Success with Castle Hill director's first film

When Anita Lee chose to become a film director because she "didn't have the drawing chops" to be a Disney animator, she didn't know she was heading in the right direction.

Her first short film Only One, which she also wrote, has won the best film prize at the Projects Short Film Festival.

The former Muirfield High School student, 29, said winning was an "amazing experience".

"The best part was having audience members come up to you and tell you how they were moved by your film," she said.

"[I enjoy] seeing your creative vision translate to the big screen and moving people with your stories.

"I think film is a very powerful medium, where you have the opportunity to change the way people think and feel about different topics."

In precisely 13.09 minutes, Only One tells the story of a lonely girl called Alex who goes to seek her doppelganger — her double — in order to find completeness.

Miss Lee said the film explored how people tried to find completeness in another through different relationships.

"It's about the dangers and pitfalls of that and the importance of finding happiness within yourself rather than seeking it externally," she said.

Only One had its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortfest last year and was also featured in the Rhode Island and the St Louis international film festivals.

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