In one of the strongest showings of Australian film for some years, a showcase of 21 new feature films across very diverse genres opened the 61st Australian International Movie Convention at the Gold Coast on 14 August 2006. For the fifth year, the AFC co-hosted 'Australia on Show' - the opening night of the convention - with major sponsors The Sydney Morning Herald/The Sun Herald and The Age. Representatives of each film attended with AFC support.
William McInnes won the The Sydney Morning Herald/The Sun Herald/The Age Australian Star of The Year Award for Look Both Ways. The inaugural Juice New Media Award for the best use of a new media campaign (internet, multimedia or online advertising) by a distributor to promote an Australian feature film went to Roadshow Films for Wolf Creek with Palace Films runner-up for Ten Canoes.
For the third year Zealot Productions produced the night's screening elements, which included clips from each feature and interviews with key creative players from each film. A booklet featuring the films and filmmakers was given to all convention delegates. James Valentine from 702ABC Sydney and Showtime Movie News was MC for the night.
Films featured in the screening:
2:37, with producer Kent Smith; 48 Shades; The Book of Revelation, with producer Al Clark; Boytown, with producer Greg Sitch and co-producer John Molloy; Clubland, with director Cherie Nowlan, producer Rosemary Blight and actor Emma Booth; Footy Legends, with director Khoa Do and producer Megan McMurchy; The Home Song Stories, with director Tony Ayres and producers Michael McMahon and Liz Watts; Hunt Angels, with director Alec Morgan, producer Sue Maslin and actor Victoria Hill; Irresistible, with director Ann Turner and producer David Parker; Kenny; Last Train to Freo, with director Jeremy Sims and producer Greg Duffy; Like Minds, with director Gregory J Read and producer Jonathan Shteinman; Macbeth, with producer Martin Fabinyi and actor Lachy Hulme; Noise; Opal Dream; Razzle Dazzle, A Journey Into Dance, with producers Andrena Finlay and Jodi Matterson; Romulus, My Father, with producers Robert Connolly and John Maynard; Storm Warning, with producer Pete Ford and executive producer Martin Fabinyi; Suburban Mayhem, with director Paul Goldman, producer Leah Churchill-Brown and actor Emily Barclay; Unfolding Florence, with producer Charles Hannah and West, with director Daniel Krige, producers Matt Reeder and Anne Robinson and actor Khan Chittenden.