Two awards for FIDA footy film

Jesse Maskell (left) and Mark Hellinger.

Jesse Maskell (left) and Mark Hellinger.

Mark Hellinger and Jesse Maskell have won the People’s Choice and Cultural Diversity awards at the 2015 Setting Sun Short Film Festival. Their film Road To Glory tells the story of the Williamstown Seagulls FIDA Football Club in the lead up to their thrilling 2014 premiership.

The club plays in a league for footballers with intellectual disabilities. “Diversity is the only way forward. These awards are for anyone who knows there are people on the margins, and that we need to welcome them in,” said Jesse Maskell. Mark Hellinger acknowledged the generosity of the club and players in allowing the filmmakers to spend time with them over a number of weeks.

The Setting Sun Short Film Festival is based in Melbourne’s west, with the awards, and most screenings, held at the art-deco Sun Theatre in Yarraville.

“I grew up coming here and walking out with stars in my eyes,” said Jesse Maskell, “so it’s really special to watch our film on the big screen. We thank the theatre, the sponsors, the festival’s director  – Anna Bourozikas, and all the film-makers.”

Road To Glory: …

Setting Sun Short Film Festival

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