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:: Spotlight :: 2009 Inside Film Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

With only four weeks to go to vote in Australia’s only national people’s choice awards for Australian film, It’s time to make your voice heard here

Celebrating its 11th year the Inside Film Awards celebrate and champion Australian film and creative talent as decided by the general public. These aren’t awards based on industry perception alone – they are truly reflective of what the general public thinks about Australian films and performances. With past Inside Film Awards attended by some of the most influential names in Australian movie industry such as Baz Luhrmann, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana and Nicole Kidman, here is your chance to tell us what you loved and loathed in 2009.

Thanks to the new improved Inside Film Awards website, voting couldn’t be easier. By logging on here you’ll find a listing of every eligible film for this 2009 including Australia, Samson and Delilah, Mary & Max and Balibo. You can rate each film that you have seen for its main actor and/or actress, script and music as well as giving an overall rating for the film.

THE FOLLOWING FILMS ARE READY TO BE RATED:
$9.99
Charlie & Boots
Mary & Max
Subdivision
Acolytes
Closed For Winter
My Year Without Sex
The Combination
Australia
Crush
Prey
The Loved Ones
Bad Bush
Disgrace
Prime Mover
The View From Greenhaven
Balibo
Dying Breed
Restraint
Three Blind Mice
Beautiful
Four Of A Kind
Salvation
Two Fists One Heart
Beautiful Kate
Lake Mungo
Samson and Delilah
Van Diemen’s Land
Bitter and Twisted
Last Ride
Shadows Of The Past
Blessed
Little Deaths
Stone Bros
Cedar Boys
Lucky Country
Storage

Tickets to attend the IF Awards event on Wednesday, November 18 are now on sale. Check the website.
Tickets prices:
$150 – Film Industry Price
$200 – Regular Price

Tickets allow entry into the awards ceremony in the Big Top, and the after-party in the Crystal Palace.
All food, beverages and entertainment are included in the ticket price.

The IF Awards will be held at Luna Park Sydney, 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point.

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**Update as at September 14, 2009**

With only one week to go and over 90,000 ratings already lodged, it’s your final chance to have your say of the Best Music Video in the IF Awards

With over 90,000 ratings already lodged for the IF Awards, Australia’s only people’s choice film awards, there are only a few days left to love it hate it or rate it. Check out the 45 eligible music videos this year such as Gunhild eligible for I'm from Barcelona, Rescue Me nominated for The Early Republic or White Noise nominated for The Living End.

Celebrating its 11th year the Inside Film Awards celebrate Australian film and champion Australian music clips in the Music Video Category. These aren’t awards based on industry perception alone – they are truly reflective of what the general public thinks about Australian music films and performances.

With past Inside Film Awards going to some of the most influential names in the Australian music industry such as Just a Boy by Angus & Julia Stone and God Told Me To by Paul Kelly, here is your chance to tell us what you loved and loathed in 2009.

THE FOLLOWING ELIGIBLE MUSIC CLIPS ARE READY TO BE RATED:
A Heart Divided
All I want
Are you interested
Autumn Story
Bird of Feather
Caught In The Crowd
Centrelink
Coca Cola
Cold Heart Killer
Five Beds for Bitsy
Garble Arch
Get it boy
Gunhild
He’s a Rocker
Irresponsible
Jam Hot
Jealousy
Language
Lullaby of The Apocalypse
Make You Happy
Monkey On A Wire
Push
Rescue Me
Simthereens
Skylight
Standard Life
Sunshine
The Basement
The Sea is Rising
Vulnerable Heart
White Noise
Wild Eyed Boy
With This Ship
plus more

Thanks to the new improved Inside Film Awards website, voting couldn’t be easier. By logging on here you’ll find a listing of every eligible music film for this 2009.

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**Tickets now on sale - as at September 25, 2009**

Australia’s only people’s choice film awards…the IF Awards…are voted by the public and can be attended by the public!

TV coverage of awards events like the Emmys and the Oscars consistently are watched by millions looking to get a glimpse of their favourite stars. Now Sydney film fans have the chance again to experience the Australian film industry’s coolest and most irreverent event alongside their favourite stars at Sydney’s Luna Park on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. The Inside Film Awards, attended in previous years by stars like Baz Luhrmann, Toni Colette, Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana and Nicole Kidman, offers a relaxed fun night where film industry insiders and fans come together to celebrate a great year in Australian film.

Ticket holders kick the night off with pre-ceremony drinks and canapé’s under the stars, enjoying the picturesque views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. All guests then experience the awards ceremony first hand in the Big Top, where they are seated amongst the who’s who of the entertainment industry for the 90 minute show. To top the night off, ticket holders are then invited to celebrate alongside the winners at the after-party in the Crystal Palace. For just $200 (Regular Price) or $150 (Film Industry Price) all food, beverages and entertainment are included…and not a VIP section in sight.

IF Award talent and event organisers agree that the inclusive nature of the Awards defines its unique charm. Cinema legend Barry Otto rates the IF Awards highly, "The IFs are more irreverent, fun and relaxed and it has been good to see something which started out small, new and groovy grow into something really special.”

This year boasts a number of well known eligible films such as Baz Luhrmann’s international blockbuster Australia, the Cannes Film Festival winning tale of young love in an aboriginal community Samson and Delilah, Mary & Max, and the critically acclaimed true story of Australian journalists killed in the East Timor village of Balibo.

Tickets are on sale here and are for people over 18 years of age only.

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**Update as at October 2, 2009**

The Who’s Who of the Australian film industry will be out in force on Monday, October 12 to find out who will be in line for this year’s Inside Film Awards. Internationally acclaimed actor David Wenham, Director Jeremy Sims and Packed to the Rafters star Jessica McNamee will be announcing the finalists in 17 categories. These categories include 10 People’s Choice Categories as well as Craft Categories, Independent Spirit and Rising Talent. There will be three finalists announced for each award.

The other 3 awards presented at the Inside Film Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 18 will be Box Office, Living Legend and Festival of the Year.

Among the films eligible for nomination are Baz Luhrmann’s international blockbuster Australia, the Cannes Film Festival winning tale of young love in an aboriginal community Samson and Delilah, Oscar winning creator of Harvie Krumpet’s new animated sensation Mary & Max, the critically acclaimed true story of Australian journalists killed in the East Timor village of Balibo as well as Two Fist One Heart, Beautiful Kate, Charlie & Boots, $9.99, Cedar Boys, Blessed, Disgrace, Last Ride, My Year Without Sex and Prime Mover.

Eligible for nominations in the Best Actor or Best Actress category include Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman for Australia, Anthony LaPaglia and Bea Viegas for Balibo, Tony Martin and Natalie Imbruglia for Closed for Winter, Michael Dorman and Emily Barclay for Prime Mover, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Colette for $9.99, John Malkovich and Jessica Haines for Disgrace, Joel Edgerton and Hanna M. Lawrence for Acolytes and Ewan Leslie and Gracie Otto for Three Blind Mice.

IF Awards Nominees Announcement occurs on Monday, October 12 at 10.30am at The Pavilion, 1 Art Gallery Road, The Sydney Domain.

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**Nominations announced**

The IF Awards nominations are:

The Showtime IF Award for Best Feature Film
Balibo
Cedar Boys
Samson & Delilah

The IF Award for Best Actor
Anthony LaPaglia – Balibo
Rowan McNamara – Samson & Delilah
Hugo Weaving – Last Ride

The IF Award for Best Actress
Marissa Gibson – Samson & Delilah
Sasha Horler – My Year Without Sex
Frances O’Connor – Blessed

The Jameson IF Award for Best Script
Mary & Max – Adam Elliot
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Thornton
Balibo – Robert Connolly, David Williamson

The Dinosaur Design IF Award for Best Music
Mary & Max – Dale Cornelius
Balibo – Lisa Gerrard
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Thornton

The National Film & Sound Archive IF Award for Best Direction
Mary & Max – Adam Elliot
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Thornton
Beautiful Kate – Rachel Ward

The Zig Zab Lane IF Award for Best Sound
Australia – Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Wayne Pashley, Guntis Sics
Balibo – Sam Petty, Emma Bortignon, Phil Heywood, Ann Aucote
Samson & Delilah – Liam Egan, David Tranter, Robert Sullivan, Tony Murtagh, Yulia Akerholt

The AVID IF Award for Best Editing
Balibo – Nick Myers
Beautiful Kate – Veronika Jenet
Blessed – Jill Bilcock

The Dyson IF Award for Best Production Design
Australia – Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn
Blessed – Simon McCutcheon
Mary & Max – Adam Elliot

The Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography
Balibo – Tristan Milani
Beautiful Kate – Andrew Commis
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Thornton

The Resolution Design Independent Spirit IF Award
Lake Mungo - Director , Joel Anderson
The 10 Conditions of Love - Director, Jeff Daniels
My Tehran for Sale – Director, Granaz Moussavi

The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent
Dominic Allen
Darren Dale
Rene Hernandez

The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film
Aunty Maggie & The Womba Wakgun - Directed by Leah Purcell
Ralph – Directed by Deborah Mailman
Jacob – Directed by Dena Curtis

The Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation
The Cat Piano – Eddie White & Ari Gibson
Tin Can Heart – Rodney March
Chicken of God – Frank Woodley

The Production Book IF Award for Best Short Documentary
Mankind is No Island – Jason Van Genderen
The Love Market – Shalom Almond
Searching for Michael Peterson – Jolyon Hoff

The FACB IF Award for Best Documentary
The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce – Michael James Rowland
Yes, Madam, Sir – Megan Doneman
A Good Man – Safina Uberoi

The Chaotic Pictures IF Award for Best Music Video
Sway Sway Baby – Short Stack – Dan Reisinger
Sun Shower – The Little Stevies – Robin Geradts-Gill
Wild Eyed Boy – Birds of Tokyo – Josh Groom

The Cutting Edge IF Award for Box Office Achievement
Recipient to be announced at the 2009 IF Awards on November 18

The Living Legend IF Award
Recipient to be announced at the 2009 IF Awards on November 18

The TDC IF Award for Best Film Festival
Recipient to be announced at the 2009 IF Awards on November 18

Back in Sydney to begin a second decade in 2009 the Inside Film Awards celebrate and champion Australian film and creative talent as decided by the general public. This year’s Inside Film Awards are on Wednesday, November 18 at Sydney’s Luna Park.

Tickets are on sale now here

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**More presenters announced**

Performer Natalie Bassingthwaighte has managed to successfully bridge the world of acting and music with both hit albums and juicy roles to her name. She will be taking her place among Australia’s top acting talent as a presenter of the 2009 Kodak Inside Film Awards and will be bringing fellow musician, INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly along for the ride. The musical link will continue with TV star Jason Dundas spinning the decks at the after party at the Crystal Palace.

Also announced today as 2009 Kodak If Awards presenters are Oscar winning film maker Adam Elliot who is also nominated in four categories for Mary & Max and Actress and film maker Deborah Mailman who is nominated for the The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film for Ralph. Directors of Daybreakers the Spierig Brothers Peter and Michael, actors Alison Whyte and Dustin Clare of Satisfaction and writer and star of The Wog Boy and the upcoming Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos, Nick Giannopoulos.

They will join previously announced presenters Sam Worthington, Megan Gale, Kat Stewart, Matt Day, Justine Clarke, Peter O’Brien, Gyton Grantley, Aden Young, Emily Barclay, Jacqueline McKenzie, Emma Booth and Jan Chapman.

Film fans now have the chance to rub shoulders with these and other Australian stars on the red carpet and join TV star Jason Dundas as he spin the decks at the year’s coolest after-party at the 2009 Kodak Inside Film Awards. Tickets are available here

The 2009 Kodak Inside Film Awards will be broadcast as follows:
SBS, 10.00pm Thursday, November 19
Showcase, 11:30pm Friday, November 20
Showcase, 5:40pm Saturday, November 21
SHOWTIME, 10:25pm Tuesday, November 24
SHOWTIME, 9:25am Wednesday, November 25

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**Winners announced**

There were plenty of stars at Luna Park in Sydney to celebrate the 11th annual Kodak Inside Film Awards. The action packed ceremony was hosted by comedian Eddie Perfect who wrote two songs for the show, with Sam Worthington, Jan Chapman, Kirk Pengilly, Peter O’Brien, Jacqueline McKenzie, Megan Gale, Adam Elliot, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Scott Hicks among the celebrity presenters.

Cannes Palme D’Or winner Samson & Delilah took out the SHOWTIME IF Best Film Award for Warwick Thornton and Kath Shelper. First timers Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara overcame serious competition from industry heavyweights Hugo Weaving, Frances O’Connor, Anthony La Paglia and Sasha Horler to win the Best Actress and Best Actor awards respectively. Warwick Thornton also took out the honours with the NFSA Best Director IF Award.

The highlight of the night for many was the crowning of the awards newest Living Legend which went to Australian cinema pioneer and innovator Baz Luhrmann, supported by his wife Catherine Martin and the Australia team, who took to the stage to accept the 2009 Kodak Living Legend IF Award.

Full list of winners:

The SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Kath Shelper

The TIME OUT IF Award for Best Actor
Rowan McNamara – Samson & Delilah

The IF Award for Best Actress
Marissa Gibson – Samson & Delilah

The Jameson IF Award for Best Script
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Thornton

The Dinosaur Design IF Award for Best Music
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Thornton

The National Film & Sound Archive IF Award for Best Direction
Samson & Delilah – Warwick Thornton

The Zig Zag Lane IF Award for Best Sound
Balibo – Sam Petty, Emma Bortignon, Phil Heywood, Ann Aucote

The AVID IF Award for Best Editing
Balibo – Nick Meyers

The Dyson IF Award for Best Production Design
Mary & Max – Adam Elliot

The Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography
Beautiful Kate – Andrew Commis

The Resolution Design Independent Spirit IF Award
My Tehran For Sale – Director: Granaz Moussavi Producers, Julie Ryan, Kate Croser, Granaz Moussavi

The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent
Dominic Allen

The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film
Ralph – Director Deborah Mailman, Producers Jessie Mangum and Kylie Du Fresne

The Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation
The Cat Piano – Directors Eddie White & Ari Gibson, Producer Jessica Brentnall

The Production Book IF Award for Best Short Documentary
Mankind is No Island – Jason Van Genderen

The FACB IF Award for Best Documentary
The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce – Michael James Rowland, Producer Nial Fulton

The Chaotic Pictures IF Award for Best Music Video
Sway Sway Baby – Short Stack – Dan Reisinger

The Cutting Edge IF Award for Box Office Achievement
Australia – Baz Luhrmann, G.Mac Brown and Catherine Knapman

The Kodak Living Legend IF Award
Baz Luhrmann

The TDC IF Award for Best Film Festival
Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival


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