An experimental fashion film and the story of a boy's battle with a vending machine have shared first prize in the RMIT Student Film Awards.
The awards took place at a screening at the historic Capitol Theatre and were judged by a panel of RMIT lecturers, alumni and industry professionals.
Winners were selected in the categories of animation, comedy, documentary, drama and experimental, as well as people's choice.
Such was the calibre of entries at this year's awards that two winners walked away with the top prize of Best Film - and the judges were also tied on the award for Best Documentary.
Master of Creative Media student William Anugerah and Bachelor of Design (Fashion) student, Andrija Sala shared the top prize.
Mr Anugerah's animated Vendophobia tells the story of a boy who takes issue with a vending machine that won't give him his soft drink, while Ms Sala's Reverence is an experimental fashion film exploring faith and spirituality.
Mr Anugerah and Mr Sala each received $750 from RMIT Link Arts and Culture towards their next creative projects, as well as Open Channel Conference Passes.
Industry, staff and alumni came together for the 2014 judging panel: Paul Ritchard, lecturer in film and TV production at RMIT, award-winning freelance producer and RMIT alumnus Emma Haarburger, cinematographer Josh Mitchell-Frey, and ScreenHub editor David Tiley.
Held annually, the awards coincide with the Melbourne International Film Festival, providing an important industry opportunity for students to showcase their cinematic work.
The awards were generously supported by ScreenHub, Open Channel, Cinema Nova, Melbourne International Film Festival and Entertainment One (formerly Hopscotch).
Winners of the 2014 RMIT Student Film Awards
Best Animation: Me & Them, Ariel Victor Arthnato, Master of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media)
Best Fiction: Loot, Alex Zemstov, Bachelor of Communication (Media)
Best Experimental: Clay is an Original Form, Iris Chang, Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours)
Best Documentary: The Things That Nana Remembers, Greta Robenstone and Adam Ricco, both studying a Bachelor of Communication (Media) and My New Life, Ahmed Alsaady, Graduate Diploma in Media
The awards celebrated the best in RMIT student films.
Best Film: Vendophobia, William Anugerah, Master of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media) and Reverence, Andrija Sala, Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours)
People's Choice: CATastrophe, William Anugerah, Master of Creative Media (Animation and Interactive Media)