Going beyond the media blockade of Australia’s apocalyptic megafires first-hand, Infernocaptures the volunteer firefighters who fought against all odds protecting their communities from total annihilation.
Directed by Samuel Rodwell, Inferno has been selected to screen at two Academy Award® qualifying film festivals for 2022, which includes St Kilda Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival respectively.
St Kilda Film Festival will be the Victorian premiere for Inferno and will screen in-competition during Australia’s Top Short Film Competition on May 29th.
Rodwell commented: “I’m incredibly excited and privileged to have our Victorian premiere for Inferno at St Kilda Film Festival. My respect for the festival’s ethos and the calibre of short films they’ve supported, has been absolute for me personally since its inception.”
Cinequest Film Festival, in California’s Silicon Valley, will screen the innovative firefighting frontline short later in the year, that will also mark the film’s US premiere.
“Cinequest is known for showcasing innovative works within filmmaking and emerging technology. Which within the context of how Inferno was made, the experimental nature and technological approaches that were done to achieve the final film – were resourcefully innovative one can describe. Thus, for me, it feels incredibly fitting and a pleasure to have Inferno introduced to American audiences at Cinequest Film Festival,” Rodwell stated.
Beginning the year strong for filmmaker Samuel Rodwell, Inferno recently screened in-competition for the Best Australian Short Documentary at Antenna Documentary Film Festival back in February.
While in January, Rodwell was highly commended for 2022 Young Citizen of the Year by Orange City Council for his filmic achievements, inspirational determination, and bravery in capturing the firefighting frontlines on Inferno.
“I’m absolutely humbled to have Inferno embraced by not only these two fantastic festivals but by all the festival screenings the film has had across Australia and the globe over 2021 to now.”
“I’m still in awe at how far the film has come, from an unknown ambitious, experimental production being produced in regional NSW to screening at some of the best film festivals in the world, it truly has been an interesting creative journey.”
“Once the film festival circuit for Inferno is completed around the end of 2022, I personally look forward to showcasing the film publicly, whether that will be across broadcast or online platforms.”
Inferno received production funding from the Orange Regional Arts Foundation in assistance with the NSW Rural Fire Service.
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