FORMER Albury High School student Nicholas Clifford has won the world's biggest short film festival.
The filmmaker accepted first prize – the coveted Tropfest fruit bowl trophy – from Hollywood actor Sam Worthington.
"I get grief that I look like him sometimes, so this is going to give everyone a bit more ammunition to throw at me. But what a guy," he said.
"He's got this really cool attitude about how it's the journey, not the destination."
On that journey, Clifford will be taking with him prizes including $10,000 cash, a Toyota car and a trip to Los Angeles.
Clifford's short film "We've All Been There" follows three different characters - a stranded traveller, a struggling waitress and a man in need of some luck.
The former Border resident and his school mate Charlie Sarraff established the business Truce Films in Melbourne several years ago.