Sydney Film Festival Announce: Winners of the 2012 Festival Awards
59th Sydney Film Festival Announce:
Winners of the 2012 Festival Awards
In addition to the 2012 Sydney Film Festival Official Competition winner revealed earlier today Greek drama Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis and Johnny Vekis, Sydney Film Festival tonight announced the winners of the 2012 FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize, the 2012 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films and the 2012 Yoram Gross Animation Award at the Closing Night Gala.
The 2012 Sydney Film Festival FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize, now in its fourth year, awards a generous cash prize of $10,000. Out of a shortlist of eight finalists, the prize was awarded to Killing Anna, directed and produced by Paul Gallasch. The film is a documentary about Pauls unusual method of dealing with a relationship break-up: he gives in to the fantasy that it would be easier for his ex-girlfriend, Anna, to die than for him to deal with her abandonment of their relationship so he decides to hold a funeral service, as if her death was real, and to film the process.
Killing Anna has an impact out of proportion to its length. With an impressive economy of means, the director has crafted a film of great emotional resonance distinctive, funny, and full of character. The filmmaker courageously exposes his own emotional journey to deliver a universal message about romantic loss. FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize jury
The FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize jury for 2012 comprised Australian producer Helen Bowden, New Zealand writer/director Costa Botes and Jim Buchan, General Manager Factual Acquisitions and Group Channel Manager FCG Factual Channels, FOXTEL.
Sydney Film Festival’s Australian short film awards were first presented in 1970 and the Festival has been showcasing the best local short film productions in competition ever since. These celebrated awards have launched and aided the careers of many Australian filmmakers.
The Dendys Live Action Short Award, sponsored by Dendy Cinemas since 1989, provides a $5,000 cash prize to the best Australian live action short film. Winners are Academy Award-eligible.
The standard of finalists is higher than any other year I can remember, said Mark Gooder, CEO of Dendy ICON. There is real diversity and accomplishment evident in these short films that bodes very favourably for the future of our industry.”
The 2012 winner of the Dendy Award for Best Live Action Short is Yardbird, directed by Michael Spiccia and produced by Jessica Mitchell. This film features a young girl living in a remote wrecking yard, who takes on the local bullies when they turn up and torment her father.
An exceptional film, both in content and form, Yardbird is underpinned by a striking central performance. 2012 Dendy Awards judges.
The Rouben Mamoulian Award, also sponsored by Dendy Cinemas, and named after the Hollywood director who first presented the award in 1974, provides a $5,000 cash prize to the best Australian short film director.
The 2012 winner of the Rouben Mamoulian Award is Mirrah Foulkes, writer and director of Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke.
Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke shows a director with an original, assured and delicate touch. 2012 Dendy Awards judges.
The Yoram Gross Animation Award, sponsored by Yoram and Sandra Gross, provides a $4,000 cash prize for the Best Australian Animated Short film. Winners are Academy Award-eligible.
Continuing the long tradition from which he befitted so much in the early days of his career, Yoram is happy to present the Yoram Gross Animation Award to assist as well as encourage young animation filmmakers, said Sandra Gross today.
The 2012 winner is The Maker, written and directed by Christopher Kezelos, and produced by Christine and Christopher Kezelos. In this extraordinary animation, a strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of its life.
The Maker delivered a concept and world with astonishing effect, which resonates long after viewing. 2012 Dendy Awards judges.
The 2012 Dendy Awards were judged by Egyptian/Welsh screenwriter and director Sally El Hosaini (My Brother The Devil), Australian producer David Jowsey and Warp Films Australia producer Anna McLeish.
The results of the 2012 SHOWTIME Audience Awards will be announced Tuesday 19 June.
ABOUT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
Sydney Film Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animations across the city at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays and the Art Gallery of NSW. The festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the worlds longest-running film festivals. For more information visit http://www.sff.org.au
The 59th Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia, and the City of Sydney. The festivals Strategic partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW.
What: Sydney Film Festival
When: 6-17 June, 2012
Tickets & Info: 1300 733 733 www.sff.org.au