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Great Southern Grammar students and teacher clean up at Cinesnaps Short Film Competition in Busselton

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Nathan Jacobs, Carlos Sanson Jr, Henry Baker, Zara Zoe and Myles Pollard.
Camera IconNathan Jacobs, Carlos Sanson Jr, Henry Baker, Zara Zoe and Myles Pollard. Credit: CinefestOz

Great Southern Grammar students brushed shoulders with Australian film industry stars in Busselton last week when they triumphed at the Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.

Henry Baker took home the inaugural $1000 prize for best film in the Year 10-12 category at the 2022 Cinesnaps Short Film Awards for his movie Lemon and the Pelicans.

Fellow student Colin Ferreira won best film in the Year 7-9 category for his film Mars...Maybe Not.

The runners-up in that category also hailed from GSG, namely students Edward Baker, Maxwell Cruse and Thomas North with their film, W-Files.

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Alex Williams, Myles Pollard, Zara Zoe, Katie Gunning, Maxwell Cruise, Colin Ferreira, Edward Baker and Carlos Sanson Jr.
Camera IconAlex Williams, Myles Pollard, Zara Zoe, Katie Gunning, Maxwell Cruise, Colin Ferreira, Edward Baker and Carlos Sanson Jr. Credit: CinefestOz

To cap a triumphant evening for the school, the 2022 Cinesnaps Champion Teacher award went to GSG media studies teacher Katie Gunning.

Principal Mark Sawle said he was proud of the school’s success in the competition, held as part of the annual CinefestOz film festival.

“Fostering our students’ creativity is a priority for our teaching staff as it encourages innovation, problem solving and motivates them to learn,” Mr Sawle said.

“Katie is a phenomenal educator and highly deserving of the Cinesnaps Champion Teacher.

“Her students thrive under her leadership and we are lucky to have her teaching our young people.”

The students’ films were judged by a panel of film industry heavyweights, including Myles Pollard, Zara Zoe and Carlos Sanson Jr.

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