Budding Mudgee film maker, Jessica Nipperess walked away with a spot in the top three at the weekend when Tropfest’s Trop Jr award winners were announced.
Jessica, her family and friends made the trip to Parramatta to accept the award.
While Jessica had seen her own film well over 100 times, she says seeing it on the big screen was still an unforgettable experience.
“The funny thing is about my film, even with the amount of times I’ve watched it, I still get pretty involved in it. Jessica said.
“So I could tell the other audience members were getting that too. a lot of people came down to support me on the day. I probably had the biggest base there.”
Jessica and her family along with friends who appeared in or helped in the creation of the film made the trip to Sydney to support Jessica and her film.
“When my film finished, our cheer was the loudest out of all the films. It was kind of embarrassing but pretty good at the same time. Jessica said.
“I wasn’t there alone, I had a lot of people there supporting me.”
Jessica says she was actually a bit shocked when she heard her name called out for third place.
“Yeah, it was kind of shocking. Every single film I thought could have won a prize so for my film to get third place was a bit shocking and it was just very, very exciting, Jessica said.
“Getting the award is like someone saying to you ‘good job, keep going’. So I’m really excited about making another film for next year and I already have ideas buzzing in my head.”
Jessica’s parents couldn’t be more proud of their daughter finding success in her passion.
“Naturally we are super proud and very excited for her, this is an incredible achievement at this age, just being a finalist was fabulous, but to take out third place was amazing.” they said.
“It was also really nice to see a lot of support from her friends, some who made the trip down to Parramatta to watch their first Tropfest.
“I think we had 30 or 40 people in our group so it was a fantastic cheer squad.”