Where are they now: we chart the stories of St Kilda winners from twenty years ago

The careers of emerging practitioners can inch forward. But the subsequent adventures of the 2001 St Kilda Film Festival winners are surely a reason for hope.

Deep in the Screenhub archives we happened on the award winners for the 2001 St Kilda Film Festival.

What happened to the winners?

Best short film went to Maciek Wszelaki for Sparky D Comes to Town which also won the Dendy at the Sydney Film Festival. He was a marine engineer in Poland who migrated to Australia, went to VCA and made successful guerrilla docs.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.