australians the big winners in real life on film 2006
Australia's leading international documentary film festival, Real Life on Film, took on a Commonwealth theme this year with Australian filmmakers collecting three out of the four prizes.
Screening over eleven days in February in the state-of-the-art cinemas at ACMI, Real Life on Film featured a diverse program of documentaries from around the Commonwealth, and included many Australian and World premieres.
Over 50 films from countries such as the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, India, Lesotho, Samoa and Papua New Guinea competed for the major cash prizes in the categories of Best Australian Documentary, Best International Documentary, Best Short Form Documentary, and for the Audience Award for Most Popular Film.
Best Australian Documentary (Dual Winners $2,000 each)
The Bridge at Midnight Trembles
(Esben Storm, Peter Leiss, directors, 52 mins, 2005)
Anthem: An Act of Sedition
(Tahir Cambis & Helen Newman, 93 mins, 2005)
Best International Documentary ($4,000)
Sisters In Law
(Kim Longinotto &Florence Ayisi, UK/Cameroon, 106 mins, 2005)
Best Short Form Documentary ($2,000)
The Wedding Sari Showdown
(Kylie Boltin, Australia, 26 mins, 2005)
Audience Award for Most Popular Film
Welcome 2 My Deaf World
(Helen Gaynor, Australia, 52 mins, 2005)
"Documentary making is one of the hardest businesses to survive in", says Real Life on Film Producer and Co-curator Richard Moore, "it's terrific that Real Life was able to give something back to the winning teams. Long live Australian documentaries!"
ACMI congratulates the winners and all the filmmakers who presented their work in the festival.
Published Monday, 3 April 2006