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Festival success story Men’s Group won the Showtime IF Best Film Award for Michael Joy and John L Simpson, the Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor for Grant Dodwell’s first leading role since the glory days of A Country Practice and the Screen Australia IF Award for Best Script. Both films were acclaimed by Urban Cinefile, the former “a powerful film … strong performances,” the latter “anchored by two outstanding performances … engaging drama”.

Queensland production Unfinished Sky won the Screen Australia Best Director award for Peter Duncan and Best Actress for Dutch leading lady Monic Hendrickx. Monic first performed the role for the Dutch original, playing a Polish refugee – here she plays an Afghani mother searching for her daughter. Monic won the Best Actress at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival in 1999 and the Netherlands Film Festival for De Poolse Bruid in 1998 for her first performance. Unfinished Sky was also awarded the Production Book IF Award for Best Production Design and the Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing.

"unimaginable without his presence"

“This year IF have awarded the V Australia IF Award for Living Legend to the enigmatic Hugo Weaving. The Australian film industry would be unimaginable without his presence”, said V Australia IF Award General Manager Clare Sawyer.

The Black Balloon which earned $2.2 million won The IF Award for Box Office Achievement and the Independent Spirit Award went to Benjamin Gilmour and Carolyn Johnson for Son of a Lion, which also won the Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music, composed by Amanda Brown.

Cathy Henkel, Jeff Canin and Trish Lake won the SBS IF Award for Best Documentary for their socio-environmental documentary The Burning Season; up-and-coming filmmaker Erin White and producer Zyra McAuliffe won the Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film, fOUR; Brisbane duo Joshua Beahan and Ruwan de Silva received the Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation for their quirky short The Covenant of Mr Kasch; director Matthew Pond and producer Tina Lymberis took the IF Award for Best Short Documentary for their drag queen extravaganza Undressing Vanessa; the 3 IF Award for Best Music Video went to directors Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Groom and Andrew Yoole and producers Madeleine Milasas and Jodie Passmore for Just A Boy by Angus and Julia Stone.

"celebrity presenters"

The awards ceremony at the Gold Coast Convention Centre was hosted by RocKwiz queen Julia Zemiro and broadcast live on SBS, with Vince Colosimo, Marcus Graham, Sigrid Thornton, Tom Long, Jeremy Sims, Susie Porter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Bill Hunter, Barry Otto and Gracie Otto among the celebrity presenters and a special performance by Kate Miller-Heidike.

Published November 14, 2008

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