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Portal Stalker: A TAFE Graduate's Short Film Makes Big-Screen Debut

TAFE Queensland graduate selected to be in the Strand Category at the 2023 Gold Coast Film Festival.

TAFE Queensland’s Diploma of Screen and Media graduate, Leonard Lim, will see the film he produced during his time at TAFE Queensland hit the big screen for the very first time at the prestigious 2023 Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF). The GCFF is a celebration of film and filmmaking, hosted on the Gold Coast Queensland’s premiere filmmaking location. The GCFF explores diverse stories and unique styles with an entertaining program of films, events and panels that showcase extraordinary Australian talent.

TAFE Queensland Diploma of Screen and Media graduate Leonard Lim will showcase his short film, "Portal Stalker," at the upcoming festival. According to Leonard, the film depicts an escapade across various universes triggered by paranoia inspired by The Daniels' "Everything Everywhere All at Once”.

“For me, producing and shooting this film as part of the Diploma of Screen and Media course was a personal challenge to see what I could accomplish with limited time, budget and talent,” Leonard said.

“Working on my film was a great hands-on learning experience,” he said.

Leonard chose to enrol in TAFE Queensland's Diploma of Screen and Media program to enhance his proficiency in video production and expand on his existing background in photography.

His aim was to gain insights into the workings of large-scale productions and establish a foothold in the industry.

“The teachers at TAFE Queensland were exceptional, providing me with unparalleled access to their highly skilled expertise and guidance on technical aspects of my shoots,” he said.

“Their vast industry experience and approachable nature made it easy for me to ask questions and seek advice whenever needed.”

“My goal is to work in larger-scale productions, particularly commercials, and my aim is to become a Director of Photography. I am confident that the skills I acquired at TAFE Queensland has provided me with a solid foundation and set me on the right path. With the right opportunity, I am sure I will achieve my aspirations.”

Leonard will be part of the Strand Category on Wednesday 26 April which highlights filmmakers of the future and showcases the best short films from graduating film students from South-East Queensland film schools and universities. The awards in this category include Best Student Short Film, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.