Sydney Film Festival Award Winners Announced At Closing Night Gala

The 62nd Sydney Film Festival tonight awarded Arabian Nights, directed by Miguel Gomes, the prestigious Sydney Film Prize, out of a selection of 12 Official Competition films.

The $62,000 cash prize was awarded at the Festival’s Closing Night Gala awards ceremony and event: the world premiere screening of Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man, held at the State Theatre.

Journalist Michael Ware and two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag were awarded the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary, a $10,000 cash prize, for Only the Dead; with a special mention going to The Lost Aviator directed by Andrew Lancaster.

The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films were announced; awarding A Single Body directed and written by Sotiris Dounoukos the Dendy Live Action Short Award; Grace Under Water directed and produced by Anthony Lawrence the Yoram Gross Animation Award; and Brooke Goldfinch for Red Rover the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director, with a special mention to Ryan Griffen for You Turn.

The Event Cinema Australian Short Screenplay Award was awarded to Bluey, written and directed by Darlene Johnson, who received a $5,000 cash prize.