett
Winner of AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected presented by MINI
AACTA Award winning producer John Molloy
AACTA welcomes everyone with an idea for a live action, scripted short film to enter, and encourages concepts from creators and teams from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.
MINI ‘CHARGING CREATIVITY’ MANIFESTO
Creativity is an enigma.
It can’t really be explained, because it’s felt so differently by everyone.
It’s personal, authentic and entirely unique.
It dares us to be different.
Pushes our limits.
Helps us to look on the bright side.
And in all but an instant, it connects us.
The designers and makers. The bold and the curious. The artists of all ages.
When creativity strikes, it can’t be contained.
It’s like a spark, an optimism that catches on quickly.
A hunger to get out and feel the wind in your hair.
It’s a charge that’s emotive and so clever, it’s simple.
It’s electric – just like MINI.
In 2020, we’re launching our first fully electric hatch.
And it’s here to inspire the creative within us all.
At first glance, you might not even hear it, or see it.
And that’s the beauty of it.
It’s the whir of electricity, with the familiar twinkle of iconic design.
It’s the go-kart handling, with the unexpected flash of the Union Jack.
It’s the MINI you know, reimagined for the roads of tomorrow.
And it’s charged with passion, for generations to come.
Because that’s what makes us MINI, now and into the future.