Two Australian interactive productions, one about Goa hippies, the other about Australian rural townsfolk have won awards at the SXSW Interactive Awards.
Goa Hippy Tribe, a social media documentary produced for SBS won in the film and television category. The production, about a hippy reunion in Goa, India was produced by Freehand TV and directed by Darius Devas.
The second production was a multi-platform documentary called Big Stories, Small Towns by Martin Potter and Anna Grieves featuring stories by film-makers living in regional communities bringing locals’ stories to the screen. The production won in the community category.
Mike Cowap, investment manager of Screen Australia said: “SXSW is a top film and interactive event presenting fierce competition from around the world. In this context, such strong recognition for Australian digital projects is unprecedented and a huge triumph.
Other Australian finalists included Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know“, animated cartoon The Gradual Demise of Philipa Finch, for ABC, art installation Curious Creatures, SBS Online’s multicultural The Dragon Children, and The World’s Biggest Pac-Man in the amusement category.