A Marvel-lous film career

Freelance film editor Veronica Buhagiar is making waves in the competitive film industry and supporting her peers along the way.

After working on a huge Marvel Studios feature film in Sydney, film editor Veronica Buhagiar (BCreatArts(Screen) ’14, BCreatArts(Hons) ’15) is looking forward to sharing her fresh knowledge and experience with her local film colleagues.

Since graduating from her film degree at Flinders University, Veronica has worked on renowned SA-based major productions including feature film Mortal Kombat (Warner Brothers), I Am Mother (Netflix), First Day (ABC iView) and Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors (ABC ME).

She says it’s been a challenging career path but studying at Flinders taught her the networking skills and pathways to connect with the right people in the industry. “Film is a very competitive industry, so making the right impressions and understanding the structure of how films are made was an invaluable skill that I gained from my degree.”

Hard work and dedication have also helped to develop Veronica’s film editing career, along with mentoring from key people in the film industry including Alison Rogers, founder of documentary production house, Living Stories.

“Alison has also been a huge advocate for me and was the first person to give me ongoing employment in the film industry,” says Veronica “She is excited and supportive of my career choices and has my best interests and aspirations at heart.”

Veronica also cites her Screen lecturers as important mentors, including Associate Professor Alison Wotherspoon (PhD(EHLT) ’12), Helen Carter (BA ’89) and Sean Lahiff (BCreatArts ’05). Veronica says Sean provided her first opportunity to work on a feature film. “I’m so thankful to him for believing in me, for being so patient with all my questions and always helping me improve my craft.”

She is extremely proud of being selected as the Chairperson for Australian Screen Editors in SA.

“In this role I have loved helping my community grow and network together, creating events and workshops to help up-and-coming editors connect with established editors and learn from each other.”

Veronica’s perseverance to hone her craft paid off when she was recognised by industry peers and awarded the South Australian Screen Award for Best Editing in 2015 for short film, The Little Girl. She says, “I was so surprised when I received that award, but it re-affirmed to me that I had chosen the right career path.”

“Flinders alumni have a great rate of employment in the film and VFX industry and I’m so proud to be a part of such a skilled group of people.”

Veronica Buhagiar was awarded a 2020 Early Career Alumni Award for her significant contribution to the South Australian creative arts industry, especially for creating networking, mentoring and collaboration opportunities within the post-production filmmaking industry. Read more about the Flinders University Alumni Awards

Interested in a career in film or TV? Learn more about Screen studies at Flinders University.

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