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URBAN CINEFILE AUDIENCE AWARDS TO LIFT PROFILE OF SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

The Urban Cinefile Audience Awards will be launched at the 2005 Sydney Film Festival - a new awards program that will further enhance the profile of the festival on the international stage. The Urban Cinefile Audience Awards comprise six categories across the two main Festival streams – World Cinema and the Sidebar Programs and the specially designed perspex trophies will be presented to winners or their representatives in a ceremony on the last night of the Festival (June 25, 2005).

The new awards were announced today (April 27, 2005) at a function held in the Orbit bar of the Summit restaurant overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the 47th floor. The skylines of those two icons were the inspiration for the new Festival logo.

“The Urban Cinefile Audience Awards will formalise the voting process, rationalising the variances between venues and bring the Festival in line with an internationally recognised format that will give winning filmmakers added prestige,” said Festival President Cathy Robinson. “We are thrilled to have Australia’s award-winning online film magazine, Urban Cinefile, as our inaugural presenting partner for the revamped awards program.”

New Festival Director Lynden Barber made his first public appearance at the function to welcome the new awards.

Urban Cinefile Editors Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller said they are delighted to help make these new awards financially possible.

“We believe that lifting the profile of the audience awards at the SFF will create a strong focal point for audiences and of course the filmmakers. The Urban Cinefile Audience Awards will create a sense of occasion, adding kudos to the winning films and their makers and become an added attraction for them to consider the SFF as a platform for their films. And not least, it gives everyone involved a reason to celebrate excellence in filmmaking,” said Urban.

2005 Sydney Film Festival Urban Cinefile Audience Awards 
Films playing at the State Theatre:
Best Feature – World Cinema
Best Documentary – World Cinema
Best Short – World Cinema


Films playing at side bar venues:
Best Feature – Sidebar Program
Best Documentary – Sidebar Program
Best Short – Sidebar Program


The Urban Cinefile Audience Awards will now join the well established Dendy Awards for short films as the major award programs at the Sydney Film Festival. The Festival will continue to work with the international critics organisation, FIPRESCI, to enable a further award to be presented, based on a small jury of film critics from Australia and overseas. 

Published April 27, 2005

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