Teacher’s Pet

This short animated film was a collaboration between thirteen Koorie students from Dimboola Primary School from Prep to Grade 6 and Delkaia Aboriginal Best Start. Dimboola Primary School’s Desiree Cross animated the film and co-directed with the wonderfully talented filmmaker Tracey Rigney, who also wrote the story.

The students were heavily involved in the film supplying all the artwork, voices and even photographing the school to be used as backgrounds in the film.

The story incorporates Dimboola Primary School’s values which are honesty, respect, resilience and tolerance. It also focuses on the You Can Do It Foundations – confidence, persistence, getting along, organisation and resilience which Dimboola Primary School values and uses. Nature, animals and local landscapes are a major focus also, with the story revolving around the central point of Dimboola Primary School.

Awards, Nominations and Highlights

Premiered at ACMI in Melbourne (Little Big Shots Film Festival,2015)
Finalist for Best Primary School Animation (ATOM Awards, 2015)
Winner of the Blackfella Films Award for Best Indigenous Film by a Child (Kidzflicks, Sydney International Festival of Films by Children, 2016)
Winner of Best Primary School Production (Flickerfest, 2016)
Was shown on Virgin flights as part of Flickerfest’s inflight entertainment partnership with Virgin.

Teacher’s Pet is currently up for an ATOM’s Audience Choice Award. Fingers crossed!