Wondering Soul (2016) is the latest short film from prolific young Australian director Josh Tanner. The film, which screened in competition at the 2017 Palm Springs International Shortfest, is about a Viet Cong soldier stationed in the claustrophobic Cu Chi tunnels during the Vietnam War, haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade.
Wondering Soul won the Golden Tripod at the Australian Cinematographers Society awards earlier this year. Josh is fast gaining a reputation for a razor focus on dramatic performances combined with arresting visuals, which offers a unique take on each story. He was born in 1988 and has worked in the Australian film industry for over eight years, beginning in the editorial and camera departments before making a transition into directing commercials and short films.
His short The Foal (2010) was nominated for Jury Award at Lume International Film Festival in 2011. His follow up The Landing (2013), won a significant number of awards and nominations starting with Best Short Fiction Film at the ATOM Awards (Australian Teachers of Media Awards) in 2013; other accolades include the Golden Tripod at the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2014 and won the Queensland & Northern Territory Gold Award at the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2013; it was nominated for an ADG Award by the Australian Directors Guild in 2014 and was nominated two times for an ASSG Award for Best Achievement in Sound for a Short Film by the Australian Screen Sound Guild in 2013; it also won a Jury Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2014 and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in 2014; it also won Best International Short Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2014 and the Jury Award at Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival in 2014; won Best Cinematography at HollyShorts Film Festival in 2014; it also won Best Foreign Film at the L.A. Shorts Fest 2014 and RIIFF Youth Jury Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2014; it won Festival Trophy at Screamfest 2014 and Maria at Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival in 2013; won Octopus d’Or at Strasbourg International Film Festival in 2014 and was nominated for Short Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival in 2013.
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