Sydney’s newest film event, the Cockatoo Island Film Festival, today launched its inaugural feature film and documentary program and In Competition categories and announced of a Peter Weir masterclass.
The film festival’s awards categories will be Best Feature, Jury Prize for Artistic Vision, Best Documentary, Best Australian Short, Young Film-maker of the Year and the NSW Mining Young Indigenous Documentary Fellowship worth $20,000.
Allanah Zitserman, co-director of the Cockatoo Island event, said: “This has been in the planning stages for almost two years and we’re excited to announce such a diverse and high-quality list of feature films that will compete for the Best Feature Film Award.
“The films are from all corners of the globe including South America, Asia, Europe, the US, Britain, Russia, Scandinavia and from local directors and casts.”
Of the 15 feature films selected in the program, 12 will have their Australian premieres at the festival, however only on Australian film, Tony Krawitz’s Dead Europe has been selected in competition.
Nine of the 11 documentaries will also have Australian premieres, and My Brother, the Serial Killer, directed by Mike O’Neill and David Monaghan will have its World premiere.
Peter Weir, director of The Truman Show and The Way Back, will host a masterclass with composer Burkhard Dallwitz in addition to previously announced forums and conversations, as well as the In The Raw script reading program.
The festival will open with US film The Master, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.
The festival takes place from 24-28 October.