WINNER: LA Movie Awards 2011 (USA), Best Shorts Awards 2012 (USA)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: St Kilda Film Festival 2013 (VIC), Seen & Heard Film Fesitval 2013 (NSW), Hanoi International Film Festival 2013 (Vietnam), Cockatoo Island Film Festival 2012 (NSW), Red Hot Shorts @ ACMI 2012 (VIC), Mostra CineBH International Film Festival 2012 (Brazil), Interfilm Berlin KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth 2012 (Germany), Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival 2012 (Brazil), Melbourne International Film Festival 2012 (VIC) as part of the Accelerator program, Shorts Film Festival 2012 (SA), Dungog Film Festival 2012 (NSW), Byron Bay International Film Festival 2012 (NSW).
Selected as one of three scripts funded for Screen Australia’s 2011 Raw Nerve initiative, SWITCH is currently on the festival circuit, making its world premiere at Byron Bay International Film Festival in March 2012. SWITCH has so far received two international awards: at the LA Movie Awards, and Best Shorts Awards also in LA.
Written and directed by Phoebe Hartley, produced by Brendan Lee and executive produced by Marc Gracie, the 10 minute drama is set in an outer suburban skateboard park and explores the mounting tension between two sisters on an afternoon that changes everything. The talented young cast consists of rising stars Lucia Emmerichs (TANGLE, MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES), Dylan Russell (NEIGHBOURS) and then nine year old Quinn Cameron (ANNIE).
Writer/director Phoebe Hartley said, “The enthusiasm of our youthful actors was infectious. We had a ball rehearsing at the skateboard park location and watching Dylan do his stuff on the half-pipe. It’s wonderful to have such support when making a short film: from the industry bodies, from Knox City Council, and from our crew members, who are generously donating their time and talent.”