The 62nd Sydney Film Festival tonight awarded Arabian Nights,directed by Miguel Gomes,the prestigious Sydney Film Prize, out of a selection of 12 Official Competition films.
The $62,000 cash prize was awarded at the Festival’s Closing Night Gala awards ceremony and event: the world premiere screening of Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man, held at the State Theatre.
Journalist Michael Ware and two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag were awarded the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary, a $10,000 cash prize, for Only the Dead; with a special mention going to The Lost Aviator directed by Andrew Lancaster.
The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films were announced; awarding A Single Body directed and written by Sotiris Dounoukos the Dendy Live Action Short Award; Grace Under Water directed and produced by Anthony Lawrence the Yoram Gross Animation Award; and Brooke Goldfinch for Red Rover the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director.
The Event Cinema Australian Short Screenplay Award was awarded to Bluey, written and directed by Darlene Johnson, who received a $5,000 cash prize, with a special mention to Ryan Griffen for You Turn.