Canberra filmmaker Christian Doran is on his way to Hollywood this week after receiving the Judges’ Choice Award in the Nova Employment – Focus on Ability Short Film Competition.
The prize is worth $10,000 and includes six weeks of accommodation in the Hollywood Hills, introductions to key industry players and learning from other Australians who have had success in Hollywood.
“I am so excited to be heading to LA. I want to make all of my films in Australia, Canberra if possible, but to understand the industry in the states is to have a foot in the door on a much bigger career,” Christian says.
Christian’s film, Daniel De Luca, was selected from 100 shorts that all focused on the ability of people who are labeled as disabled. Starring local Blue World Orderdirector Dallas Bland, the film told the story of a man with autism.
Christian and Dallas have worked together before, winning second place in the Mobile Masterpieces competition at Tropfest in 2012.
In his spare time, Christian plans to meet with high profile script editor Regina Lee and casting agents.
“Face to face time is so valuable in this industry because you get to build a relationship with the person, and not just be another email to be ignored,” he says.
Christian’s latest short, Echoes, received 20,000 views within 24 hours of being posted to YouTube and is still growing. Echoes was made for the Light Canberra Action Film Festival and has now been picked up for a run in the Dark Passages web series in the US before hitting film festivals around the world.