FILM FINALIST: Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover.
FILM FINALIST: Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover. Contributed

Mur’bah finalist in movie fest

PLOVERS can be pretty frightening birds and that terror was the inspiration for Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins’ short film, now a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival screening this Sunday.

Robins said The Plover was the second short film she’d had in the finals of SIPFest, after a previous entry came in second place.

“It’s really exciting to get a finalist position because I think it’s something that’s becoming more and more popular,” Robins said.

“There’s always a lot of amazing entries.”

Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover.
Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover. Contributed

The Plover is set in the 1970s and tells the story of a young man, Henry, whose biggest obstacle to jumping on ‘it girl’ Angie’s trampoline is an aggressive plover.

The 2D animation recently won Best Animation at the Peninsula Film Festival, the Open Animation award in the Shepparton Short Film Festival this month and placed in the top 32 in Tropfest.

“I think it’s really, really nice,” Robins said.

“This is what we want to do as a career and it all helps towards building up a reputation and a portfolio.”

Robins has been working in film for years now, with a focus on animation and production.

Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover.
Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover. Contributed

Her previous work, Rosie O’Rosey’s Big Speech, won several awards across the country, including Aurora Short Film Festival’s Best Film in 2013.

Robins, who works with director Clutch Kable, said they were also working on some other projects.

“We’ve got a TV show we’re working on and a feature film which we’re hoping to distribute ourselves next year,” she said.

Robins, who has lived in Murwillumbah for more than 20 years, works in retail but hopes to make film- making a full-time gig.

FINALIST FLICK: Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover.
FINALIST FLICK: Murwillumbah woman Sheraden Robins is a finalist in the Shorts in Paradise Festival for her short film, The Plover. Contributed

SIPFest is the result of a partnership between Surfers Paradise Alliance and Gold Coast Film Festival and showcases a diverse range of topics, styles and genres.

For more, visit www.gc filmfestival.com/SIPFest.

SIPFest

  • Fourteen of Australia’s best short films will be screened at Surfers Paradise Beach on April 3 from 6.30pm.
  • The festival boasts prizes totalling $10,000.


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