Young film-maker beats academy award-winner

Journey: an award-winning film by Radheya Jegatheva
Journey: an award-winning film by Radheya Jegatheva

Congratulations are due once again to Radheya Jegatheva, a talented young film-maker from Australia on his latest triumph: he’s just beaten an Academy Award winner at his own game!

Radheya is the 17-year-old son of Second Life’s Jayjay Zifanwe of UWA fame – his also an aspiring film-maker I’ve been avidly watching since catching initial footage of his then work-in-progress piece Journey, and have previously cover his short films, the machinima piece The Tyger, in July 2016 and his live action piece for the #MyFreoStory video competition in May 2016.

Radheya Jegatheva: young filmmaker and machinima maker
Radheya Jegatheva: young filmmaker and machinima maker

However it is with Journey – a story of two astronauts stranded in space – that Radheya has once again triumphed at the Port Shorts Film Festival – and in doing so, has bested 2015 Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne at his  own game!

Osborne, who won his Oscar in 2015 for the animated short film Feast, has submitted a film to the Port Shorts Film Festival entitled Pearl. However, the judging panel comprising actor and comedian Stephen Curry, executive producer Matt Hearn and Australian Film Industry Awards nominated screenwriter Kier Shorey, handed the award to Radheya.

Curry heaped praise on Journey, stating, “it baggers belief that a 17-year-old could produce such a polished and high quality film.”

As Radheya was unable to attend the event, one of the leading Australian film festivals, in person, Curry ensured he was on the telephone as the award announcements were made.

An effective-laden scene from Journey
An effects laden scene from Journey

“It was absolutely incredible to hear the winners’ announcement live and then to hear them call out Journey as the overall winner – I could hardly speak, I didn’t know what to say,” Radheya said. “I was so happy to be short-listed as that meant my film would be shown at the festival in illustrious company. I didn’t think for a second I would actually win.”

The win for Journey at Port Shorts Film Festival is part of a double triumph for Radheya: at the end of October 2016, the film took the Best Film award at the Willoughby Shorts Film Festival held in Sydney, Australia.

Once again, congratulations to a talents film-maker on both awards.

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