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DENDY SHORT FILMS AWARDS, 1998

Winners have been selected for this year’s Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, from a record number of 170 entries submitted. The films were judged by a separate panel for each category - Documentary, General, Fiction (under 15 minutes) and Fiction (over 15 minutes) - which selects three finalists in each. The all day screenings of the Dendy finalists (State Theatre, were from 9.30am - 5.30pm Friday 5 June), attracting around 1200 people and cost $15.

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY
Judges: Michael Cordell (Hilton Cordell Productions); Ian David (Writer); Robyn Ravlich (Executive Producer, The Listening Room, ABC Radio).

A BREATH WINNER
directed by Christopher Tuckfield.
Produced by Christopher Tuckfield and Colleen Clarke for Insomnia Productions. 16mm. 52mins.

Surviving the twentieth century - a stylized and visually arresting account of the lives of prominent Chinese-Australian artists Huang Miaozi and Yu Feng.

LITTLE BROTHER, LITTLE SISTER
directed by Belinda Mason.
Produced by Gaby Mason for Alfred Road Films. Video. 53mins.

An Australian family adopt two children from Ethiopia - the recently-orphaned brother and sister Eleni, aged five, and Sisay, aged seven. While in Ethiopia they meet the children's brother and sister and decide they have to do something to help.

MAO'S NEW SUIT
directed and produced by Sally Ingleton for Singing Nomads

Productions. 16mm. 51mins.
Mao's New Suit is the story of two dynamic young female fashion designers from Beijing, who are trying to make it in China's new market economy.

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
A DYING SHAME directed and produced by Paul Roy for Iguana Film Productions.

COMMENDED:
ALIEN BIG CATS
directed and produced by Christopher Gogos and Alkinos Tsilimidos for Paw Productions.

FICTION UNDER 15 MINS CATEGORY
Judges: Henry Dangar (Editor); Kay Pavlou (Writer/Director); Jane Scott (Producer).

BUM MAGNET
directed by Michelle Warner.
Produced by Michelle Warner and Cathy Fraser for Junowot Productions. 16mm. 10mins.

A comedy about waiting by the phone.

I WANT YOU
directed by Gregory Quail.
Produced by Gregory Quail for Pyro Productions. 16mm. 7mins.

A seven minute study of a young woman's obsession with a stranger.

TWO/OUT WINNER
directed by Kriv Stenders.
Produced by Catherine Kerr for Podd Film. 35mm. 14mins.

Jack and Tom are cell mates. Their fragile bond begins to unravel when Jack falls in love with a black plastic bag. Tom, unable to understand or accept Jack's dementia, is driven by fear and jealously to a brutal confrontation in which both men are finally forced to realise the true nature of their relationship.

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
FETCH
directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey.
Produced by Susan MacKinnon for Vivid Pictures and Pocket Pictures.

FICTION OVER 15 MINUTES CATEGORY
Judges: Shirley Barrett (Writer/Director); Richard Kuipers (Producer, The Movie Show, SBS Television); GeorgiaWallace-Crabbe (Director/Producer).

DENIAL WINNER REUBEN MAMOULIAN AWARD
directed by Phillip Crawford.
Produced by Ann Turner and Janis Les for The Victorian College of the Arts. 16mm. 18mins.

When you're fourteen and in trouble, confusion builds on confusion. Kane's secret has become too complicated, too painful, too dangerous, and he can't begin to stop denying.

GREAT FALLS
directed by Yves Stening.
Produced by Libby Porter for Australian Film, Television and Radio School. 35mm. 22mins.

"I thought to myself that my life had turnedŠit was something that happened to you - I knew that - and it happened to me in this way now" - from Great Falls written by Richard Ford.

MY BED YOUR BED WINNER
directed by Erica Glynn. Produced by Penny McDonald for Chili Films. 16mm. 17mins.

In an isolated desert community, a young man and a young woman are promised under the traditional laws of marriage. The time has come for them to move in together. Things don't turn out as smoothly as they might.

COMMENDED: THE BRIDGE
directed by Jo Kennedy.
Produced by the Victorian College of the Arts;

LOVE FROM GUY
directed by Sandra Lepore.
Produced by Carolyn Johnson for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

GENERAL CATEGORY
Judges: Sean O'Brien (Film and theatre director); Linda Wallace (Director, The Machine Hunger); David Watson (Project Co-ordinator, Cinematheque).

CAPILLARY ACTION
directed and produced by Paul Winkler. 16mm. 16mins.

The movement of water via capillary action. The phenomena of water flowing uphill made visible via photographic means. Fountains and trees are the main carrier of images - finally an ode to the translucency of water.

DON'T BLINK
directed by George Goularas.
Produced by Maria Simonetto for Mesmer Films. 16mm. 18mins.

An impressionistic and abstract tale about the experience of mental illness and isolation.

I, EUGENIA WINNER
directed by Gabrielle Finnane.
Produced by Bronwyn Coupe for Curious Media Pty Ltd. 16mm. 30mins.

I, Eugenia tells the strange tale of Eugenia Falleni, also known as Harry Crawford and Jean Ford; sailor, husband, convicted murderer, boarding house madam. Born in Italy, raised in New Zealand, Falleni came to Australia at the turn of the century. A droll concentrated film based on fact.

COMMENDED:
ON A FULL MOON
directed by Lee Whitmore
Produced by Mark Stiles and Lee Whitmore for Maracaibo Films Pty Ltd;
and
RELATIVE STRANGERS
produced and directed by Rosemary Hesp for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

THE 1998 YORAM GROSS ANIMATION AWARD
Judges: Virginia Hilyard (Screen and visual artist); Kathy Smith (Artist); Gary Warner (Creative Director, CDP Media).

FELINE WINNER
directed and produced by May Trubuhovich. 16mm. 7mins.

A woman explores the anxious landscape of sexuality and desire. With the help of her mischevious alter ego, she searches for the animal within. An animated tale of awakening.

ON A FULL MOON
directed by Lee Whitmore.
Produced by Mark Stiles and Lee Whitmore for Maracaibo Films Pty Ltd. 35mm. 17mins.

On a Full Moon is an autobiographical animated film that tells the story of one woman's emotional journey after the death of her mother and birth of her first child

VENGEANCE
directed by Wendy Chandler.
Produced by Judi McCrossin for Chandler McCrossin. 35mm. 11mins.

A media frenzy erupts when a goanna bites off more than it can chew.

THE ETHNIC AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF NSW AWARD

A BREATH WINNER
directed by Christopher Tuckfield.
Produced by Christopher Tuckfield and Colleen Clarke for Insomnia Productions.
16mm. 52mins.

Surviving the twentieth century - a stylized and visually arresting account of the lives of prominent Chinese-Australian artists Huang Miaozi and Yu Feng.

LITTLE BROTHER, LITTLE SISTER
directed by Belinda Mason.
Produced by Gaby Mason for Alfred Road Films. Video. 53mins.

An Australian family adopt two children from Ethiopia - the recently-orphaned brother and sister Eleni, aged five, and Sisay, aged seven. While in Ethiopia they meet the children's brother and sister and decide they have to do something to help.

REVISIONISM
directed by Rachel Landers.
Produced by Sally Regan, Liberty Productions. 35mm. 13 mins.

Set in the wheatbelt of New South Wales, during the 1930s Depression. The film relates a fragment of a migrant woman's life as she and her children search for sustenance.

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A total of $10,000 in cash prizes ($2,500 in each category) sponsored by Dendy Films, were presented to winners on the evening of the official Festival opening at the State Theatre. Yoram Gross Animation Studios and the Ethnic Affairs Commission of New South Wales also sponsored cash prizes for $2,500 each. All finalists' films qualified for the Rouben Mamoulian Award, a prize of $2,500 sponsored by the NSW Film & Television Office and selected by a panel of overseas delegates.

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