Ryan directing
Ryan directing

Local filmaker spends time with the stars in Cannes

FORMER Centenary SHS school captain, and talented filmmaker Ryan Greaves, is for the next two weeks fulfilling a long held ambition as an official guest at the prestigious Cannes film festival.

Travelling with a small group of honours graduates from Griffith University's Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production course, Ryan will be presenting two of his short films, 'Alienation' (writer/director) and 'Hopeless' (producer) at the Short Film Corner 'Court Metrage'.

The event, which runs throughout the Cannes festival from May 13th-25th is designed to showcase the talents of upcoming film makers from around the world.

The Festival de Cannes provides an amazing opportunity to network with the industry's leading producers, directors, writers and actors in the most prestigious film market in the world.

Already locked in to Ryan's diary are meetings with the heads of Screen West, Screen Queensland and the Berlin film festival; the opening night presentation of Mad Max with George Miller, Charleze Theron and Tom Hardy; and, an actor's workshop with Blue Velvet's Isabella Rossellini.

Ryan says, "Although this is obviously the highlight so far, Centenary SHS and Griffith University have provided amazing diverse opportunities for me to indulge my passion and hone my skills as a film-maker."

"In addition to producing and directing my own short films, I have been able to gain experience working on a number of music videos with talented Brisbane bands, such as The Jungle Giants and Violent Soho. I have also worked with director Andrew McAnally in current TV advertising (Specsavers and King Gee), as well as writing three pilot episodes of an upcoming web-TV cartoon series."

In addition, Ryan has been collaborating with Brisbane company 'Like a Photon' in the production of a children's TV series for the Disney channel. Recent Masterclass workshops with directors Rolf de Heer, David Puttnam and David Lynch have also certainly fuelled his creative ambitions.

"As well as the thrill of screening our own short films and being an amazing opportunity to option my next project to investors and producers, Cannes is really a chance to learn from the very best in this business. To say that this is the chance of a lifetime is an understatement!"