2017 Winners

Best Animation

1. iRony WA
A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.This hand drawn animated film is based on the poem ‘Seven Billion’ written by the film director that won 2 National poetry awards: The Young Australian Writer’s National Award for Poetry, selected out of a field of 30,000 and the Karen W Treanor Poetry Award (Youth).

2. Stockholm NSW
Two men share coffee in a hotel room, each trying to ignore the disturbing truth behind their meeting.

3. Animus GOLD COAST
After a horrific car accident claims the life of his soulmate, a young scientist struggles to let her go.

4. Gone NSW
A young girl comes home after a big night out to find Pop waiting. Thinking she’s in trouble, she discovers a problem much bigger than herself.

5. The Telegram Man  GOLD COAST
A BAFTA Los Angeles® winner and Australian Academy Awards® nominee, THE TELEGRAM MAN explores the impact of World War II on a close-knit Australian farming community. The film was selected, out of more than 15,000 entries submitted from around the world, as one of the 50 semi-finalists for Your Film Festival, a global film competition conducted by Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Google, Emirates and the Venice Film Festival.

6. Wild VIC
Nothing’s going to stand in the way of what Abby wants; not school, not her mum, and definitely not her best friends: Nina and Amiel. They’re skipping last period to get Abby ready, before her boyfriend arrives. But has Abby got everything she needs to be safe? Wild is about how we negotiate our urge to rebel and our instinct to survive.

Best Actress

7. Pride – Candice Hill QLD
A renowned photographer returns home to seek closure with her estranged father who has been digonsed with Alzheimer’s.

8. Nathan Loves Ricky Martin VIC
Pauline, a full time carer for her disabled son Nathan, orchestrates a ruse to form a meaningful connection with the man next door.

After a couple make a quick stop out in the middle of knowhere, they cross paths with a group of criminals on their way out of town after a robbery gone wrong.

Best Director

10. Dreamweaver  Myles Conti NSW
A young boy moves to a new neighbourhood and discovers his passion for go-karting.

11. Liz Drives VIC
For estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy – but there are some horrors you create yourself.

Best Stunt Coordinated Action

12. Destiny NSW
Judd Wild Stunt Coordinator | Action Designer WILD STUNTS

Best Actor

13. Creeper  Harry Piaggio QLD
After a night out, a young woman is unknowingly followed into her home by her “ride-share” Driver – resulting in a dangerous game of cat and mouse that explores the lengths people will go to connect in the modern world.

Best Short Film

14. Sengatan Paul Henri & Frank Magree VIC
Based on true events. An Australian traveller finds himself caught up in the darker corners of Indonesia.

Animation Short List

One Small Step FROM BRIS
One of humankind’s greatest achievements has been to walk on the moon. It was marked in history as a phenomenal success. What if that first step had turned out a little differently? As Neil Armstrong is about to take his first step on the moon, something catches his eye in the distance. Naturally curious, he leaps out into the unknown territory to investigate. What he finds will forever change the course of human history.

The Flower
Chelsea Thomas

The Servant IRAN
A bug became servant, servant became master

Drone Short List

South Coast WA
A short aerial film documenting the natural beauty of Western Australia’s South Coast.

Best Drone Short

Mixed Motion Project
A bird eye perspective on movement and motion.


The Dog Meat Professional AUS
This is the most in-depth and balanced investigative documentary into the dog meat trade in South Korea to date. We expose the current conditions in dog farms across the country, speak to a parliamentary researcher employed by the government who says the Korean government is inactive on this issue and is not willing to legalise or ban the dog meat trade, vets, farm inspectors, dog merchants, dog meat restaurant owners, dog farmers, and activists. Consequently, we’ve documented the battle between animal activists and the dog meat association members, which culminates in aggressive and sometimes violent exchanges. For activists, this journey is about saving the dogs. For dog farmers and merchants, this journey is about maintaining their livelihood. Both parties believe mistruths about the dog meat industry which are perpetuated by international animal activists. In the meantime, dogs continue to get raised, killed, and overtly eaten daily in the thousands of dog meat restaurants across the country. Come on a journey into the worlds of The Dog Meat Professionals. [By: James Hyams and Taehoon Lee].

Feature Film


A young couple in tropical Australia is trapped in their beach house by three armed fugitives carrying a mysterious box containing unknown contents, and they must rely on their wits and cunning to survive as a severe cyclone looms.

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