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:: Spotlight :: Sony Tropfest winner announced

By: Carmine Pascuzzi / photos by Antonio

Luke Eve (NSW) was awarded first prize at Sony Tropfest 2005 by a panel of celebrity judges for his comedy/drama Australian Summer. Luke said of his triumph, “ As a filmmaker, there's no other forum like Sony Tropfest. All you want to do is get your film seen by the biggest audience and it's here, at the largest short film festival in the world. Winning this festival opens doors, it's a dream!”

Audiences of over 130,000 were transfixed as the 16 finalist films were beamed live via satellite to venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hobart and Brisbane.

The panel of six celebrity judges comprised Geoffrey Rush, Magda Szubanski, Bryan Singer, Abbie Cornish, Jackie O'Sullivan and Sony Tropfest 2004 winner Gary Eck. They presented awards as well as Australian identities such as Heath Ledger, Daniel MacPherson, Zoe Carides and Yahoo Serious.

The awards were presented as follows:

FIRST PRIZE
Film: Australian Summer
Director: Luke Eve
State: NSW
Presented by: Geoffrey Rush
Prize: QANTAS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
1st Prize Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

Qantas Scholarship Program: Trip for 2 to LA, 6 nights accommodation, and a tailored program of meetings with agents, executives and industry (valued at $10,000)
Presented by QANTAS AIRWAYS

Opportunity to pitch on a music video for one of Sony BMG's leading artists. The winning director will be invited to submit a competitive treatment to work with one of Australia's leading recording artists.
Presented by SONY BMG
Professional 1080i HDV camcorder (HVR-Z1P) (valued $9,350)
Presented by SONY Australia
Germany's new Ford Fiesta for a year*
Presented by FORD FIESTA

$5,000 Cash
Presented by KENNEDY MILLER

$7,000 Credit for Sound Edit & Mix
Presented by SONG ZU

Kine transfer of winning film (valued at $5,000)
Presented by ATLAB

Free Registration for the Producer to SPAA Fringe 2005
Presented by SPAA


SECOND PRIZE
Film: Lucky
Director: Nash Edgerton
State: NSW
Presented by: Geoffrey Rush
Prize:
2nd Prize Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$2,500 Cash
Presented by NETWORK TEN

The 2005 Production Book
Presented by THE PRODUCTION BOOK


BEST MALE ACTOR (shared prize)
Actor: Arky Michael / Bruce Spence
Film: Australian Summer
State: NSW
Presented by: Bryan Singer
Prize:
Best Male Actor Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$3,000 Cash (shared)
Donated by NICOLE KIDMAN


BEST FEMALE ACTOR
Actor: Natalie Carr
Film: In Your Dreams
State: VIC
Presented by: Bryan Singer
Prize:
Best Female Actor Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$3,000 Cash
Donated by NICOLE KIDMAN


BEST COMEDY
Film: Bomb
Director: Alister Grierson
State: NSW
Presented by: Magda Szubanski
Prize:
Best Comedy Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$1,500 Cash
Presented by PRIMUS TELECOM

12 month Frustration Free iPrimus Broadband access
Presented by PRIMUS TELECOM


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cinematographer: Marc Windon
Film: The Razor's Edge
State: NSW
Presented by: Zoe Carides
Prize:
Best Cinematography Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$1,500 Cash
Presented by KODAK


BEST SCREENPLAY (shared prize)
Writer: Greg Williams / Justine Gallacher & Alister Grierson
Film: In Your Dreams & Bomb
State: VIC & NSW
Presented by: Jackie O'Sullivan
Prize:
Best Screenplay Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$1,500 Cash
A special autographed shooting script of THE PROPOSITION written by Aussie icon Nick Cave
Presented by Sony Pictures Releasing


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Composer: Elliot Wheeler
Film: Garbage Man
State: NSW
Presented by: Yahoo Serious
Prize:
Best Original Score Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$1,000 Cash
Presented by SONG ZU


THE TROPICANA AWARD
Film: This Film Is Yet To Be Classified
Director: Jayce White
State: NSW
Presented by: Gary Eck
Prize:
Tropicana Award Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

$1,500 Cash & Coffee for a year
Presented by TROPICANA CAFFE

Coffee Machine & Beans
Presented by LA CASA DEL CAFÉ

Subscription to Sydney Morning Herald OR The Age for 1 year (valued at $350)
Presented by SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / THE AGE

Dendy Cinemas Gold Pass (valued at $1,500)
Presented by DENDY CINEMAS


SONY FOUNDATION YOUNG TALENT AWARD
Film: The Razor's Edge
Director: Gabriel Dowrick
State: NSW
Presented by: Abbie Cornish
Prize:
Sony Foundation Young Talent Award Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

DVD Handycam (DCRDVD201) (valued at $1749)
Presented by SONY Australia

VAIO Notebook (VGNS28GP) (valued at $3999)
Presented by SONY Australia

20 GB Hard Drive Disc Walkman (NWHD1) (valued at $599)
Presented by SONY Australia

Ultra Slim 5.0MP Cybershot Camera - Silver (DSCT3S) (valued at $999)
Presented by SONY Australia

Accessory Kit for DSCT3 (valued at $149)
Presented by SONY Australia

DVD Micro HiFi System (CMTHPX11D) (valued at $599)
Presented by SONY Australia


SONY ERICSSON PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Film: Bomb
Director: Alister Grierson
State: NSW
Presented by: Heath Ledger
Prize:
Sony Ericsson People's Choice Award Trophy
Presented by DINOSAUR DESIGNS

20GB HARD DISK DRIVE WALKMAN (values at $599)
Presented by SONY Australia

New Look PlayStation 2 console with new release game (valued at $349)
Presented by SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT

Sony Ericsson K700i (valued at $755)
SONY ERICSSON

20 latest release Sony Music CDs or DVDs
SONY BMG Music

Hitch in-season passes
Columbia Tri Star Films

Hellboy Gift Pack (DVD, cap, keyring, backpack) (valued at $135)
Columbia Tri Star Home Entertainment


Network Ten ‘inTENship’ Award
Film: In Your Dreams
Producer: Bridget Lloyd Jones
State: VIC
Presented by: Daniel MacPherson
Prize:
One lucky Sony Tropfest entrant will be given a unique opportunity to work on some of Australia's most watched television shows, including Big Brother, Australian Idol and Neighbours. The Network Ten inTENship comprises up to eight weeks work and is valued at $10,000.

To download an interview with the winner of Sony Tropfest 2005, visit here

For updates on the winners check out the official website

**click here for photos by leading Sydney photographer Antonio**