October 25, 2015

Antenna Documentary Film Festival – Winners 2015

We present the winners of the 5th Antenna Documentary Film Festival.

The fifth edition of the Antenna Documentary Film Festival took place in Sydney, Australia. During these 7 days audience were able to see the very best documentaries from across the globe. The festival also organizes a series of DocTalk with different personalities from the industry, this year there were talks with Leah Giblin (from Cinereach), Alan Berliner (Documentary Filmmaker), Wieland Speck (Director of Panorama section at the Berlinale), and Maryanne Redpath (Head of the generation section at the Berlinale).

The festival open it program with “Finders Keepers” (US) directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel and ended with the screen of “On the Bride’s Side” (Italy, Palestine) directed by Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry and Gabriele Del Grande.

Best International Feature Documentary
Spartacus & Cassandra by Ioanis Nuguet – France | 2014 – 81 minutes
The jury said: “Spartacus and Cassandra is a work defined by its carefully depicted interplay between artistry and experience. The film embraces dilemma without compromising on its sense of poetry.”

Best Australian Feature Documentary
Shock Room by Kathryn Millard – Australia | 2015 – 70 minutes
The jury said: “In terms of being a riveting seventy minutes that explores the dark side of human nature…Kathryn Millard’s excellent direction of dramatic re-enactments drew us into the many uncomfortable scenes that put us in the position to ponder – when would we stand up and just say NO!”
Special Mention
Another Country by Molly Reynolds – Australia | 2015 – 75 minutes
The jury said: “We appreciated the unique storytelling approach in exploring the community of Ramingining.”
Best Australian Short Documentary
Maratus by Simon Cunich – Australia | 2015 – 30 minutes
The jury said: “Maratus is a very accomplished piece of filmmaking and storytelling. On one level it first appeared a simple but fascinating story about the discovery of a remarkable new spider, but it developed into a much more profound story of a troubled man who also discovers meaning in his life. The film was microscopic in its subject but universal in its themes”

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