Film festival update – Genere Celebration Fest + more

Some film festival updates for Seeing over the last week. We have been included in the following film festivals:

Genre Celebration Festival

Seeing is an Official Selection for Round 1 of Genre Celebration Festival. As the name suggests, this festival celebrates films of all genres. Seeing is in considerations for the category “Best Drama Short” with the winners to be announced July 10. This film festival has two selection rounds, with the best films from the year selected to screen live in Tokyo in December.

Hollywood Gold Awards

Seeing is in consideration in two categories of the monthly Hollywood Gold Awards:

  • Best Thriller
  • Best Original Score (by Nolan Furnell)

The list of finalists will be announced shortly, with a selection of short films screened every month at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles.

AltFF Alternative Film Festival

Seeing has been selected as a semi-finalist in the short film category for the Summer 2020 edition of AltFF Alternative Film Festival. AltFF is an IMDb eligible festival dedicated to encouraging filmmakers of all levels. The Summer Edition 2020 of AltFF will be an online-only event due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place in Toronto, Canada.

Prague International Monthly Film Festival

Seeing is in consideration for three categories of the Prague International Monthly Film Festival (PIFF):

  • Thriller Short Film
  • First Time Director (Short) (Patrick Smart)
  • Actress Short Film (Milla Ross)

We’ll find out the outcome July 7, 2020

Supporting the film

If you would like to support the award winning Seeing and other local film productions, you can sign up for an IMDB credit for Seeing on Fiverr or check out out t-shirts, tote bags and posters.


Join us for an online screening and Q&A

Hosted by Studio 138 Dubbo.

So many people have asked to watch Seeing we’ve decided to host a free online screening event on Saturday, June 27, 2020 @ 7 pm (Sydney, Australia time). As long as everything runs smoothly (and depending on how many questions we get), we should be done by 7.30/8 pm. If you would like to watch our online screening event, fill out your details below and we’ll be in touch with details on how to view the event.

Planned program:

  • Seeing trailer
  • Seeing short film
  • Slideshow of behind-the-scenes and stills from the film
  • Live Q&A – send in questions for our cast and crew to answer

Our Q&A panel will consist of:

  • Patrick Smart – Director
  • Daniel Rutter – Director of Photography
  • Nolan Furnell – Original Score
  • Milla Ross – Actor, “Izzi”
  • Shanae Gosper – Actor, “Michelle”
  • Daryl Rodda – Actor, “Roger”
  • Erifili Davis – Writer and Producer


“Seeing” wins film award

Behind the scenes and stills from Seeing short film. Original music: Nolan Furnell.

It’s been about 10 months since we’ve completed Seeing. You can find the full listing of our cast and crew on IMDB here:

We’ve entered into a few short film festivals and we have been recognised by a some of these from around the world, which is terrific. Unfortunately, some festivals have had to cancel, or at least cancel live screenings, due to COVID-19.

The big news is we have been awarded Best Thriller at the May edition of New York Movie Awards:

Seeing was also a finalist at the New York Movie Awards for the original score by local musician Nolan Furnell. Normally, New York Movie Awards hold live screenings for official selections, but these are currently suspended.

New York Movie Awards is a monthly international film festival. Their mission is to promote films, and be another step up in the filmmakers’ careers. Find us among the May winners here:

So what’s a film festival?

Film festivals these days come in lots of different formats. They are essentially a competition – filmmakers from around the world submit their film projects and a number of these are ‘officially selected’ or awarded in different categories by film festivals. Often film festivals have 100s of entries, typically with 10% to 50% ‘officially selected’. There might be different categories, for example, “Best Thriller” or “Best Original Music”.

Some film festivals have live screenings for films that have been officially selected (largely, these have been cancelled, suspended or postponed since March 2020). Other film festivals have online screenings. Others are award events, with a small number of films selected annually for a live or online screening.

Seeing film festival achievements

  • New York Film Awards: Winner, Best Thriller; Finalist, Best Original Score
  • Flickfair: Finalist, Live Action Short Film
  • Long Distance Film Fest: Semi-Finalist, Short Film
  • Top Indie Film Awards: Nominee, Best Original Idea; Nominee, Best Music
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival: Official Selection, Short Film
  • Focus International Film Festival: Official Selection, Short Film
  • One Eye Film Festival: Official Selection, Local Short Film

Where can we watch Seeing?

Currently, Seeing is not available publicly online, due to the rules of some film festivals we have entered. Later this year, we will be able to make the film available on YouTube. Shortly after, it will be made available on Amazon Prime Video.

Can I be a part of/support a short film project?

Sure! Click here to contact us and find out more.


Meet the cast – Shanae Gosper as Michelle

Born and raised in Dubbo, NSW, Shanae has performed with a number of theatre groups around Dubbo and the Central West (including Wesley House Players and the Dubbo Theatre Company) as well as in short film projects around the region. During her final year of schooling Shanae was cast as ‘Sharpay’ in the St Johns College version of ‘High School Musical’.

Upon graduating from high school in 2016, she joined the Black Box Creatives, taking the lead role in its first major production Living with Lady MacBeth and began learning the craft of directing under Camilla Ward. Her first stage directorial debut was Aesop’s Fables in 2019 which was a standout success and was followed by co-directing and acting in the BBC’s production of Girls Like That. Shanae is currently completing her Bachelor of Psychological Science at Swinburne University along with obtaining a Diploma in Graphic Design at Billy Blue School of Design.
And my profile photo on FB is my headshot but I will send

The role of Michelle was originally written for a male but the producer and director were so impressed by Shanae’s audition that Mitchell soon became Michelle.


Meet the cast – Milla Ross as Izzi

Photo of actress Milla Ross

Milla plays Izzi, the young woman tormented by her special ability.

“My name is Milla and I’m 18- soon to be 19-years old.

“I am super excited to be working on the production of Seeing to further my experience as an actor and broaden my skills. I’ve had lots of fun in the past on the stage, acting as one of Ariel’s sisters in The Little Mermaid JR and Heidi from a cut version of Dear Even Hanson, both produced by Dubbo Drama Club.

“I have little film experience, only helping out with an advertisement for my current employer, Old Dubbo Gaol. Acting has always intrigued me and I’ve wanted to be a part of the industry for quite a few years now. This opportunity is amazing and I’m thrilled to be a part of it all.”