Impact Film Challenge

Lessons is currently touring film festivals internationally and can only be viewed publicly via festival screenings. In April/May 2022, it will be screened at our home festival, the Gold Coast Film Festival, as part of the Emerge film program, inspiring student filmmakers from around Queensland and Australia.


In “Lessons”, award-winning cinematographer Jude Kalman partners with debut screenwriter Summer Brown whose script delivers a heartwrenching snapshot of her lived experience of domestic abuse through the eyes of children, learning lessons for life.

What are your kids learning?

Summer now heads up the Impact Film Challenge and is teaming up with schools across Australia, mentoring in the industry to help teenagers express the issues they face through film production and screenwriting.


Creative: Summer Brown

Director / DOP / Editor: Jude Kalman

Executive Producer: Brett McCallum & Media8

DOP: Jake Lawlor

Camera Assistant: Isaac Lawlor

Actor dad: Andy Sparnon

Actor mum: Illana Collins

Actor teenager: Skylah Burns

Actor teenager: Judson Gainfort

Actor child: Cruze King

Deliverable: 1 x 1min micro film


Award Winner – Poe Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Best Documentary

Award Winner – Tokyo International Short Film Festival 2021 (Japan) – Best Female Director

Award Winner – Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2021 (India) – Women’s Films

Award Winner – Toronto Independent Film Festival 2021 (Canada) – Short Short (Under 5 Mins)

Award Winner – Dili International Film Festival 2021 (Timor Leste) – Public Service Announcement

Award Winner – Hong Kong World Film Festival 2021 (Hong Kong) – Best Under 5 Minute Film

Award Winner – Independent Shorts Awards 2021 (USA) – Best Micro Film

Official Selection – LAMPA International Film Festival 2021 (Russia) – Social Advertising

Official Selection – City of Angels Women’s Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Short Shorts

Official Selection – Infinity Film Festival 2021 (UK) – Best Micro Short

Official Selection – Idlewild International Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Micro Short Narratives

Official Selection – YoFiFest, The Yonkers Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Short Shorts

Official Selection – Canberra Short Film Festival 2021 (Australia) – 2 Minute Film

Official Selection – Ridgway Independent Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Professional category

Official Selection – Norwalk Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Commercials

Official Selection – Festival Angaelica 2021 (USA) – Mini

Official Selection – Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival 2022 (USA) – Narrative Short

Official Selection – Kalakari Film Festival 2022 (India) – Short Fiction Special Awards

Official Selection – The French Duck Film Festival 2022 (France) – Best Micro Short Film

A pilot course is currently running where students are creating, filming and editing their own short films.