Mason School of Art | Best Experimental Film Sydney World Film Festival- Andrea Benge
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Best Experimental Film Sydney World Film Festival- Andrea Benge

Best Experimental Film Sydney World Film Festival- Andrea Benge

We are so proud to announce that MFA student Andrea Benge, known for ANDiLAND, has been awarded the Best Experimental Film award at the Sydney World Film Festival for her short Desert Air. In addition, Benge received a Tarkovsky Grant.

ANDiLAND ๐Ÿฐ is a multi-media artist ๐ŸŽจ working in the realm of sex ๐Ÿ‘„ & violence. ๐Ÿ”ช Raised in the plastic ๐Ÿ’‹ wonderland of Southern California, ๐ŸŒธ her work โœจ has been shown all around the country ๐Ÿ’— including Slamdance Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival and Sydney World Film Fest. ๐ŸŒˆ

Desert Air is a dark journey down the rabbit hole of a turbulent female adolescence.

โ€œThe theme this year was inspired by the incredible resilience and creativity evidenced by our community and our team over the past few unprecedented months,โ€ said Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter. โ€œThe shared journey ahead for Slamdanceโ€™s filmmakers, alumni community, and organization is to โ€˜Greenlight Yourselfโ€™ and triple down on not only who we are, but how we can continue expanding the many ways we support the filmmakers who are the future of independent filmmaking.โ€

In addition to the U.S., this yearโ€™s selection of films comes from Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Lithuania, Romania, the UK, and Taiwan.

The festivalโ€™s new program featured 22 short films from up-and-coming disabled filmmakers, feature actors with disabilities, or highlight the conversation of disabilities in todayโ€™s world.

Unstoppable is entirely programmed by disabled artists and the programโ€™s mission is to amplify the contributions of the disabled community and advocate for their rightful inclusion in our industry.

Congratulations Andi, this award was well deserved!

Learn more about Desert Air!


Artist Statement:

My work ๐Ÿฐ invites viewers ๐Ÿค— through the looking glass of reality ๐ŸŒˆ down the rabbit hole ๐Ÿ˜ˆ of my personal female ๐Ÿ‘„ psyche, a dreamworld ๐Ÿญ otherwise known as ๐Ÿ”ช ANDiLAND. ๐Ÿงจ Working in several media, my campy paintings๐ŸŽจ, kitschy ๐Ÿ’— sculptures and mischievous โœจ videos create a whimsical ๐Ÿงจ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿฉ wonderland ๐ŸŒธ of immersive sensory overloads. ๐Ÿ‡ I interrogate ๐Ÿ’„ the idea of women and violence โš”๏ธ through the lens of popular culture ๐Ÿ’˜ utilizing the language of ๐ŸŽ‰ entertainment & simulacra. Exploiting ๐Ÿ’‰ the female โ€œgrotesqueโ€ ๐Ÿ‘„ I examine the superficial ๐ŸŒˆ construct of reality ๐Ÿฉ and play with the voluptuous ๐Ÿ”ฅ danger lurking beneath the sticky ๐Ÿ’‹ sweet surface ๐Ÿฐ.


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