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Aaron Petersen

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Aaron Petersen is an award winning documentary director and editor; most notably known for the feature length documentary Zach's Ceremony.[1][2]

Aaron spent six years directing and filming the journey and story of Zachariah and Alec Doomadgee[3][4], which was released at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in 2016.[5][6] Zach's Ceremony returned to Australia and featured at Sydney Film Festival[7][8] and Melbourne International Film Festival[9] where it won Best Documentary Audience Awards. The film then opened the Byron Bay Film Festival and was awarded Best Film and Best Documentary[10]. 'Zach's Ceremony' was released by Umbrella Entertainment in 2017 and was nominated in Best Documentary categories at the Film Critics Circle Awards[11] (FCCA) and Australian Directors Guild Awards[12] in 2017.

'Zach's Ceremony' was the first documentary pitched at the inaugural GoodPitch2 Australia event in 2014.[13] Aaron pitched alongside concept creator Alec Doomadgee and producer Sarah Linton, where the film was successfully funded by generous philanthropists and organisations.

Aaron is the founder of PostBox Studios based in Sydney, Australia. His directing, producing and editing credits span across television commercials, television series content and documentaries.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

  • 2016 Zach's Ceremony (Wangala Films) Director, Editor
  • 2013 Our Footprint (NITV) Director, Editor
  • 2008 - 2011 The Great Australian Doorstep (Channel 7) Producer, Editor
  • 2010 On The Edge (ABC) Producer, Editor

Credits[edit | edit source]

  • 2016 Zach's Ceremony (Wangala Films) Director, Editor
  • 2013 Our Footprint (NITV) Director, Editor
  • 2013 Stew (Tropfest) Editor
  • 2012 I'm Not Dead Yet (Documentary) Title Design
  • 2008 - 2011 The Great Australian Doorstep (Channel 7) Producer, Editor
  • 2011 Last Minutes With The Stack (Tropfest) Editor
  • 2010 On The Edge (ABC) Producer, Editor
  • 2010 The Boys (Tropfest) Editor
  • 2009 Trimbole - The Real Underbelly (Channel 9) Title Design
  • 2007 - 2009 Telstra Road to Tamworth (CMC) Editor
  • 2008 CMC Rocks the Snowys (CMC) Editor
  • 2008 Music Max: Alicia Keys (XYZ) Editor
  • 2008 Music Max: Coldplay (XYZ) Producer, Editor
  • 2007 Cold Chisel Tribute (Channel 9) Editor
  • 2007 Aussie Battlers (ABC) Editor

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2017 Best Feature Documentary, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards nomination - Zach's Ceremony
  • 2017 Best Direction Documentary Feature Film, Australian Directors Guild Awards nomination - Zach's Ceremony
  • 2017 Best Documentary FIFO Special Jury Prize - Zach's Ceremony[14]
  • 2017 Best Film Audience Award, Screenwave International Film Festival - Zach's Ceremony
  • 2016 Best Film, Byron Bay Film Festival - Zach's Ceremony
  • 2016 Best Documentary, Byron Bay Film Festival - Zach's Ceremony
  • 2016 Best Documentary Audience Award, Melbourne International Film Festival - Zach's Ceremony
  • 2016 Best Documentary Audience Awards, Sydney Film Festival - Zach's Ceremony
  • 2009 Most Outstanding Music Program, Astra Award - Max Masters: Coldplay[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Subscribe | theaustralian". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  2. "Screen NSW". screen.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  3. Humphreys, Lachean (2017-04-05). "Film: Zach's Ceremony". In Review. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  4. "Subscribe | theaustralian". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  5. "Hot Docs 2106 Q&A: Zach's Ceremony filmmaker Aaron Petersen and producer/subject Alec Doomadgee | Toronto Film Scene". thetfs.ca. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  6. Cockrell, Eddie (2016-07-27). "Film Review: 'Zach's Ceremony'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  7. "Screen NSW". screen.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  8. "Sydney Film Festival - Awards and Jury". www.sff.org.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  9. "The MIFF Audience Awards Are In | FilmInk". filmink.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  10. "Zach's Ceremony and The Bentley Effect take top awards at BBFF - BBFF". BBFF. 2016-12-31. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  11. "The Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Nominations Are In | FilmInk". filmink.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  12. Gray, Richard (2017-04-06). "2017 ADG Awards: Australian Directors' Guild announce nominations". The Reel Bits. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  13. Maddox, Garry (2014-10-12). "Philanthropy delivers windfall for social issues filmmakers". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  14. "The Opposition wins top prize at Tahiti FIFO". Radio New Zealand. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  15. "7th ASTRA Award Winners - TV & Radio - Entertainment - theage.com.au". www.theage.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-07.

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