Calling the Shots

Phunktional connected young people from diverse backgrounds with film-making professionals to create three broadcast-quality short films.

Between 2010 & 2015, Artistic Director Gerard Veltre and professional guest artists travelled to Mildura on a regular basis to facilitate ongoing arts workshops and provide artistic expertise. Project participants included youth from indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), and non-indigenous backgrounds in the Mildura region. The social issues explored during the project included bullying, depression, racism, drug use, risk-taking behaviour and relationships in marginalised rural settings.

On May 2nd 2015, these films were showcased at ACMI and the event was opened by Noel Tovey AM with Wesley Enoch as MC and panel host. Additional screenings of the films at ACMI were on May 16th and May 30th, 2015.

The films have featured in numerous international film festivals and have won international awards: