Now the counting is over, the Melbourne International Film Festival is settling down for a nice cup of tea, content in the knowledge it presented 524 sessions showing 372 films from 69 countries. But only 20 get named in the Audience Awards line-ups – top tens for narrative and doco features.
Tom Moore’s Oscar-nominated animation Song of the Sea topped the narrative list, while Olivia Peniston-Bird’s Melbourne-made Graceful Girls scored the most love from the doco line-up.
Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa, produced by Bridget Ikin, placed #5 on the doco-appreciation list. Coincidentally, the film was yesterday announced as one of the Sydney Film Festival travelling titles heading (very slowly) to NZ early next year.
At #7 on Melbourne’s list was Chris Pryor’s NZIFF Autumn Events-premiered The Ground We Won, which is just reaching the end of its theatrical run here.
The Melbourne International Film Festival closed 16 August. The MIFF Audience Award top tens are:
1. Song of the Sea
2. Holding the Man
3. In the Crosswind
5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
6. A Perfect Day
10. Tehran Taxi
1. Graceful Girls
2. The Look of Silence
3. Putuparri and the Rainmakers
6. My Love, Don’t Cross that River
7. The Ground we Won
8. Racing Extinction
9. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
10. Toto and His Sisters