Alethea Jones took out the top prize at yesterday’s Tropfest Film Festival with Lemonade Stand, a charming short film about a man, his grandad, their lemonade stand and their nosy neighbour. Like the rest of the entrants, she had to incorporate this year’s light bulb theme (you’ll notice them decorating the stand), and she used a whole bunch of camera techniques for her short, including animation. Her work impressed a celebrity panel of judges that included Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette, while Tropfest founder and director John Polson weighed in with his praise, saying, “Lemonade Stand is an incredibly well made film and a favourite amongst the judges. There was intense discussion in the judging room, and some really interesting debates. Alethea should be very proud to have been selected by some of the industry’s greatest talent.” As a result, Alethea took home a $10,000 cash prize, a trip to LA to meet with film industry executives, agents, and managers, and a brand new Nikon D800 and lens prize pack.
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