The four-year-old Adelaide Film Festival has become the first Australian fest to run an international film competition with a substantial cash prize.
A$25,000 ($19,000) will be awarded to a feature with “a distinctive voice, bold storytelling and creative risk taking,” chosen by a jury from a dozen films, one of which must be Australian.
The shortlist is being compiled by festival director Katrina Sedgwick for the event running Feb. 22-March 4.
Next year’s fest will showcase seven Australian movies that previously received funding from the Adelaide Film Festival.
Fest, held every two years, sinks $390,000 a year into a slate of projects.
Previous editions hosted the world preems of “Ten Canoes” and “Look Both Ways.”