The Australian Catholic Film Office has joined with the International Catholic Film Organisation in announcing Mike Daley's Intransit as this year's winner in the category of Best Short Film Promoting Human Values at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
    Intransit is the story of a 16 year old man who needs to break free of the father within and without in his bid to emerge into adulthood.
    Jury chair, and Director of the Australian Catholic Film Office, Fr Richard Leonard said, "In seven minutes Intransit conveys in a vivid and powerful way how a young adolescent man in Australia has to confront his history and fears in his quest to emerge into masculine maturity."
    "Mike Daly is a student at the Australian Television Film and Radio School in Sydney," said Fr Leonard. "He demonstrates in this short film a keen and exciting visual sensibility and a sophisticated appreciation of the human values necessary for the best story telling."
    The jury highly commended Cate Shortland's Joy. Ironically named, this film explores the desolate world of a young adolescent woman seeking security, love and belonging.
    "The jury was struck by how both these films portray some of the issues in the lives of young Australians," said Fr Leonard. "We need to be aware more than ever of the hope and warning contained in these films. We ignore their message at our peril."
9 Aug 00

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