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Sydney Film Festival 2012 Award Winners

Winners of the 2012 Sydney Film Festival 17 June 2012
Alps takes Australia’s richest film award

2012 SFF Official Competition prize was awarded to Greek drama Alps
SFF FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize winner, Paul Gallasch
Dendy’s Live Action Short Award winner, Michael Spiccia
Rouben Mamoulian Award, Mirrah Foulkes
Yoram Gross Animation Award, Christopher Kezelos
Greek drama Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Aggeliki Papoulia took out  the $60,000 prize – Australia’s richest cash award for film-  is in recognition of a courageous, audacious and cutting-edge film.

2012 SFF 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 Paul’s 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.

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.

2012 winner of the Rouben Mamoulian Award is Mirrah Foulkes, writer and director of Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke.

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 selection of films in Competition for the Sydney Film Prize were:

Alps (Greece) |Australian Premiere | Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris
Beasts of the Southern Wild (USA) |Australian Premiere|Director: Benh Zeitlin | Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
Caesar Must Die (Italy) | Australian Premiere |Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano
Dead Europe (Australia) | Australian Premiere | Director: Tony Krawitz | Cast: Ewen Leslie, Marton Csokas, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Gangs of Wasseypur (India) |Australian Premiere | Director: Anurag Kashyap Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chaddha, Tigmanshu Dhulia
The King of Pigs (South Korea) |Australian Premiere |Director: Yuen Sang-ho | Cast: Yang Ik-june, Oh Jeong-se, Kim Hye-na
Lore (Australia) | Australian Premiere |Director: Cate Shortland | Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, André Frid
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) | Australian Premiere | Director: Philippe Falardeau | Cast: Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron
Neighbouring Sounds (Brazil) |Australian Premiere | Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Cast: Irandhir Santos, Gustavo Jahn, Maeve Jinkings
On the Road (U.S.A) |Australian Premiere | Director: Walter Salles | Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst
Tabu (Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France) |Australian Premiere | Director: Miguel Gomes| Cast: Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Carlotto Cotta
Today (France, Senegal) |Australian Premiere | Director: Alain Gomis | Cast: Saül Williams, Djolof M’Bengue, Anisia Uzeyman

The results of the 2012 SHOWTIME Audience Awards will be announced Tuesday 19 June 2012


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