Awards Winner

Paper Cranes wins short film awards

West Australian Woman Wins Four Awards in California’s Best Shorts Film Competition

Media Release (Perth, WA, 26.12.23)

Amanda Crewes, of The Actors’ Hub Studios Inc., has won three prestigious Awards of Merit with Special Mention from The Best Shorts Film Competition for Direction, Women Filmmaking and Best Short Film, as well as an Award of Merit for Script Writing.

The awards were given for Crewes’ exciting short film, Paper Cranes,which was created through a collaboration with The Actors’ Hub, an acting school in East Perth, to increase their students skills on screen, and support them increasing their national and international profiles as graduates.

Paper Cranes features a dystopian future in Australia, where the world has traded emotion for productivity, and a young accountant desperately searches for connection as proof his life has not been wasted.

Crewes stated she feels “…excited for the work to be acknowledged by such a prestigious festival. The team that worked on Paper Cranes was exceptional; it was a truly creative bunch and going to work each day was really rewarding – especially seeing the student and graduate actors and how their ability has grown.”

On being noted with special recognition as a woman director, she stated that “It’s really humbling to be acknowledged as a female filmmaker when there are so many great female artists out there! So, thank you!”

Cinematographer, Brendan Joel, said of the film “In order to bring the ambitious world of Paper Cranes to life as imagined by director Amanda Crewes, we carefully selected locations and environments that provided a sense of confinement and uniformity. This is a society where emotion is suppressed to allow for optimal productivity. I wanted to portray this, while also enhancing moments where the characters experienced and struggled with their emotions, utilising colour, camera movement and slow motion to help achieve this.

“The team at Actors Hub did an amazing job with performances, action sequences and costumes all helping to bring this dystopian romance to life.”

The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about Best Shorts and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning a Best Shorts Award, Amanda Crewes and The Actors’ Hub Studios joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Academy Award winner Mr Hublot from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg, 2021 Academy Award-nominee Doug Roland for the short film Feeling Through, Disney Interactive for Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story and so many more.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of Best Shorts is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

For more information call Amanda on 0400 025 079 or visit The Actors’ Hub Studios Inc. website at