A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne has won China's most prestigious foreign short student film award.
The film 'Deeper Than Yesterday' directed by Ariel Kleiman received the award last night at the 9th Beijing Film Academy's International Student Film and Video Festival, from a field of over one hundred entries from thirty-five countries.
The crowded closing night audience of over 1,000 filmmakers, students and embassy officials from nine countries was amazed that the film, set entirely in a Russian submarine and spoken in Russian, was made in Australia, by a third year undergraduate student.
Accepting the 'Golden Award' on behalf of director and crew, VCA Head of Film and TV, Ian Lang said the award was gratifying for all VCA students and staff making powerful works that cross cultures.
"At 60 years old, the Beijing Film Academy is one of the world's oldest and most respected film schools - so we're absolutely thrilled to be part of their success," he said.