AiF member Natasha Bassett's short film, Kite, has been accepted into the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Selected from over 5,000 submissions from over 60 countries, the film will be featured as part of the 2014 Official Competition, and will be in contention for the Oscar Qualifying Grand Prize for Best Short Film.
Bassett received partial funding for the film after winning a scholarship in the ArtStart Metro Screen Young Screenwriters Program in 2012. After securing the funding, Bassett approached renowned filmmaker Jane Campion, who agreed to be her mentor on the film.
Written and directed by Bassett, the film is a coming of age story about a child who when faced with the recent death of her grandfather, must find her own unique way to say goodbye.
The film stars Kathryn Beck, Charlie Hancock, Dee Smart and Bassett cameos as the young girl's babysitter.
Bassett is a 2014 Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist.