A Film Odyssey for Media Student

A former Geelong College student has returned to the Odyssey film festival as a judge, two years after seeing her creative work on the big screen as a festival entrant.

Odyssey was on at Village Cinemas on Saturday 1 December. The youth film festival showcases the films of local Years 11 and 12 VCE Media students, with students selected by their school. We are incredibly lucky to have this festival running in our region. It has been hosted for many years now by the City of Greater Geelong and supported by Village Cinemas, organised and championed by Mardi Hirst and her team. 

Lily Cowan Benz (OGC 2017) first decided she wanted to be a film maker when she got an iPod at age 10. In her early teens, she attended the Odyssey film festival and aspired to see a film of her own in the festival and on the “big screen” one day!

She achieved this with selection in Year 11. Her Year 12 film and media results gained her selection into the prestigious Honours Degree in Film and Television at Swinburne University. And this weekend, she was invited to be one of the three judges for the festival! She's pictured carrying out her role as a festival judge in the aqua-coloured seats in the second photo.

Thanks to COGG and Village for their ongoing commitment and investment in the extraordinary talent of young people in the region and helping their dreams come true.

Jane Cowan

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