Cape Town filmmaker Ari Kruger has been shortlisted for the Australian Tropfest 2011 Awards which is the worlds largest short film festival. He is the only international candidate to make it to the finals.
The total prize is worth $100 000 in cash and prizes.
Over 700 entries came in from across Australia and the world. Kruger will be flown in to walk the red carpet for Tropfest on the 20th of February to attend the screening.
Kruger sees the nomination as a big boost to his film career. “Australia has a strong film industry with a lot of talented and creative filmmakers and I’m sure that being there will be inspiring and motivate me to keep making films.”
Kruger’s film is called Focus. Its a love story and it’s a black and white piece driven by voice over. The score is composed by Rus Nerwich.
Kruger has been in the South African film industry for several years.
“I’ve been working in animation and VFX in post production since 2003, working on commercials and music videos. I’ve freelanced for some of the top post and animation studios here in Cape Town as well as Sydney. Alongside my working career I’ve constantly been making short films. I started by making them cheaply using any means that I had at my disposal, from borrowing a camera to using my friends as actors. “
Check out the official tropfest website here.