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:: Spotlight :: 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

In a milestone year for Australian film with a record number of 26 features vying for nominations for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards, the Australian Film Institute announces an exciting change to two award categories. This year six nominees instead of the traditional four will be announced for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Award for Best Film, and the newly inaugurated AFI Members’ Choice Award.

The AFI is excited to be able to make this progressive amendment in order to celebrate this amazing year in Australian film. With news that local releases have just exceeded the $20 million mark, it’s clear that Australian films are connecting with audiences in new and exciting ways.

It is a great year for Australian film at the box office, where nine films have exceeded $1 million: Mary & Max, My Year Without Sex, Disgrace, Balibo, Beautiful Kate, and four films have gone further to take over $3 million: Charlie & Boots, Australia, Samson & Delilah and Mao’s Last Dancer which has grossed $3.3 million in its first five days of release.

With a number of wide releases still to come, including The Boys Are Back and Bright Star in December, the box office will continue to grow and may well double by the end of the year, making 2009 a very rich year in Australian film. We look forward to major summer releases including Daybreakers and Bran Nue Dae.

All these factors combine to indicate a blossoming period for the Australian film industry and a wonderful opportunity for Australian audiences to connect with Australian stories. CEO of the Australian Film Institute, Damian Trewhella explains: “This is a landmark year for Australian feature film and it has yielded intense competition for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. A large number of feature film entrants are distinguished by having either already won major awards, done substantial box office, opened major festivals or received glowing critical appraise. The expansion of the number of nominees, intended for 2009 only, is a direct response to the impressive collection of films vying for a coveted AFI Award nomination this year. The AFI feel that expanding the nominees to six will help ensure that we can truly celebrate what is an exceptional year and field in Australian film. With more exciting films about to release, the future looks very bright.”

Official voting is now open for AFI members for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. Voting closes on October 14.

The nominees for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards will be announced at the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Nominations Announcement in Sydney on October 28.

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The Australian Film Institute is delighted to confirm that the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards will take place in Melbourne at the spectacular Regent Theatre on Saturday, December 12. The ceremony will be hosted by Julia Zemiro and broadcast on the Nine Network at 9.30pm that same night.

The 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Ceremony will be preceded by the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures on Friday, December 11, which will also be held at the Regent Theatre.

This announcement follows on from the news of the unprecedented multimillion dollar three-year partnership with Samsung Mobile as the new title sponsor of the SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARDS.

The Australian film industry is witnessing a landmark awards year (October to October) with box office figures surging past $60 million and a record number of 26 feature films vying for nominations for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards.

AFI Patron Dr. George Miller commented on the ascent of Australian film, “There’s nothing wrong with the Australian film industry that a few good films won’t fix and there’s more than a few good films eligible for this year’s AFI Awards. Our filmmakers are working in every genre, and with a lot more rigour towards storytelling and engagement of audiences. Looking at releases over the past 12 months it’s difficult to remember another time when there was such a range of good films. In the past there was the occasional Australian film that would pop up like a flower among the weeds. Lately there seem to be a lot of flowers. And the last time I had a sense of this happening was in the late 70s and early 80s”.

Films in this year’s awards have collectively outperformed the box office reached in many previous cycles. Nine films have exceeded $1 million including Mary & Max, My Year Without Sex, Disgrace, Balibo, and Beautiful Kate. Samson and Delilah took $3 million. Charlie & Boots is on track for $4 million. Mao’s Last Dancer is only three weeks old and sprinting to near $10 million already. And of course Australia, launched late last year but grossed a monstrous $37.5 million into this year, making it the #2 all time Australian film at the domestic box office. This equates to between 5 and 6 million attendances to Australian films in the past 12 months.

The nominations for non-feature, feature film and television AFI Awards will be announced at a media and industry event in Sydney at the Chauvel Cinema on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

In an exciting change to celebrate the strength of Australian film, this year six nominees instead of the traditional four will be announced for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Award for Best Film, and the newly inaugurated AFI Members’ Choice Award.

The 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards will take place in Melbourne at the spectacular Regent Theatre on Saturday, December 12 and broadcast on the Nine Network at 9.30pm

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**Update as at October 28, 2009 - Nominations announced**

In a milestone year for Australian film with box office figures exceeding $65 million from October 2008 to current, Peter O’Brien joined fellow actors Rodger Corser, Jessica Marais and Maeve Dermody at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington to announce the nominations for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. These prestigious awards recognise excellence and success in both the film and television industry.

To celebrate the remarkable year in Australian film, this year six nominees instead of the traditional four were announced for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Award for Best Film. The highly anticipated announcement of nominees for the Samsung Mobile AFI Award for Best Film revealed Balibo, Beautiful Kate, Blessed, Mao’s Last Dancer, Mary and Max and Samson & Delilah as the contenders to take out the coveted award this year.

Four of the films nominated in the Best Film category also received the honour of a nomination for the AFI Award for Best Direction. Those nominees are Robert Connolly (Balibo), Rachel Ward (Beautiful Kate), Bruce Beresford (Mao’s Last Dancer) and Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah).

In other exciting news revealed at the Nominations Announcement, The Australian Film Institute is delighted to announce a new award, the AFI Highest Grossing Film Award, acknowledging the tremendous cinema attendances in this stellar period for Australian film.

Until now there had only been one change to the TOP 15 highest grossing Australian films in the last eight years which was when Happy Feet entered at #3. This year Australia has ascended into the #2 position with a total box office of $37,555,144. Along with Australia, Mao’s Last Dancer, Charlie and Boots and Samson & Delilah have entered the Top 100 Highest Grossing Australian Films list. Details can be found at www.afi.org.au and the AFI Highest Grossing Film Award will be presented at the AFI Awards Ceremony on December 12.

Nominees for all categories will join the host of this year’s ceremony, Julia Zemiro with a cavalcade of Australian film and television stars and industry heavyweights at the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. This 51st anniversary celebration will be held at Melbourne’s stunning Regent Theatre on Saturday December 12 and will be broadcast on the Nine Network at 9.30pm that evening.

The 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards Ceremony will be preceded by the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures on Friday 11 December, which will also be held at the Regent Theatre.

2009 SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARDS NOMINEES

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
Russell Crowe. State of Play
Martin Henderson. House. Network Ten
Anthony LaPaglia. Without a Trace. Nine Network
Guy Pearce. Bedtime Stories

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Rose Byrne. Damages. Foxtel
Toni Collette. United States of Tara. ABC1
Melissa George. In Treatment. Foxtel
Mia Wasikowska. In Treatment. Foxtel

AFI YOUNG ACTOR AWARD
Brandon Walters. Australia
Sebastian Gregory. Beautiful
Tom Russell. Last Ride
Toby Wallace. Lucky Country
Marissa Gibson. Samson & Delilah
Rowan McNamara. Samson & Delilah

AFI VISUAL EFFECTS AWARD
Australia. Chris Godfrey, James E. Price, Andy Brown, Rob Duncan
Death of the Megabeasts. Matt Drummond, Mike Dunn
Plastic. Sandy Widyanata, Eric So, Matthew Mackereth, Christopher Jackson
Scorched. Bertrand Polivka, Soren Jensen. Nine Network

NON-FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

AFI AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Bastardy. Philippa Campey, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Andrew de Groot
The Choir. Chris Hilton, Michael Davie
Glass: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts. Scott Hicks, Susanne Preissler
Lionel. Lizzette Atkins

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER ONE HOUR
The Love Market. Shalom Almond. National Geographic
Salt. Michael Angus. ABC
Solo. Jennifer Peedom. ABC1
Tackling Peace. Marc Radomsky. Network Ten

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Beyond Kokoda. Stig Schnell, Shaun Gibbons. Foxtel
First Australians. Darren Dale, Rachel Perkins, Helen Panckhurst. SBS
Once Bitten. Beth Frey, Janette Howe. SBS
Voices From The Cape. David Selvarajah Vadiveloo, Anna Kaplan. ABC1

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
Bastardy. Amiel Courtin-Wilson
The Choir. Michael Davie
First Australians (Episode 4, There Is No Other Law). Rachel Perkins. SBS
The Love Market. Shalom Almond. National Geographic

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
Beyond Kokoda (Buying Time). Stig Schnell, Shaun Gibbons, Brett Murphy, Ben Nunney. Foxtel
Cracking the Colour Code (Episode 2, Making Colours). Ian Batt, Vincent Fooy. SBS
My Asian Heart. David Bradbury
Salt. Murray Fredericks. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
Bastardy. Bill Murphy, Jack Hutchings, Richard Lowenstein
Cracking the Colour Code (Episode 2, Making Colours). Lawrie Silvestrin. SBS
How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer. Zen Rosenthal. ABC
Yes Madam, Sir. Megan Doneman, Annie Collins

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
The Choir. Sam Hayward, Phil Judd, Felicity Fox, Alli Heynes, Phil Vail, David White
Glass: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts. Stephen R. Smith, Peter Smith
Intangible Asset Number 82. Matthew Ferris, Michael Gissing, Andrew McGrath
Lionel. Nick Batterham, Keith Thomas, Cezary Skubiszewski

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
The Cat Piano. Jessica Brentnall, Eddie White, Ari Gibson
Chicken of God. Jodi Satya, Frank Woodley
The Not-So-Great Eugene Green. Melanie Brunt, Michael Hill
Reach. Luke Randall

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Burn. Anna Kaplan, David Selvarajah Vadiveloo
Liebermans In The Sky. Jessica Redenbach, Richard Vilensky
Miracle Fish. Drew Bailey, Luke Doolan
Water. Sarah Shaw, Corrie Jones

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FILM
Boxer. Michael Latham
Liebermans In The Sky. Richard Vilensky
Miracle Fish. Luke Doolan
Water. Corrie Jones, Sarah Shaw, Ian Meadows

FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

AFI MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Australia. Baz Luhrmann, G. Mac Brown, Catherine Knapman
Balibo. John Maynard, Rebecca Williamson
Beautiful Kate. Leah Churchill-Brown, Bryan Brown
Mao’s Last Dancer. Jane Scott
Mary and Max. Melanie Coombs
Samson & Delilah. Kath Shelper

SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARD FOR BEST FILM
Balibo. John Maynard, Rebecca Williamson
Beautiful Kate. Leah Churchill-Brown, Bryan Brown
Blessed. Al Clark
Mao’s Last Dancer. Jane Scott
Mary and Max. Melanie Coombs
Samson & Delilah. Kath Shelper

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
Balibo. Robert Connolly
Beautiful Kate. Rachel Ward
Mao’s Last Dancer. Bruce Beresford
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

MACQUARIE AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Cedar Boys. Serhat Caradee
Mary and Max. Adam Elliot
My Year Without Sex. Sarah Watt
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

MACQUARIE AFI AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Balibo. Robert Connolly, David Williamson
Beautiful Kate. Rachel Ward
Blessed. Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius, Christos Tsiolkas
Mao’s Last Dancer. Jan Sardi

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Balibo. Tristan Milani ACS
Beautiful Kate. Andrew Commis
Last Ride. Greig Fraser
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
Balibo. Nick Meyers ASE
Blessed. Jill Bilcock ACE, ASE
Mao’s Last Dancer. Mark Warner
Samson & Delilah. Roland Gallois

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
Australia. Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Wayne Pashley MPSE, Guntis Sics
Balibo. Sam Petty, Emma Bortignon, Phil Heywood, Ann Aucote
Mao’s Last Dancer. David Lee, Andrew Neil, Yulia Akerholt, Mark Franken, Roger Savage
Samson & Delilah. Liam Egan, David Tranter, Robert Sullivan, Tony Murtagh,
Yulia Akerholt, Les Fiddess

AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
Australia. David Hirschfelder, Felix Meagher, Baz Luhrmann, Angela Little
Balibo. Lisa Gerrard
Mao’s Last Dancer. Christopher Gordon
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

AFI AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Australia. Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn
Balibo. Robert Cousins
Mao’s Last Dancer. Herbert Pinter
Mary and Max. Adam Elliot

AFI AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Australia. Catherine Martin, Eliza Godman
Balibo. Cappi Ireland
Lucky Country. Mariot Kerr
Mao’s Last Dancer. Anna Borghesi

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
Anthony LaPaglia. Balibo
Ben Mendelsohn. Beautiful Kate
Hugo Weaving. Last Ride
Rowan McNamara. Samson & Delilah

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Sophie Lowe. Beautiful Kate
Frances O’Connor. Blessed
Sacha Horler. My Year Without Sex
Marissa Gibson. Samson & Delilah

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brandon Walters. Australia
Damon Gameau. Balibo
Oscar Isaac. Balibo
Bryan Brown. Beautiful Kate

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bea Viegas. Balibo
Maeve Dermody. Beautiful Kate
Rachel Griffiths. Beautiful Kate
Mitjili Gibson. Samson & Delilah

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**Napoleon Perdis partners with the Samsung Mobile AFI Awards**

Napoleon Perdis has partnered with the Australian Film Institute as the official beauty sponsor of the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. The awards will be held at the stunning Regent Theatre in Melbourne, on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The Napoleon Perdis brand philosophy “red carpet to reality” comes to life via this high-profile partnership.

The Napoleon Perdis senior team of makeup artists’ will be styling high profile celebrities before their grand entrances at the AFI Awards Ceremony. Hosts, nominees, presenters and winners alike will be glowing as the Creative Team work their magic with Napoleon Perdis’ enchanting prestige cosmetics line.

The brand will also have presence at the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures on Friday, December 11. The Napoleon Perdis brand will have a style suite area, where talent and guests will receive makeup touch ups from our Creative team for the 2 day duration.

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**Update as at December 2, 2009 - Presenters announced**

On Friday December 11 and Saturday December 12 Australia’s film and television industry will descend upon Melbourne to celebrate the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. This 51st celebration will be held at Melbourne’s stunning Regent Theatre and broadcast on the Nine Network at 9.30pm on Saturday, December 12.

Guest presenters across the two nights include: Toni Collette (Sat), Frances O’Connor (Fri & Sat), Anthony LaPaglia (Sat), Catherine Martin (Fri), Bryan Brown (Sat), Rachel Ward (Fri), Adam Elliot (Fri & Sat), Kate Ritchie (Sat), Marissa Gibson (Fri), Warwick Thornton (Fri), Damian Walshe-Howling (Fri) and Asher Keddie (Fri) with more presenters to be announced soon!

Hosted by RocKwiz’s Julia Zemiro, this year’s Samsung Mobile AFI Awards promise to be a dazzling celebration of Australian film and television. The telecast will feature a very special performance from Australian multi-platinum selling songstress Vanessa Amorosi.

In addition to the presenters, guests confirmed to attend include: Li Cunxin, Sophie Lowe, Toby Wallace, Susie Porter, Sebastian Gregory, Elissa Down, Adam Zwar, Roy Billing, Jan Sardi, Fred Schepisi, Frank Woodley, Bea Viegas, Gyton Grantley, Erik Thomson, Nathan Phillips, Julian Morrow, Kim Gyngell, Damian de Montemas, Mitjili Gibson, Gia Carides, Don Hany, Sacha Horler, Brian Nankervis, Tom Russell, Rachael Blake, Catherine Martin, The Hon Tim Holding, The Hon Peter Garrett, The Hon Gavin Jennings, Robert Menzies, Billie Brown, Russel Howcroft, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Kathryn Beck, Phil Lloyd and more.

Over the two nights, 48 awards will be handed out in the Feature Film, Non Feature and Television categories. The 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards recognise excellence and success in both the film and television industry.

The nominees announced in October to take out the coveted Samsung Mobile AFI Award for Best Film are Balibo, Beautiful Kate, Blessed, Mao’s Last Dancer, Mary and Max and Samson & Delilah

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**Winners announced**

The full list of 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Award winners are:

SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARD FOR BEST FILM
Samson & Delilah. Kath Shelper

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

MACQUARIE AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

MACQUARIE AFI AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Balibo. David Williamson, Robert Connolly

AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
Mao’s Last Dancer. Christopher Gordon

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
Anthony LaPaglia. Balibo

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Frances O’Connor. Blessed

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Oscar Isaac. Balibo

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Griffiths. Beautiful Kate

AFI AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
East West 101, Season 2. Kristine Wyld, Steve Knapman. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE, MINI SERIES OR SHORT RUN SERIES
False Witness. Greg Haddrick, Peter Andrikidis. UKTV

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
East West 101, Season 2 (Episode 13, Atonement) Peter Andrikidis. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 11, The Brotherhood) Kris Mrksa. Nine Network

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Roy Billing. Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. Nine Network

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Susie Porter. East West 101, Season 2. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Damian de Montemas. Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 11, The Brotherhood). Nine Network

AFI AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Anni Finsterer. 3 Acts of Murder. ABC1

AFI AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Glass: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts. Scott Hicks, Susanne Preissler

AFI YOUNG ACTOR AWARD
Marissa Gibson & Rowan McNamara. Samson & Delilah

BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
Ray Brown

NEWS LIMITED READERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Mao’s Last Dancer. Jane Scott

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
Russell Crowe. State of Play

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Toni Collette. United States of Tara. ABC1

AFI HIGHEST GROSSING FILM AWARD
Australia. Marc Wooldridge, Baz Luhrmann, G. Mac Brown, Catherine Knapman, Stuart Beattie, Ronald Harwood, Richard Flanagan

The full list of winners from the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures are:

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
Balibo. Nick Meyers ASE

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
Samson & Delilah. Liam Egan, David Tranter, Robert Sullivan, Tony Murtagh, Yulia Akerholt, Les Fiddess

AFI AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Australia. Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn

AFI AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Australia. Catherine Martin, Eliza Godman

AFI MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Samson & Delilah. Kath Shelper

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION DRAMA
The Elephant Princess. Jonathan M. Shiff, Joanna Werner. Network Ten

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION ANIMATION
Figaro Pho. Luke Jurevicius. ABC1

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
Spicks and Specks. Anthony Watt. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
Phil Lloyd. Review With Myles Barlow. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
Review With Myles Barlow. Dean Bates. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN TELEVISION SCREEN CRAFT
Luke Jurevicius. Figaro Pho - Creative Excellence

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
The Choir. Michael Davie

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
Cracking the Colour Code (Episode 2, Making Colours). Ian Batt, Vincent Fooy. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer. Zen Rosenthal. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
Intangible Asset Number 82. Matthew Ferris, Michael Gissing, Andrew McGrath

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER ONE HOUR
Solo. Jennifer Peedom. ABC1

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
First Australians. Darren Dale, Rachel Perkins, Helen Panckhurst. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
The Cat Piano. Jessica Brentnall, Eddie White, Ari Gibson

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Miracle Fish. Drew Bailey, Luke Doolan

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FILM
Miracle Fish. Luke Doolan

AFI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SHORT FILM SCREEN CRAFT
Andrew McLeod. Water - Cinematography

AFI VISUAL EFFECTS AWARD
Australia. Chris Godfrey, James E. Price, Andy Brown, Rob Duncan

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING
Nathan McGuinness. Senior Visual Effects Supervisor.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Terminator Salvation, The Unborn, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The AFI Awards presented at the AFI OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT DINNER, held on Saturday August 1, 2009 were:

AFI RAYMOND LONGFORD AWARD
Geoffrey Rush

AFI AWARD FOR SCREEN CONTENT INNOVATION
Gallipoli: The First Day. Sam Doust, Meena Tharmarajah, Astrid Scott

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**Pictures from the event by Matt Deller**

stars from the film Samson & Delilah
stars from the film Balibo
Anthony LaPaglia & wife Gia Carides Baz Luhrmann with young “ Australia” star Brandon Walters
Li Cunxin and wife Mary McKendry
Toni Collette Sebastian Gregory
Warwick Thornton
Vince Colosimo
Damien Walshe-Howling, Asher Keddie & Gyton Grantley
Roy Billing & wife
Sophie Lowe Robert Connolly
Asher Keddie Emelia Burns
Erika Heynatz Erika Heynatz and Brandon Walters
Frances O'Connor
Adam Elliot
Nathan Phillips
Fred Schepisi & wife
Shane Jacobson Vanessa Amorosi
Holly Valance