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The Palace wins best Australian short film at Flickerfest

A film set during the 1974 Turkish innovation of Cyprus has  won Flickerfest’s Best Australian Short Film.

It marked a successful day for the film, which also won best screenplay for a short film, and best fiction short film at the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTAs) earlier in the day.

The Palace, written and directed by Anthony Maras and produced by Maras, Kate Croser, and Andros Achilleos won took out the local competition at the Festival, now in its 21 year.

In The Palace a Cypriot family takes refuge in an abandoned Ottoman era palace as the Turkish forces advance. A young Turkish conscript games face to face with the family and confronted with the brutality of war.

The film has previously won best short film at both the Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals and the audience award at Adelaide Film Festival.

The special Jury Award went to the film Julian, written, directed and produced by Matthew Moore.

Nash Edgerton won best direction for his film Bear, written by Edgerton and David Michod, it was produced by Lauren Edwards and John Polson. Bear will screen at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Best cinematography in a short film was awarded to Collision, cinematography by Sam King and Nick Matthews. The film was written by David Ngo and Nick Matthews and directed by Nick Matthews.

Best editing in an Australian short went to Peekaboo, edited by Katie Flaxman, written and directed by Damien Power and produced by Joe Weatherstone.

Cockatoo, written and directed by Matthew Jenkin was awarded by Australian screenplay.

Animated film Nullarbor won best achievement in sound. Earlier in the day, the film won best short animation at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

The most resourceful film, was awarded to The Law, written, directed and produced by Brendon McDonall.

Eli the Invincible, written and directed by Miranda Nation and produced by Dominic Allen won the SBS TV Award, selected to screen on the network.

In the International competition, the New Zealand film Ebony Society won best short film. Written and directed by Tammy Davis and produced by Ainsley Gardiner and Chelsea Winstanley, the category is Academy accredited.

So to is the Award for best animation, which went to US filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt and his film It’s Such a Beautiful Day.

Best use of digital technology in an international short film went to Las Palmas, written, directed and produced by Swedish Johannes Nyholm. Special Jury Prize went to Opastica, written, directed and produced by Canadian Eric Morin.

The Flickerfest award for best documentary went to Cutting Loose, written, directed and produced  by Adrian McDowall and Finlay Napier and produced by Paul Welsh. My Mallorca, written, directed and produced by Bernadette Knoller.

In the Greenflicks competition best environmental short went to The Death is in the field, written and directed by Patrick Chappatte with highly commended going to Common Ground directed/produced Hollie Fifer and It’s Okay to Call it Odd, written and directed by Anna-Sofia Nylund and produced by Stefan Gustafsson.

In the schools category of Flicker up, The Fences that divide Us was written, directed and produced by Cait Mahoney while while the highly commended high school production when to Tubby, written, directed and produced by Matthew Thorne.

The best upper high school production was awarded to writer/director Emily Christensen, also of Lithgow High School for film A Hollow Whimper.

The best primary school production went to Independence Day by the team at Gladesville Public School. Best primary school animation went to The Search for Thunderbolt’s Gold went to Kingstown Public School.

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