The Sydney Film Festival closed out last night with Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shandows, two nights after the title’s premiere in Auckland. Prior to the screening, the festival handed out its awards.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night took the festival’s headline gong, the Sydney Film Prize, form the competition line-up. The brothers weren’t present to collect the award, although as the prize is worth AU$60,000 it might have been worth the trip.
Two Days, One Night beat 11 other titles including Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner Black Coal, Thin Ice , Richard Linklater’s much-praised Boyhood and three Australian titles, among them David Michod’s Cannes-premiered The Rover.
The festival also announced the winners of a number of other prizes, including Eddy Bell’s winning the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director among the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films. The gong was for Grey Bull, which was shot by expat NZ cinematographer Callan Green – one of two shorts Green shot selected for the Dendy Awards.
The Closing Night Gala also featured a sold-out screening of New Zealand vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. Filmmakers and stars Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clements and Jonathan Brugh were in attendance.
The Sydney Film Prize
Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary
35 Letters, Janine Hosking
Special mention: Tender, Lynette Wallworth
The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Film
Dendy Live Action Short Award
I Want to Dance Better at Parties, Matthew Bate and Gideon Obarzanek
Yoram Gross Animation Award
Phantom Limb, Alex Grigg
Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director
Eddy Bell for Grey Bull
Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award
Welcome to Iron Knob, written and directed by Dave Wade
Special mention: Matt Durrant for Pocket Money