Radical storytelling leads to big success on the international film festival circuit
An experimental multi-screen short film created by a UTS Master of Animation student has been selected by judging panels to screen at eight international film festivals.
Attracting the attention of film curators from around the world, Imagining Time, is expected to be selected to screen at more festivals in the coming months. It has also been selected for screening at this year’s Sydney International Film Festival.
Created by Jelena Sinik, the animated film is a 90-second visual adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which tackles issues surrounding mental health and the notion of identity.
Creator of Imagining Time, UTS Master of Animation student Jelena Sinik.
“I think what really resonated with the judging panels is that it’s a very human story with broad universal themes such as introversion and anxiety – issues which many of us can easily relate to regardless of where we’re from,” says Jelena.
Blending a mixture of light hearted, quirky humour with melancholic sadness, audiences are taken on a journey through an unexpected dialogue between ideas.
“I've always loved the work of T.S. Eliot and this poem especially reminded me of the friend who ended up being the inspiration for the protagonist of this piece,” she explained.
“I was really intrigued with the idea of how to make a film about who someone is, when they themselves don’t know who they are. I felt like I was trying to solve a puzzle; it was a very challenging yet satisfying experience.”
The film was produced as part of the Experimental Narrative Media Studio at UTS, which allowed Jelena to explore unconventional filmmaking techniques such as split screen architecture.
“I was delighted to be in a space that nurtured what is normally a misunderstood format. The creative freedom I’m allowed at UTS has certainly pushed me to explore beyond what I thought was possible.”
At just 22, the talented filmmaker experienced great success with adapting poetry into film at a young age. Her undergraduate film, a 2D paint-on-glass rendition of Dorothea Mackellar's iconic Australian poem My Country, was selected for an astonishing 16 film and animation festivals worldwide and nominated for a number of awards. The film was made in collaboration with now fellow UTS student, Ralph Stevenson, for their Bachelor degrees at UNSW.
“I’ve had three films selected for festivals. They’re all very different styles, using a range of techniques, so my plan with undertaking postgraduate study is to discover my own signature artistic style and equip myself with cutting-edge industry skills.’
The decision has certainly paid off. This year, Jelena will be working on an animated piece for Vivid Sydney 2016 as part of a collaborative initiative between UTS and Ample Projects. She’ll also continue to work as a freelancer for UNSWtv where she produces educational-themed videos.
Imagining Time will be screened at:
- Official Selection & Winner, Best Animation, Freshflix Film Festival 2016 (Australia)
- Official Selection & Nomination, Weimar Poetry Film Prize, Backup_festival 2016 (Germany)
- Official Selection, Animation Program, Sydney International Film Festival 2016 (Australia)
- Official Selection, Australian Showcase, Melbourne International Animation Festival 2016 (Australia)
- Official Selection, Australian Showcase Tour, Australian International Animation Festival 2016
- Official Selection, Short Film, Wellington Underground Film Festival 2016 (New Zealand)
- Official Selection, Animation, Athens Animfest 2016 (Greece)
- Official Selection, Experimental Film, Cinevision Film Festival 2016 (USA)
You can learn more about Jelena on her website (opens an external site)