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    Made with a message of hope, Rites of Passage is a raw, uncensored and honest film inspired by the life experiences of the young people involved in the making of this powerful feature-length drama. Six interwoven stories show these teenagers negotiating the dangers and discoveries of their age and because the cast were also the crew what emerges is a self portrait of resilient kids responding to the challenges surrounding them. They might live in public housing and come from families that have seen disadvantage and hardship. But with frankness and courage, these young people have dipped below the surface of their often tough exteriors to reveal what’s going on inside their lives.

    WINNER: Special Jury Mention: Warsaw Film Festival
    Free Spirit Competition
    (for independent and rebellious films from around the world)
    Warsaw is one of 14 events recognized by the International Federation
    of Film Producers Associations ( as international
    competative film festivals – next to Cannes, Venice and Berlin.
    Oct 2013

    Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults
    In Competition: Films Made by Adults for Children and Young Adults
    Sept 2013 Auburn, Australia

    Sao Paolo International Film Festival (Mostra)
    Nominated for International Jury Award: New Filmmakers Competition
    Oct 2013

    WINNER: Best Editing: Cyprus International Film Festival
    Golden Aphrodite Competition: First Feature Premieres, Oct 2013

    Oulu International Film Festival for Children and Young People
    Nominated for Tomorrow Award.
    Nov 2013

    WINNER: Most Innovative Production, OVAS (Online Video Awards) Australia
    Also Nominated for Best Drama and Best Collaboration
    Oct 2014

    Social Justice Film Festival
    Seattle, USA, Oct 2013

    Bolder Life Festival
    Colorado, USA, Nov 2013

    WINNER: People’s Choice Award: Bay Street Film Festival
    Thunder Bay, Canada, Sept 2013

    WINNER: Best Director: First Feature
    Colorado International Film Festival, Aug 2013

    WINNER: Honorable Mention
    International Film Awards Berlin, Aug 2013

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    Films made in the Illawarra, including the trailer and 3 scenes from the feature film "Rites of Passage", the award winning short film "2506" and two versions of an anti-smoking ad.
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