Following a record-breaking 466 submissions, Sunny S. Walia was announced as the winner of latest pitch competition AACTA Pitch: ACTION! for his screen-test based on a script provided by AACTA.
The level of experience was diverse with entrants ranging from first-timers to established artists, however considerable ingenuity was applied across all submissions to ensure competition requirements were met while also practicing social distancing. Submissions were shortlisted to ten finalists including Alex Cooke, Chanika Desilva, Mark Fantasia, Olivia Fildes, Joel Phillips, Susanna Qian, Alex Stamell, Jose Talite, Dominique Viney and Sunny S. Walia.
The esteemed judging panel including Noni Hazlehurst AM, Kirsty McGregor and Aran Michael reviewed the finalists before unanimously concluding Sunny S. Walia as the winner for his original and truthful performance.
“Thanks to AACTA for giving us a chance to perform and play in this time of unknown. And to win?! WOW! Not too sure what to say. Amazing experience and looking forward to reaping the rewards,” said Sunny S. Walia who will now receive a mentor meeting with Aran Michael as part of the prize package. Both Noni Hazlehurst and Kirsty McGregor also offered mentoring meetings in addition to the prizes originally listed providing Walia with invaluable one-to-one advice from the complete judging panel.