An Australian short film has been selected for the 39th Telluride Film Festival.
Directed by AAP journalist Sam and brother Tom McKeith, Rain is set in Western Sydney and follows a pregnant teenager seeking shelter from a storm.
Rain will be shown within the festival’s Film-makers of Tomorrow program.
The film was self-funded and made with the support of MetroScreen.
Joining Rain is Hopscotch/eOne distributed-feature film, The Sapphires, which has just become the highest grossing local film in 2012.
The McKeith’s first short film Pig was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 and has since screened in more than 20 film festivals.
Tom said: “”I was blown away when I got the news that Rain has been selected for Telluride this year. It’s a very simple story that was made with a lot of passion and heart, and I’m just so happy it’s resonated with the festival organizers.
Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires, will screen in the feature program alongside Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell among others. The Sapphires is also due to screen at Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival runs from 31 August to 3 September.
Writer/ Director/Producer: Tom and Sam McKeith
Director of Photography: Joshua Flavell
Editor: Alan Harca
Production Design: Bianca Spiegel
Cast: Madeleine Levins, Harry Tompsett, Penny Pedersen