Guest speakers: Flynn Mazza and Kale McQuade

…talked to members about their Film Making and fundraising efforts.


From a young age, Flynn azza and Kale McQuade have had a very strong passion for film making. So in 2017, they decided to test their talents by entering a short film into the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF).

Held in America, New Zealand and Australia, the IYSFF allows young and aspiring filmmakers to produce a 3-minute-long, silent short film. The top three finalists from every region then get the opportunity to have their films screened to an international audience in Portland, USA for the World Grand Final.

Flyn and Kale’s entry ‘Out of Time’, – a time-travel orientated short film – took three months to produce and film. The film was shortlisted as one of the 17 Victorian regional finalists and was screened at the Astor threatre in St Kilda, where it won the Audience Choice Award!

In 2018, the young filmmakers went for a much more abitious story and production. They also reached out to local businesses and used Holgate Brewhouse and Red Wine Bar & Bistro as locations. The short film – a murder mystery titled ‘Suspected’ – was once again shortlistd as one of the 16 Victorian regional finalists at the regional awards ceremony and screening. The film took home first place!

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As a result, in June this year, Flynn and Kale will be travelling over to Portland, Oregon, to represent Australia in the World Grand Final, and at the festival of film activities leading up to it.

They’ve started their GoFundMe page (click here) to try and help make the trip possible, as they have to pay all their own expenses. You can support Flynn and Kale by making a donation or buy buying a snag from them at the Coles BBQs being held on 6th April from 10am-2pm (sponsored by Sacred Heart College) and 13th April from 10am-2pm, when they’ll be running the monthly Woodend Rotary BBQ. All proceeds from the 2 days will go to help them achieve their goal.

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Flynn Mazza and Kale McQuade spoke to our club on 7th March 2019.


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