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:: Spotlight :: 2010 IF Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Last year ratings for the Inside Film Awards tripled to over 190,000, showing the growing support for Australian productions. This year with cinema audiences for some local films reaching record highs, competition for the IF Awards is set to be fiercer than ever. 15 films are emerging as this year’s front runners.

It is an exciting time for the industry, with Australian-made titles such as Animal Kingdom winning the coveted World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival this year and the second instalment from the Wog Boys Kings Of Mykonos opening to a stellar reception locally. Mao’s Last Dancer became the twelfth most successful Aussie film of all time taking over $15 million at the Box Office while Bran Nue Dae became the second biggest Indigenous themed film in Australian history with final takings over $7.4 million.

With so many great films to see and rate before the September deadline, IF Awards have identified the top 15 films based on ratings thus far and predicted that upcoming releases of Matching Jack and Tomorrow When the War Began will soon join this list.

The top films eligible to be rated for the IF Awards are: Accidents Happen, Animal Kingdom, Beneath Hill 60, The Boys Are Back, Bran Nue Dae, Bright Star, Charlie & Boots, Daybreakers, I Love You Too, The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2, Mao’s Last Dancer, Triangle and The Waiting City.

Other films already eligible for rating for this year’s awards include $9.99, A Day at the Oasis, Bathing Frankly, Before the Rain, Being in Heaven, Blame, Blind Company, Braille, Caught Inside, Coffin Rock, Dreamland, Eraser Children, Girl Clock, Little Sparrows, Lou, Passengers, Playing for Charlie, Prime Mover, Red Hill, Road Train, Savages Crossing, Stone Bros, South Solitary, Subdivision, Summer Coda, Surviving Georgia, The Clinic, The Horseman, The Loved Ones, The Marriage of Figaro, The Nothing Men, The Tree, The Wedding Party, Uninhabited, Van Dieman’s Land and Wasted on the Young.

Ratings for the IF Awards 2010 close on September 17. Make sure that your favourite actors and filmmakers walk away with the IF trophy this year by rating this year’s eligible films online

The 2010 Inside Film Awards is the favourite celebration of the Australian film Industry and the ceremony will be held in mid-November in Sydney.


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**Update as at August 19, 2010**

The Inside Film Awards, Australia’s only people’s choice film awards, celebrate the art of the music video through the SAE IF Award for Best Music Video. With past winners including Natasha Pincus for God Told Me To by Paul Kelly, the creative team behind the video for Just A Boy by Angus & Julia Stone and Dan Reisinger for Sway Sway Baby by Short Stack, the Best Music Video Award shines the spotlight on the people behind the camera, recognising Australia’s most talented music video directors and most incredible music videos. With so many great music videos to watch and rate before the September deadline, IF Awards have identified the top ten contenders based on ratings thus far.

The top ten contenders eligible to be rated for the SAE IF Award for Best Music Video include:
Bell by The Mess Hall directed by Justine Kurzel, Western Front by Bridezillas directed by Justin Kurzel and Daniel Fletcher, The Good News by Philadelphia Grand Jury directed by Luke Tierney, Baby I’m Getting Better by Gyroscope directed by Nick Pollack, Dinosaur by Kisschasy directed by Chris Scott-Baker, Lucky by All India Radio directed by Darcy Prendergast, Could Be Bad by The Scare directed by Tom Noakes, Spaceship by Phrase directed by Marcus Flack and If Your Dad Doesn’t Have a Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums by The Beards directed by Tom Bettany. Also in contention is the 2008 winner Natasha Pincus with two chances of taking home the trophy this year with Powderfinger’s Burn Your Name and Pete Murray’s Chance to Say Goodbye both front runners in the ratings.

Pincus is up against strong competition. The music video for Dinosaur by Kisschasy was directed by film student Chris Scott-Baker who won a competition to have his video selected to accompany the ballad. Despite being the second music video clip he has ever made, it has already been received extremely well by the band’s fans. The newcomer has hit the nail on the head with the animated video.

There has been an immensely diversified range of music and style in the music videos eligible to be rated and Baby I’m Getting Better, the second video from Gyroscope’s album Cohesion, shows just that. The music video is made up of 2,500 individual photos chosen from over 16,000 shot over two days at 14 locations across Sydney using stop motion techniques.

Already the top contenders are receiving public recognition for their creations. Bell by The Mess Hall won ‘Best Music Video’ at SoundKILDA, a division of the St Kilda Film Festival. The hilarious music video for If Your Dad Doesn’t Have a Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums by The Beards has received over 170,000 hits on YouTube and the video was nominated for a 2010 South Australian Screen Award. Lucky by All India Radio was the RAGE Indie pick of the week and won ‘Best Animated Music Video’ at the St Kilda Film Festival. Lucky, shot over six months, features over the top animation created using a long exposure glow stick technique.

Ratings for the IF Awards 2010 close on September 17. Make sure that your favourite musicians, directors and producers walk away with the IF trophy this year by rating this year’s eligible music videos online

The 2010 Inside Film Awards is the favourite celebration of the Australian film Industry and the ceremony will be held in mid-November in Sydney.

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**Update as at September 9, 2010**

Tomorrow When The War Began is the latest in what has been an outstanding year for Australian film with cinema audiences really embracing home grown productions. The IF Awards gives cinema goers a voice about the films they’ve seen. With less than two weeks to go until ratings for the 2010 awards close, this is the final chance for film fans to have their say on who will walk away with the coveted awards at this November’s ceremony.

Before Tomorrow When The War Began’s release the top films in terms of rating for the IF Awards were: Accidents Happen, Animal Kingdom, Beneath Hill 60, The Boys Are Back, Bran Nue Dae, Bright Star, Charlie & Boots, Daybreakers, I Love You Too, The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2, Mao’s Last Dancer, Triangle and The Waiting City.

Other films already eligible for rating for this year’s awards include $9.99, A Day at the Oasis, Bathing Frankly, Before the Rain, Being in Heaven, Blame, Blind Company, Braille, Caught Inside, Coffin Rock, Dreamland, Eraser Children, Girl Clock, Little Sparrows, Lou, Passengers, Playing for Charlie, Prime Mover, Red Hill, Road Train, Savages Crossing, Stone Bros, South Solitary, Subdivision, Summer Coda, Surviving Georgia, The Clinic, The Horseman, The Loved Ones, The Marriage of Figaro, The Nothing Men, The Tree, The Wedding Party, Uninhabited, Van Dieman’s Land and Wasted on the Young.

Who will be among the nominees when they are announced on October 12 is still to be decided, so log on here and tell us which films you loved or hated amongst this year’s selection.

Ratings for the IF Awards 2010 close on September 17. Make sure that your favourite actors and filmmakers walk away with the IF trophy this year by rating this year’s eligible films online.

The 2010 Inside Film Awards is the favourite celebration of the Australian film Industry and the ceremony will be held in mid November in Sydney. Tickets will be available from here in late September.

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**Nominations announced**

The Pavilion at the Sydney Botanical Gardens provided the backdrop to the announcement of the contenders for the 2010 Inside Film Awards. At the event hosted by Rhys Muldoon, Australian Screen legend Jack Thompson and rising star Morgan Griffin announced the nominees for Australia’s only people’s choice film awards.

In a Samson and Goliath tale, the gritty crime drama Animal Kingdom shares the lead in nominations with box-office hit Mao’s Last Dancer despite the latter pulling in almost three times the box office numbers making over $15 million locally. Both films are up for seven awards at the IF Awards ceremony in November.

Nominations are as follows:

The SHOWTIME MOVIE CHANNELS IF Award for Best Feature Film
Animal Kingdom
Beneath Hill 60
Mao’s Last Dancer
Tomorrow When The War Began

The Events NSW IF Award for Best Actor
Ben Mendelsohn – Animal Kingdom
Chi Cao – Mao’s Last Dancer
Deniz Akdeniz – Tomorrow When The War Began
Joel Edgerton – The Waiting City

The IF Award for Best Actress
Caitlin Stasey – Tomorrow When The War Began
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
Joan Chen – Mao’s Last Dancer
Radha Mitchell – The Waiting City

The Jameson IF Award for Best Script
Animal Kingdom – David Michôd
Mao’s Last Dancer – Jan Sardi and Cunxin Li
Tomorrow When The War Began – Stuart Beattie

The Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music
Bran Nue Dae – Cezary Skubiszewski, Jimmy Chi and Kuckles
Mao’s Last Dancer – Christopher Gordon
Tomorrow When The War Began – Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil

The AFTRS IF Award for Best Direction
Animal Kingdom – David Michôd
Bran Nue Dae – Rachel Perkins
Beneath Hill 60 – Jeremy Hartley Sims
Mao’s Last Dancer – Bruce Beresford

The SA FILM IF Award for Best Sound
Animal Kingdom – Sam Petty, Rob Mackenzie, Phillippe Decrausaz
Beneath Hill 60 – Robert Sullivan, Liam Egan, Mark Cornish, Tony Murtagh
Bright Star – John Dennison, Tony Vaccher, Craig Butters

The AVID IF Award for Best Editing
Animal Kingdom – Luke Doolan
Bright Star – Alexandre De Franceschi
The Waiting City – Veronika Jenet

The Dyson IF Award for Best Production Design
Beneath Hill 60 – Clayton Jauncey
Bran Nue Dae – Felicity Abbott
Bright Star – Janet Patterson

The CineAlta by SONY IF Award for Best Cinematography
Bright Star – Greig Fraser
Mao’s Last Dancer – Peter James
The Waiting City – Denson Baker

The National Film & Sound Archive Independent Spirit IF Award
Caught Inside
Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque
Little Sparrows

The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent
Adrian Wills
Ariel Kleiman
Craig Boreham

The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film
Celestial Avenue
Daniel’s 21st
The Wake

The AUTODESK IF Award for Best Short Animation
Evelyn Everyone
The Lost Thing
Zero

The FACB IF Award for Best Short Documentary
Big Fella
From Dope to Dalai Lama
Little Ripper

The IF Award for Best Documentary
Boxing for Palm Island
Lani’s Story
Strange Birds in Paradise

The SAE INSTITUTE IF Award for Best Music Video
Kiku Ohe for Big Jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone
Luke Tierney and Cameron D’Arcy for Baby I’m Getting Better by Gyroscope
Nick Pollack and Anne Robinson for The Good News by Philadelphia Grand Jury

The IF Award for Best Film Festival
Dungog Film Festival
Flickerfest International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival
My Queer Career
Popcorn Taxi
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
St Kilda Film Festival
Sydney International Film Festival
Tropfest

The 2010 Inside Film Awards, Sydney will take place at City Recital Hall Angel Place on Sunday November 14 with an after party at Ivy. Tickets are on sale now here and are for over 18 years only.

For more information, visit

www.ifawards.com