Executive Producer and company director, Mr Michael Lee was delighted with the news, hoping it is a sign of things to come. “We are very pleased with the news and hoping it serves as momentum for Benny as the international festival season approaches,” he said.
“Like many short films, both were produced on a very small budget and it really is a testament to the small group of people that have combined to bring the creative vision to life – from page to screen,” he added.
Mr Lee also mentioned that the awards success ensure that these exciting creative collaborations are here to stay.
“I’ve been blessed to work with Morgan and Sam of Wayward Productions, we certainly share a love of comedy and the practicality of getting things off the ground and I can’t say enough positive things about the talent of Mandella Saaid. So yes, we can expect some more projects soon.”
La Poupee was filmed back in 2015 and stars Alex Zamfir in an absurd buddy detective genre film, while dark comedy Benny is written, directed and produced by Mr Saaid while in his final year studying at the Academy of Film Theatre and Television in Sydney.
Lee also features as a lead actor in both films, a trend that looks to continue as he eyes the road ahead.
“The concept of self-producing is something I took on board after attending a producers Masterclass held by Bobby Galinsky and I know it is something that helps me stay proactive in an industry that is still relatively new to me and I know my agent Charmaine (Gilchrist) appreciates this, which is so important.
“I am also currently in the final stages of securing an option agreement for an exciting Australian autobiography and have just completed a feature script that centres around the 70s and 80s rock scene in Australia. So there is lots to look forward to as I open up to attracting more experienced producers as I begin to seek funding to get these major projects off the ground.” He added.
La Poupee & Benny will be available for online purchase in 2018.
About the Awards
The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theindiefest.com
In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, recipients join the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, A Path Appears Documentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively, Radical Grace executive produced by Susan Sarandon, a searing expose Davids and Goliath by Leon Lee, and Touched with Fire starring Katie Holmes.
Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”