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:: Spotlight :: 2008 Inside Film Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The 10th annual Inside Film Awards has kicked off with nominees being announced in Sydney recently. The Black Balloon leads the way with 10 nominations, including a nod for the SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film. Joining them in the race for the SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film are independent films Men’s Group and Son of a Lion.

The Black Balloon also received a nomination in the IF Award for Best Director category for Elissa Down; the IF Award for Best Actress, for Gemma Ward’s performance; the Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor, for Rhys Wakefield’s performance; the Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography, for Denson Baker ACS; the IF Award for Best Script by Jimmy The Exploder and Elissa Down; The Black Balloon also pick up nominations in the following categories – the IF Award for Best Production Design, the Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing, the Zig Zag Lane IF Award for Best Sound and the Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music.

Men’s Group picked up a total of four nominations, including for the Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor, for Grant Dodwell, the Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music, for Haydn Walker, and the IF Award for Best Script, for director Michael Joy and John L Simpson. Men’s Group is currently undergoing a staggered release around the country, having already won last year’s SPAARTAN Award and played strongly at the major film festivals.

In addition to it’s nomination for the SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film, Son of a Lion rounded out the Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music category with a nomination for Amanda Brown. The maverick production has also picked up a nomination in the Post Op Group Independent Spirit IF Award for director Benjamin Gilmour and producer Carolyn Johnson.

Unfinished Sky nabbed eight nods in the nominations, including the IF Award for Best Actress for Dutch leading lady Monic Hendrickx, reprising her award winning performance from the original film on which Unfinished Sky is based, De Poolse Bruid. Other nominations include the Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor, for William McInnes; the IF Award for Best Director and the IF Award for Best Script for Peter Duncan; the Production Book IF Award for Best Production Design; the Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing; he Zig Zag Lane IF Award for Best Sound; and the Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography for Robert Humphreys ACS, a previous IF Award winner for his work on Somersault in 2004.

Black Water picked up three nominations, and rounds out the feature film categories. Maeve Dermody has been recognised with a nomination for Best Actress for her lead role in the frightening indy crocodile flick, which has also been given a nod in the IF Award for Best Director nominations for David Nerlih and Andrew Traucki as well as the Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing.

Tropfest feature film September picked up two nominations today in the Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography for previous nominee Jules O’Loughlin (Kokoda, 2005) and for Sam Hobbs (the Production Book IF Award for Best Production Design).

Another Tropfest winner Steve Baker has picked up a nomination for the Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation for his new film Dog With Electric Collar, sharing the honour with producer Damon Escott. Other nominees include previous winners of the Queensland New Filmmakers Award co-directors Ruwan de Silva and Joshua Beahan for their film The Covenant of Mr Kasch. Director Glen Hunwick’s Mutt, produced by previous IF Award winner Beth Frey is also nominated for the Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation.

The nominees for the IF Award for Best Documentary is dominated by previous winners; two-time IF Award winner Sascha Ettinger Epstein (2003 & 2005 for Best Short Documentary) picks up two nominations for The Oasis, which she shares with producer and co-director Ian Darling and Playing In The Shadows with her 2005 co-winner Marco Iannello. Finishing the Best Documentary nominees are 2004 winners Cathy Henkel and Jeff Canin for their new film The Burning Season, shared with previous nominee Trish Lake.

Tom Zubrycki, a nominee for the IF Best Documentary in 2001, 2002 and 2003, as well as a winner for Best Short Documentary in 2006, continues his run with another nomination for his film Mad Morro for Best Short Documentary, shared with director Kelrick Martin. Director Randall Wood and producer Vickie Gest nab a nomination for Rare Chicken Rescue (executive produced by Trish Lake), while director Matthew Pond and producer Tina Lymberis receive a nod for their film Undressing Vanessa.

Last year’s Atlab IF Award for Rising Talent nominee Erin White proves what a Rising Talent she is, scoring a nomination for the Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film for fOUR, with producer Zyra McAuliffe. Joining Erin and Zyra are director Nash Edgerton and producer Nicole O’Donohue for the acclaimed Spider and Steve and Jules Callen for award-winning You Better Watch Out.

The Post Op Group Independent Spirit IF Award nominees include; Christopher Weekes, writer/director and lead actor of Bitter & Twisted; producer Jason Byrne who independently funded and distributed cult comedy Rats & Cats; and director Benjamin Gilmour, along with producer Carolyn Johnson who have successfully launched their first documentary Son of a Lion.

The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent nominees for up and coming filmmakers include; Amy Gebhardt (Director of Heart, Look Sharp); Cris Jones (Director of The Funk); and Leon Ford (Director of Katoomba, Actor The Last Chip).

For the second year, the Inside Film Awards recognised the work of filmmakers in the form of the music video, last year won by director Natasha Pincus with her Paul Kelly music clip God Told Me To. Over 100 music videos were submitted for nomination, with audience response up by over 70 per cent on last year. This years nominees for the 3 IF Award for Best Music Video are; director Luke Eve and producer Simon Ritch for Emergency! Emergency!, performed by The Hot Lies; directors Stephen Lance and Damon Escott (who also received a nomination for his animation) with producer Leanne Tonkes for If You Keep Losing Sleep, performed by Silverchair; and lastly, directors Angus & Julia Stone, Josh Groom and Andrew Yoole with producers Madeleine Milasas and Jodie Passmore for Just A Boy, performed by Angus & Julia Stone. In a curious twist, Josh Groom won the Inside Film Awards’ ‘Party With The Stars’ competition last year, seeing him fly to the Gold Coast to attend the 2007 event with partner Madeleine Milasas, so they are no strangers to the glamour of the film industry party of the year.

The winners of the coveted IF Awards in 2008 will be revealed on Thursday, November 13 when the glittering ceremony takes place on the Gold Coast. The IF Awards are broadcast on live on SBS TV and can be seen again on SHOWTIME on Tuesday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 19.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

The SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film
The Black Balloon – directed by Elissa Down and produced by Tristram Miall
Men’s Group – directed by Michael Joy and produced by Michael Joy and John L Simpson
Son of a Lion – directed by Benjamin Gilmour and produced by Carolyn Johnson

The IF Award for Best Director
David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki – Black Water
Elissa Down – The Black Balloon
Peter Duncan – Unfinished Sky

The Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor
Rhys Wakefield – The Black Balloon
Grant Dodwell – Men’s Group
William McInnes – Unfinished Sky

The IF Award for Best Actress
Gemma Ward – The Black Balloon
Maeve Dermody – Black Water
Monic Hendrickx – Unfinished Sky

The Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography
Denson Baker ACS – The Black Balloon
Jules O’Loughlin – September
Robert Humphreys ACS – Unfinished Sky

The Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music
Michael Yezerski – The Black Balloon
Haydn Walker – Men’s Group
Amanda Brown – Son of a Lion

The IF Award for Best Script
Elissa Down and Jimmy The Exploder – The Black Balloon
Michael Joy and John L Simpson – Men’s Group
Peter Duncan – Unfinished Sky

The SBS IF Award for Best Documentary
The Burning Season – Directed by Cathy Henkel and produced by Jeff Canin, Trish Lake and Cathy Henkel.
The Oasis – Co-directed by Ian Darling and Sascha Ettinger Epstein and produced by Ian Darling.
Playing In The Shadows – Co-directed and co-produced by Sascha Ettinger Epstein and Marco Ianiello

The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film
fOUR – Directed by Erin White and produced by Zyra McAuliffe
Spider – Directed by Nash Edgerton and produced by Nicole O’Donohue.
You Better Watch Out – Directed by Steve Callen and produced by Jules Callen.

The Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation
The Covenant of Mr Kasch – Co-directed and co-produced by Joshua Beahan and Ruwan de Silva
Dog With Electric Collar – Directed by Steve Baker and produced by Damon Escott.
Mutt – Directed by Glen Hunwick and produced by Beth Frey.

The IF Award for Best Short Documentary
Mad Morro – Directed by Kelrick Martin and produced by Tom Zubrycki.
Rare Chicken Rescue – Directed by Randall Wood and produced by Vickie Gest.
Undressing Vanessa – Directed by Matthew Pond and produced by Tina Lymberis.

The 3 IF Award for Best Music Video
Director Luke Eve and producer Simon Ritch – “Emergency! Emergency!” by The Hot Lies.
Directors Damon Escott and Stephen Lance and producer Leanne Tonkes – “If You Keep Losing Sleep” by Silverchair .
Directors Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Groom and Andrew Yoole and producers Madeleine Milasas and Jodie Passmore – “Just A Boy” by Angus and Julia Stone

The Production Book IF Award for Best Production Design
Nicholas McCallum – The Black Balloon
Sam Hobbs – September
Laurie Faen – Unfinished Sky

The Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing
Veronica Jenet ASE – The Black Balloon
Rodrigo Balart – Black Water
Suresh Ayyar – Unfinished Sky

The Zig Zag Lane IF Award for Best Sound
Paul Pirola – The Black Balloon
Sam Petty – The Square
Andrew Plain, Annie Breslin, Will Ward – Unfinished Sky

The Post Op Group Independent Spirit IF Award
Christopher Weekes, writer/director and lead actor – Bitter & Twisted
Jason Byrne, producer – Rats & Cats
Benjamin Gilmour (director) and Carolyn Johnson (producer) – Son of a Lion

The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent
Amy Gebhardt (Director of Heart, Look Sharp)
Cris Jones (Director of The Funk)
Leon Ford (Director of Katoomba, Actor The Last Chip)

ZTudio What IF? Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay
Sam Voutas – Red Light Revolution
Kieran Darcy-Smith – Memorial Day
Matthew C Vaughan – Get Black

The following awards will also be presented on the night at the Inside Film Awards:

The IF Award for a Living Legend
The Screen Australia IF Award for Box Office Achievement
The Inside Film Magazine Award for Festival of the Year

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**Winners announced**

Stars flocked to the Gold Coast to celebrate the 10th annual V Australia Inside Film Awards. The action packed ceremony was hosted by Julia Zemiro and broadcast live on SBS, with Vince Colosimo, Marcus Graham, Sigrid Thornton, Tom Long, Jeremy Sims, Susie Porter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Bill Hunter, Barry Otto and Gracie Otto among the celebrity presenters and special performance by Kate Miller-Heidike.

Festival success story Men's Group took out the SHOWTIME IF Best Film Award for Michael Joy and John L Simpson, the Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor for Grant Dodwell's first leading role since the glory days of A Country Practice and the Screen Australia IF Award for Best Script.

2008 V AUSTRALIA INSIDE FILM AWARD WINNERS

The SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film Winner: Director Michael Joy and producers Michael Joy and John L Simpson Film: Men’s Group

The Screen Australia IF Award for Best Director Winner: Peter Duncan Film: Unfinished Sky

The Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor Winner: Grant Dodwell Film: Men’s Group

The IF Award for Best Actress Winner: Monic Hendrickx Film: Unfinished Sky

The Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography Winner: Jules O’Loughlin Film: September

The Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music Winner: Amanda Brown Film: Son of a Lion

The Screen Australia IF Award for Best Script Winner: Michael Joy and John L Simpson Film: Men’s Group

The SBS IF Award for Best Documentary Winner: Director Cathy Henkel and producers Jeff Canin, Trish Lake and Cathy Henkel. Film: The Burning Season

The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film Winner: Director Erin White and Producer Zyra McAuliffe Film: fOUR

The Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation Winner: Co-directors and co-producers by Joshua Beahan and Ruwan de Silva Film: The Covenant of Mr Kasch

The IF Award for Best Short Documentary Winner: Director Matthew Pond and producer by Tina Lymberis Film: Undressing Vanessa

The 3 IF Award for Best Music Video Winner: Directors Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Groom and Andrew Yoole and producers Madeleine Milasas and Jodie Passmore Music Video: Just A Boy by Angus and Julia Stone

The Production Book IF Award for Best Production Design Winner: Laurie Faen Film: Unfinished Sky

The Zig Zag Lane IF Award for Best Sound Winner: Sam Petty, Rob MacKenzie, Peter Grace, Yulia Akerholt and Michael McMenomy Film: The Square

The Post Op Group IF Award for Independent Spirit Winner: Director Benjamin Gilmour and producer Carolyn Johnson Film: Son of a Lion

The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent Winner: Leon Ford

ZTudio What IF? Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay Winner: Kieran Darcy-Smith Film: Memorial Day

The V Australia IF Award for a Living Legend Recipient: Hugo Weaving

The Screen Australia IF Award for Box Office Achievement Recipient: The Black Balloon

The Inside Film Magazine Award for Festival of the Year Recipient: Flickerfest