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L-R: Kaela Halatau, Andrew Silberstein, Sophia Vertannes, Jennifer Friend, Brodie Rowlands, Stephen Bartley, David Downey and Cat Albright-Peakall. Photo by Anthony Tran.


Revelation Film Festival & City of Vincent Announce Winning Submissions

Revelation Perth International Film Festival has announced the winning submissions for its third commissioning collaboration with the City of Vincent with the City of Vincent Film Project.

Each documentary receives $5,000 to showcase stories in and about the City of Vincent. The project aims to represent Vincent, its residents and their stories, as well as provide emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their film making talents.

In 2019/2020, the initiative received a record number of entries and the three selected works will premiere at a special gala screening at the 2020 Revelation Perth International Film Festival in July. All teams will be mentored throughout the entire process to produce the best quality work possible.

Revelation Perth International Film Festival is supported through Screenwest’s Audience Community Engagement Fund which aims to provide home grown opportunities for WA practitioners to see their work on the “big screen” and to engage with Western Australian audiences. The festival is proudly supported by the Australian and Western Australian governments through Screenwest, Lotterywest, Screen Australia and the City of Vincent.

Pre-production will now commence with a series of workshops hosted by the City of Vincent.


2020 City of Vincent Film Project Winning Submissions


  • Producer/Director: David Downey
  • Editor: Cat Albright-Peakall
  • Sound: Erin Devinish

Since 2011, The Spirit of the Streets Choir has provided an environment where people from all walks of life and all social backgrounds can come together in​ song and friendship.

Based at the St Albans Church Hall in Highgate, the choir​ provides an opportunity for people who experience social exclusion or​ disadvantage to participate as active members of a performing choir in a safe,​ welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

This documentary will tell the​ story of the choir as they regroup after their Christmas break and prepare for​ their first big gig of the year.



  • Producer: Jennifer Friend
  • Writer/Director: Stephen Bartley
  • Cinematographer: Andrew Silberstein
  • Editor and Sound: Kaela Halatau
  • Talent: Alex Cearns OAM

The fires that have devastated Australia have left behind countless injured and orphaned animals.

This story is about rescued kangaroo joeys and their adoption by human carers.  Presenting this documentary is City of Vincent resident, Alex Cearns, OAM, a world-renowned animal photographer and advocate for rescued Australian animals.

We follow Alex as she leads us into the quirky world of kangaroo care and discover the astonishing and heart-warming stories behind Raising Joey.



  • Producer: Sophia Vertannes
  • Writer/Director: Brodie Rowlands
  • Cinematographer: Alice Stephans
  • Sound: Zain Awan

Giving the provocation “if these walls could talk…” to various owners and inhabitants of unique, architecturally interesting or palpably intimate buildings, THESE WALLS is a short poetic​ documentary that will bring these stores and their essence to life through dance and​ sound design.​ Dancers of different forms and ages respond to the stories and architecture inside the homes within the City of Vincent.

THESE WALLS uses performers from different dance backgrounds (a contemporary dancer, an​ Indian Classical Bharatanatyam dancer and a young ballet dancer) who will​ respond to both the stories from the owners and the architectural space and unique objects​ that exist in the space.

The work will feel nostalgic and familiar and bring a new perspective​ onto the buildings that may go unnoticed in our everyday experience in the City of Vincent. We​ hope these stories will get audiences to think about their own relationship to home.


Previous City of Vincent Film Project Success Stories

Previous films created as a part of this grant continue to screen in festivals around the world and have enjoyed great success.

  • ONE GIRLS FIRE – DOP Mahmudul Raz won the 2019 Australian Cinematographer society Gold Award for Dramatised Documentary
  • THE THROWBACK – won Best Short, Grand Prize Winner, Best International Short, Best Director and Best Documentary in the Canada Shorts Film Festival
  • PERSIA’S PANTRY – nominated for Best Documentary Short and Groundbreaking Documentary at the Changing Face International Film Festival
  • THE BEEMAN – Best Short Documentary finalist at SAE ATOM Awards and producer Cody Greenwood named in SPA’s “Ones To Watch” program
  • QUALITY TIME – awarded a Vimeo “staff pick” and has now received almost 50,000 online views

2019 project winner, THE THROWBACK’s director Louise Bertoncini, said she loved being selected for the project. “The freedom you are given as a filmmaker is incredibly exciting and it provides the opportunity to test the waters and learn what type of work you want to make in the future. I can’t recommend it highly enough!”


About Revelation Perth International Film Festival

Acclaimed as one of Western Australia’s leading international film festivals, Revelation is an annual screen culture event dedicated to presenting independent cinema from around the globe in a context that explores film’s great traditions, its contemporary movements and its future directions.

For more information please visit the Revelation website


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Posted 16 January 2020

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