The film was chosen by a jury headed by Rachel Perkins and filmmakers Khalo Matabane (South Africa) and Oh Jung-wan (South Korea), film critic and curator Shelly Kraicer (Canada) and Australian actress Rachael Blake.
The festival’s audience award went to “Winter Sleep,” the Nuri Bilge Ceylan film which last month won Cannes’ Palme d’Or.
The inaugural Documentary Australia Foundation Award went to “35 Letters,” directed and written by Janine Hosking. Special mention went to “Tender,” directed by Lynette Wallworth.
The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films went to “I Want to Dance Better at Parties,” directed and written by Matthew Bate and Gideon Obarzanek.
The Yoram Gross Animation Award went to Phantom Limb, directed, written and produced by Alex Grigg. The Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director was awarded to Eddy Bell for “Grey Bull.”
The new Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award was awarded to “Welcome to Iron Knob,” directed and written by Dave Wade. Special mention also went to Matt Durrant for his short film “Pocket Money.”
The festival awards were handed out at Sydney’s State Theatre, followed by the Australian premiere of the New Zealand mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” with co-directors and co-stars Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.