NSWNA film makers set to shine

The NSWNA is set to discover the next shining star in movieland at its inaugural International Nurses’ Day Short Film Festival. Julie Millard, RN, is one of our budding filmmakers lining up for the $5000 first prize!

Fledgling filmmaker and mental health nurse Julie Millard, RN, sees no conflict combining her two great passions.

Julie is hard at work writing, filming and producing her entry for the NSWNA’s inaugural International Nurses’ Day Short Film Festival.

‘Mental health nursing is my passion and my profession but I’ve always wanted to make documentaries. Filmmaking gives me the opportunity to work on breaking down discrimination barriers and reach more people,’ she told The Lamp.

‘It’s all about telling stories, personal stories … representing the lived experience of people who live with a mental illness. Naturally, my nursing informs my filmmaking. I think it’s a perfect partnership.’

Julie encourages any nurses considering entering to just get out there and go for it.

‘I say follow your creativity and trust your instincts – they won’t let you down,’ said Julie.

NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda hopes the competition will tap into nurses’ unique view of society.

‘As nurses we have always shared those hilarious, sad, awful, embarrassing, tragic, triumphant and cheeky moments with each other, our friends and our families. We think it is time some of those important stories were shared with the world,’ said Judith.

The inaugural NSWNA Short Film Festival will be held on 13 May 2009, during the week of International Nurses’ Day, at NIDA’s Parade Theatre, Kensington.

After the Sydney screening, the festival will be taken on the road in conjunction with NSWNA Regional Roadshow visits.

You can be as creative as you want. Your film can be a drama, comedy, documentary, animation, horror, musical or even a post-modern pastiche, so long as it is original, has nursing as its central theme, and is no longer than three minutes in length.

Your film must also have been produced within the last 18 months, not been shown at any other festival and had all music copyright-cleared.

First prize is $5000 and there will be two runner-up prizes of $2000 each.