Adelaide fest picks 8 pix to fund

Recipients include 'Boxing Day,' 'Dr. Plonk'

The biennial Adelaide Film Festival has chosen eight projects for funding.

AFF — Australia’s newest fest and the only one that funds films — will sink A$500,000 ($364,000) into pics, most of which will premiere in the fest in 2007.

The recipients are: helmer Kriv Stenders’ “Boxing Day”; “Lucky Myles” from Michael James Rowland; “Dr. Plonk,” a black and white silent comedy from maverick Rolf de Heer; helmer Tony Ayres’ second feature “Home Song Stories”; Anna Broinowski’s first feature-length doc “Forbidden Lie$”; “Kalaupapa — Heaven,” veteran Paul Cox’s first foray into the documentary genre; “Words From the City,” a doc from Natasha Gadd and Rhys Graham; “Crocodile Dreaming,” a short starring aboriginal screen vet David Gulpilil.

Fest’s track record is already impressive, having funded 2005 the Australian Film Institute best pic “Look Both Ways” and de Heer’s “Ten Canoes,” which preemed on the closing night of the Adelaide Arts Festival last month.

Since 2002 AFF has invested more than $1.3 million in movies with a total projected economic impact in South Australia of $2.8 million.