Australian film Look BothWays, US coming-of-age tale Mysterious Skin, and South Koreanpicture Spying Cam (Frakchi) have each won major awards at the BrisbaneInternational Film Festival.
Writer/director Sarah Watt'sdebut Look Both Ways won the FIPRESCI (Federation Internationale de laPresse Cinematographique) award for best Asia Pacific film. Watt was previouslybest known for her animation and has included animated sequences in the film,which Dendy launches nationally on August 18.
The jurors were FIPRESCIgeneral secretary Klaus Eder, head of screen studies at Flinders UniversityMike Walsh, and program director of the Karlovy Vary International FilmFestival Julietta Zacharová.
The host of Saturday's awardpresentation, BIFF artistic director Anne Demy-Geroe, said she was particularlydelighted that Mysterious Skin was the jury's choice for the 2005INTERFAITH Award for a film promoting humanitarian values.
"There were fears that GreggAraki's film would have its final Australian screening at BIFF, following thereview of its classification by the Office of Film and LiteratureClassification," she said. "We are thrilled the R18+ rating has now beenupheld, and the film can now be commercially released in Australia."
The INTERFAITH jurors -academic Mark Byrne, film critic and journalist Jan Epstein and award winningIranian director Alireza Ghanie - chose director Sally Potter's Yes asthe runner up.
The NETPAC award for thepromotion of Asian cinema went to South Korean director Whang Cheol-Mean's partmystery thriller, part psychological drama.
Turkish feature Boats OutOf Watermelon Rinds received a special mention from the NETPAC jurors JulieRigg, an ABC Radio critic, and Asian film industry figures Scott Rosenberg andIndu Shrikent.