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					MEDIA RELEASE: BEST MIFF SHORTS AWARDS
**UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL FRIDAY AUGUST 7 2009 10.00pm**



       AUSTRALIAN SHORTS SCOOP UP FOUR PRIZES AT BEST MIFF SHORTS
            NEXT FLOOR WINS CITY OF MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX

MELBOURNE, Saturday 8 August, 2009 – Canadian film Next Floor directed by Denis Villeneuve won the City of
Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film at the best MIFF shorts Awards last night hosted by MIFF Executive
Director Richard Moore. Winning the $7,000 prize Next Floor exposes an absurd universe, with banquet guests
that will chill you right down to the bone. “A beautifully grotesque film that captivated the jury from its
breathtakingly bold opening shot”, said Jury member and filmmaker Jonathan auf der Heide.

Two Men director Dominic Allen was at the awards last night to accept the Melbourne Airport Emerging
Australian Filmmaker award– with an incredible prize of $5,000 and return flights to attend the Berlinale in 2010!

Director Michael Angus won the Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film, receiving $5,000
for his film Salt, the emotionally captivating video-diary of award winning photo-artist Murray Fredericks, set
against the breathtaking Lake Eyre. “Courageously shot piece of film making at its best for its daring and
difficult premises, contrasting with an incredible scenario full of discovery that brings to the screen a beautiful
landscaped piece of Australiana not always seen in this breathtaking immensity”, commented Jury member
Antonio Zeccola.

Scandinavia has once again proved to be a frontrunner of shorts with; Mathia Fjellström’s Instead of
Abracadabra winning the Cinema Nova Award for Best Fiction; and David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn
winning the RMIT University Best Documentary Short Film category.

The RMIT University Best Animation Short Film was awarded to The Cat Piano, the latest animation from the
award winning studios The Republic of Animation, narrated by Nick Cave about a city of singing cats directed
by Eddie White and Ari Gibson; and Sophie Hyde, Paul Zivkovich, Kat Worth and Tuula Roppola won for their
film Necessary Games.

This year 67 short films screened in competition at the Melbourne International Film Festival; the shorts jury was
this year made up Jonathan auf der Heide who won the Australian Emerging filmmaker award at MIFF08 and
whose film Van Diemen’s Land is a part of MIFF09; Associate Professor and director of the AFI research
Collection at RMIT University and Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Deb
Verhoeven; and Antonio Zeccola – Managing Director of Palace Cinemas and Palace Films.
City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film ($7000 - Academy Accredited Award)
Next Floor (CANADA) Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film ($5000)
Salt (QUEENSLAND) Directed by Michael Angus & Murray Fredericks

Melbourne Airport Emerging Australian Filmmaker ($5000 + airfare to attend Berlinale 2010)
Two Men (VICTORIA) Directed by Dominic Allen

Cinema Nova Award for Best Fiction Short Film ($3000)
Instead of Abracadabra (SWEDEN)Directed by Patrik Eklund

RMIT University Best Animation Short Film ($3000)
The Cat Piano (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) Directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson

RMIT University Best Documentary Short Film ($3000)
Slaves (SWEDEN) Directed by David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn

Melbourne International Film Festival for Experimental Short Film ($3000)
Necessary Games Directed by Sophie Hyde with Paul Zivkovich, Kat Worth, Tuula Roppola




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