In the NSW-wide 2015 Linguafest competition, four of our Year 8 French filmmakers (Bailey McKissock, Tom Bateson, Will Gallen & Tom Pereira) have shown their quality. Their short film “Les Lundis” has competed against other foreign language films in a competition run by the Modern Language Teachers Association (MLTA). All films were required to be no more than 2 minutes in length and around “An Excuse”. The final requirement was that the object “an icecream” needed to appear somewhere in the film. Our finalist team travelled through extreme conditions to see the screening of all finalists (including their own film “Les Lundis”) on 20 November at the Dendy Cinema at Circular Quay. Each school was allocated 9 tickets, so happily each filmmaker was able to invite a parent to the event.

Linguafest films were judged based on their accuracy in using language as well as their creativity and performance skills. At stake were both the grand prize of $300 and certificates in the following categories: Best Concept, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Highly Commended overall.

The event began with a welcome address by Gillian Cordy, President of the MLTA, who explained that 80+ films had been submitted to the competition from all around NSW. Only 21 schools made the final cut. We then viewed all films: 6 submission from Years 5-6, 7 films from our age group (Years 7-8), and 12 films from Years 9-10. Like our film “Les Lundis”, many films were in French, but we also enjoyed films in Italian, Russian, German, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese & Spanish. We were very impressed with the standard both of foreign language spoken and the creativity!

But best of all, MCNS’s “Les Lundis”, together with Cerdon College’s “La glace qui manque” shared the award for Best Editing. Cerdon’s team was from Years 9-10, so WELL DONE to our boys: Bailey, Will, Tom P & Tom B! When the MC asked our team what their favourite part of the process was, Bailey aptly answered, “making the best film we could.” To the MC’s next question (And did you do the best you could?), he replied without hesitation “yes.” C’est fantastique!!! MCNS parents and teachers are nothing short of thrilled with this success! The Overall Winner went to “Eis, eis, baby” by Sutherland Shire Christian School (Years 9-10), and the People’s Choice Award went to “Alasan apa lagi” (Any other excuses) by Carlton Public School (Years 5-6).

All the film finalists’ works can be viewed (shortly) on www.youtube.com/mltaofnsw

Madame Jensen

French Teacher