Short films made by RMIT students and alumni will screen at the St Kilda and Cannes film festivals this month.
Holocaust survivors share their memories in The Things That Nana Remembers.
The Things That Nana Remembers, made by students Greta Robenstone and Adam Ricco, and Nerds in Love, by graduate Sean Rodrigo, will both be shown as part of the St Kilda Film Festival's Top 100.
Nerds in Love will also be featured in the annual Cannes Film Festival in France.
Created inside a Film-TV2 class, The Things That Nana Remembers centres around interviews with the students' grandmothers, who have never before shared their experiences as Jewish children living in the time of the Holocaust.
The documentary explores how children perceive and actualise war, and how this account collides with an adult perspective.
Ms Robenstone said she was thrilled at the film's selection at one of Australia's most iconic film festivals.
"It was a real validation that the work we are making as part of our course is to a relatively competitive and professional standard - one that we would not have been able to achieve without the guidance of our media teachers and the abundance of equipment and editing facilities that we have access to as media students," she said.
A still from The Things That Nana Remembers.
"We also owe a lot in particular, to Paul Ritchard, who tutored us in the making of this film."
Ms Robenstone and Mr Ricco are currently studying the Bachelor of Communication (Media).
Program manager Dr Brian Morris said the film's success was a testament to the power of outstanding storytelling.
"The Media degree provides opportunities for students to develop skills in communicating engaging stories in a wide range of traditional and emerging forms," he said.
"We're proud to see examples like this of our student's passion and commitment to sharing important stories through the craft of documentary."
Telling a markedly different story, RMIT alumnus Sean Rodrigo describes his film Nerds in Love as a film essentially about hope and finding love and friendship in an unlikely situation.
The short film stars Melbourne comedian Lawrence Leung (ABC and SBS) and Stan Walker (Australian Idol winner, 2009).
The director and cast of Nerds in Love.
Mr Rodrigo's film has also been accepted into the Cannes Court Métrage - Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.
Nerds in Love will be screened to a select industry audience in Cannes, with the film potentially being picked up for distribution.
Mr Rodrigo will travel to France to attend festival events, network and promote his next project idea Newtown Fixers Club, which is currently in development.
Nerds in Love also made its international television premiere on New Zealand television's Comedy Central in early May.
Mr Rodrigo is an alumnus of RMIT's Diploma of Interactive Digital Media program in the School of Media and Communication.
Program manager Kieran Doolan said the achievements of graduates like Mr Rodrigo were an ongoing source of inspiration for current students and recent graduates.
"We're thrilled to have witnessed Sean's progress since he graduated a few years back. We use social media channels to keep our students in contact with grads on a daily basis," he said.
"Interestingly, grads contributing and feeding back to the social media channels, inform conversations and classroom teaching. Often when we present industry speakers, the more recent grads like Sean are of the most interest to current students."
The St Kilda Film Festival runs from Thursday, 22 May, to Saturday, 31 May.
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