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Aspiring young filmmaker Harry Kellaway has won the High School Student Award in this year’s inaugural Clip Combat competition.

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The Mercedes College Year 12 student directed a music video clip for local SA musician Emily Davis’ song ‘Lighthouse’.

Clip Combat is an initiative of Music SA and the SA Government’s Music Development Office to encourage local filmmakers under the age of 26 to build awareness of SA musicians by producing and submitting a music video. The entries are judged by a panel of industry professionals and members of the public.

Harry, who is currently studying Creative Arts Film as a Year 12 Stage 2 SACE subject, said the video incorporated film, animation and digital motion graphics.

“I feel greatly honoured and ecstatic over this award…it’s my passion and dream to one day aspire to direct and write my own feature films for the world to enjoy, or at the most be a part of a talented feature film crew,” he said.

Fellow Mercedes Year 12 student Isabella Rogers was as a finalist in the competition for the music video clip she produced for Emily Davis’ song ‘Stars Grow Cold’.

The Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, said it was great to see the level of engagement of students in the competition.

“Just to enter requires a fair bit of commitment – sourcing an original song, conceiving a concept and then the logistics of filming, editing and bringing it to life – using so many skills that will be beneficial no matter what career path entrants end up choosing,” he said.

“This initiative targeted young people, as it not only provides them a platform for their creative output, it also provides them with help from Music SA which held information sessions on the making and marketing of music videos, to hear from expert music and video filmmakers.”

Harry’s extensive prize pack included $500 cash, free film equipment hire from Media Resource Centre to the value of $1000, and broadcasting of his video on Channel 44.

The winning video can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=129&v=4o-Es3oYOYk

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