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Kiwi winners at MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced the winners of its audience and short film awards, with two Kiwis among the winners.

Zoe McIntosh’s short The World in Your Window (pictured, top) took the mouthful that is the Cinema Nova and Melbourne International Film Festival Award for Best Fiction Short Film. The World in Your Window has played well on the international circuit, selected for Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs ShortFest and winning the Official Competition (International) at Tokyo’s Short Shorts Film Festival in June.

Jeffrey Walker’s Ali’s Wedding, produced by expat Helen Panckhurst, picked up The Age Critics Award for Best Australian feature at MIFF.

An award from The Age is ironaically appropriate for a film that’s been on its way as long as Ali’s Wedding has. This writer interviewed Matchbox Pictures’ Panckhurst and Tony Ayres back in Hong Kong in early 2012 when they were pitching the film at project market HAF.

Already a winner from the at last year’s Australian Writers Guild bash and the recent Sydney Film Festival, where it took the audience award, Ali’s Wedding releases in Australia next week.



The Melbourne International Film Festival closed on 20 August and is currently presenting encore screenings.