The IF Award winners, voted by the Australian public, were announced in Sydney recently at a prestigious event staged at Wharf 8 in Pyrmont. Hosted by Deborah Mailman, with presenters including Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Bryan Brown, Bob Carr, Stephen Fry, Claudia Karvan and Sigrid Thornton, the live broadcast was followed by a celebratory party. Gettin' Square and Japanese Story earned the highest accolades on the night.
The winners are highlighted below along with AFC-funded films that were nominated in each category.
Best Feature Film: winner Japanese StoryGettin' Square (p: Martin Fabinyi, Trish Lake, Timothy White)
Japanese Story (p: Sue Maslin)
Best Actor: winner David WenhamJapanese Story - Gotaro Tsunashima
Gettin' Square - David Wenham
Best Actress: winner Toni ColletteAlexandra's Project - Helen Buday
Japanese Story - Toni Collette
Best Short Film: winner Roy Höllsdotter LiveCracker Bag (d: Glendyn Ivin, p: Jane Liscombe)
Martha's New Coat (d: Rachel Ward, p: Liz Watts)
Roy Höllsdotter Live (d: Matthew Saville, p: Trevor Blainey)
Best Animation: winner Ward 13The Projectionist (d: Michael Bates, p: Anna Messariti)
Ward 13 (d/p: Peter Cornwell)
Best Short Documentary: winner Painting with Light in a Dark WorldPainting with Light in a Dark World (d: Sascha Ettinger-Epstein, p: Renata Schuman)
Best Documentary: winner WildnessWildness (d: Scott Millwood, p: Michael McMahon)
Independent Spirit Award: winner Khoa DoMan Made - Emma Crimmings
The Finished People - Khoa Do
Best Music: winner Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab and 3K Short from Machine Gun FellatioJapanese Story - Elizabeth Drake
Gettin' Square - Machine Gun Fellatio
Best Sound: winner Gettin' SquareAlexandra's Project - James Currie, Andrew Plain, Nada Mikas
Gettin' Square - John Schiefelbein, Antony Gray, Ian McLoughlin
The Rage in Placid Lake - John Willsteed, Andrew Belletty, Robert Sullivan
Best Production Design: winner Steven Jones-Evans, Ned KellyThe Rage in Placid Lake - Roger Ford, Kerrie Brown
Best Editing: winner Gettin' SquareJapanese Story - Jill Bilcock
Gettin' Square - Ken Sallows
Best Direction: winner Sue BrooksJapanese Story - Sue Brooks
Alexandra's Project - Rolf de Heer
Gettin' Square - Jonathon Teplitz
Best Script: winner Chris NystThe Rage in Placid Lake - Tony McNamara
Gettin' Square - Chris Nyst
Japanese Story - Alison Tilson
Best Cinematography: winner Ian BakerJapanese Story - Ian Baker
Ztudio What IF? Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay: winner Rie Natalenko, Heloise
Jill Bilcock was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry as an editor, as the recipient of the Living Legend IF Award.
Matthew Saville was awarded the IF Award for Rising Talent for his comic writing and directing talent shown in his short film Roy Höllsdotter Live.
The IF Award for Film Festival of the Year was awarded to Popcorn Taxi.