Red Deer-made flick was voted Audience Choice selection in one-minute film festival – Red Deer Advocate


Eleven-year-old Erica Mullakady (right) is shown with cast and crew from the short film the she helped create in Red Deer. ‘Perspective’ was screened at the FAVA Gotta Minute Film Festival earlier this month and was voted the Audience Choice selection. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer-made flick was voted Audience Choice selection in one-minute film festival

A film written by a Red Deer youth was picked for the Audience Choice Award at the Gotta Minute Film Festival.

Eleven-year-old Erica Mullakady had a class spare, so she wrote a screenplay on a napkin. The result is Perspective, a short film that was shown on LRT and library screens in Edmonton and Calgary — as well as this year’s Fava Gotta Minute Film Festival.

The Western Canada’s first film fest for commuters, presented by the Pattison Group digital advertising company and FAVA TV, a streaming distribution platform ran earlier this month, showing one-minute silent films from around the world.

Perspective tells a story about how actions can be misinterpreted. It was directed by Erica’s father, Ranjit Mullakady.

Local actor Lacey Oake plays a deaf girl, who decides to run out and get a flower to surprise her mom. When her mother (played by Roxzane Armstrong) uncovers a bed full of pillows, she worries about her daughter’s sudden disappearance. The flower shop ladies also wonder why the girl doesn’t respond to their questions.

The film uses sign language to resolve both mysteries in the end.

Albertans got to vote for the Audience Choice selection and they picked Perspective. Winners of the film festival that started on Sept. 5 were announced Sunday.

Armstrong thanked everybody for their votes on Facebook.

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