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2/8/2012: POLAND, AUST, HOLLAND SHARE IN INDIE GEMS AWARDS

The moving documentary, The Officer’s Wife, took the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at this year's Indie Gems Festival. The film’s screening was accompanied by a video introduction from the LA based director Piotr Uzarowicz and the Consul-General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney, Daniel Gromann, spoke on behalf of the polish community. The Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film was awarded to the Dutch animated film Big Buck Bunny, produced by the Blender Foundation.

In an Australian first, Indie Gems Film Festival shone the spotlight back onto Australian mentors with the 2012 inaugural Mentor of the Year Award, which was awarded to Tom Zubrycki. "I find mentoring incredibly rewarding. It's the knowledge that you're passing on a skill-set to the next generation of filmmakers and nurturing some really great talent" explains Tom.

Tom was nominated by Sydney based filmmaker Ana Tiwary, "Tom has been mentoring me for a couple of years and he has been incredibly generous with his time and advice. Over the years, Tom has mentored formally as well as informally several emerging documentary filmmakers and given them the practical guidance needed to enter an industry that creates very few opportunities for young filmmakers." See below for a full list of award winners.

In addition to the film program, Indie Gems hosted a unique panel discussion on indie film production and distribution with speakers John L. Simpson (CEO of Titan View), Ahmed Salama (marketing guru of The Tunnel & The Combination), Ian Astridge (low-budget production expert) and Martyn Park (iSOLATE).

Audience Choice Awards
Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film
Big Buck Bunny
Dir: Sacha Goedegebure / Prod: Ton Roosendaal / Art Dir: Andy Goralczyk

Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film
The Officer's Wife
Dir: Piotr Uzarowicz / Prod: Julie Janata, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Piotr Uzarowicz

Judges' Choice Awards
Best Feature Film
10 Terrorists
Dir: Dee McLachlan / Prod: Andrea Buck / Wr: Dee McLachlan

Best Director
Piotr Uzarowicz, The Officer's Wife

Best Script
Jeremy Stanford & Max Dann, The Sunset Six

Best Male Actor
Shaun Goss, Bathing Franky
Greg Stone, The Sunset Six

Best Supporting Male Actor
Jamie McDonald, The Sunset Six

Best Female Actress
Jacinta John, iSOLATE

Best Supporting Female Actress
Maria Venuti, Bathing Franky

Best Music
James Roche, The Sunset Six

Best Editing
Dee McLachlan & Sam Davies, 10 Terrorists

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Maria Venuti in Bathing Franky


Tom Zubrycki, Mentor of the Year with Ana Tiwary







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