In excellent news to end the year, Shaun Parker has won Best Director at the Sweden Film Awards for his work on the music video ‘Tomorrow’.
‘Tomorrow’ is a video that tackles LGBTIQ issues as well as themes of racial discrimination. Shaun’s involvement also links back to his Queer Bites program, which is a workshop and mentorship program for emerging LGBTIQ identifying artists. A key element of Queer Bites is to continue to foster the careers of participants, and multiple members of the 2020 program were involved with the video.
Featuring three emerging LGBTIQ artists that Shaun has been mentoring, the music video has also recently been awarded Best Screendance Short Bronze Award and Best Music Video (Honorable Mentions) at the Independent Shorts Awards in Los Angeles, Best Music Video and Best Director at the Sweden Film Awards and Best Director at the Prague International Film Festival.
In addition, the video has been shortlisted at numerous international festivals locally and internationally including
– London Lift-Off Film Festival
– Made In The West Film Festival (finalist)
– New York International Film Awards (semi-finalist)
– Oniros Film Awards New York (semi-finalist)
– Sydney Lift Off Film Festival (official selection)
– Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival (official selection)
– Audio Shoot International Music Video Festival – Ireland (official selection)
The Queer Bites program is multidisciplinary and includes dancers, theatre-makers, musicians and writers of diverse ages and backgrounds, and it is the focus on ongoing mentorship that forges new collaborations and develops artist insights about generating live performance, with a focus on reflecting on LGBTIQ experience – something that is evident in the compelling video ‘Tomorrow’.
Through this development the company aims to bolster new artists in their careers, build resilience for LGBTIQ artists, and continue with the tradition of building new works through research, development and collaboration.