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Dali-Disney ‘Destino’ draws Oz kudos

'Excursion,' 'Krumpet,' 'Undead' also earn awards

SYDNEY — “Destino,” a 1946 short that marked a collaboration between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney, won the grand prix for international short at the Melbourne Intl. Film Festival on Friday.

Seven-minute film was rescued from the archives two years ago by Walt’s nephew Roy Disney; it preemed at the Annecy Animation Festival in June.

David Stainton, prexy of Walt Disney Feature Animation and Disney Toon Studios, accepted the award, presented by Melbourne’s Mayor John So and Geoffrey Rush. It was selected from 922 entries and 88 finalists.

Rush narrated “Harvie Krumpet,” directed by Melbourne filmmaker Adam Elliot, which collared the fest’s award for best Aussie short. Claymation pic concerns an ordinary man cursed with perpetual bad luck.

Award for emerging Oz filmmaker went to director Cris Jones for “Excursion.”

Sibling salute

Queensland twin brothers Michael and Peter Spierig’s debut feature, “Undead,” collared the Fipresci award for emerging filmmakers from the Southeast Asia. Made for less than $650,000, lensed in 41 days and featuring 350 visual f/x shots, “Undead” opens in Oz on Sept. 4.

The Fipresci jury also commended “Kakuto,” the debut feature by Japanese filmmaker Iseya Yusuke.