Petersham boy’s film selected to compete among best in the world

PETERSHAM 11-year-old, Caleb Willdin Cole has just made his directorial debut with hilarious short film ‘Pigeon Games’ and critics are already swooping in to praise the young auteur.

Caleb has now been selected for the 2019 Smartfone Flick Fest Kids Finals (SF3), a film festival which features the very best 12 films from around the world made by filmmakers 16 years and under, all of which have been shot and edited entirely on a smartphone.
As the offspring of two successful creatives, the budding director has been exposed to the art of storytelling his whole life, so it stands to reason the natural ease in which he’s able to connect with his audiences.
“When I was attending Australian Film and Television Radio School (AFTRS), those who ran the workshops let me bring Caleb in plus I also took him to my writing groups at the NSW writing centre and he would be there, happily playing away on the iPad, not even knowing he was picking up skills,” Caleb’s proud mother Sharon said.
SF3 Kids Finals will be held at Event Cinemas in George Street on Saturday, September 14, with the screening featuring a red carpet, photo wall, a Q&A with filmmakers and industry professionals as well as a workshop.
Ambassadors of the Australian made SF3 festival, which attracts filmmakers all over the world, include Aussie/Hollywood Director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence, Dead Calm), as well as actor David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, 300).
“A filmmaker with a smartphone is only limited by the boundaries of the imagination,” Wenham said.
The festival will be held September 14-15 at Event Cinemas in Sydney.