IF AWARDS 2008 - NOMINATIONS
BLACK BALLOON RISING
The Black Balloon, with the biggest total of 10 nominations, Men’s Group and Son
of a Lion are the three nominees for Best Feature in this year’s IF Awards,
which will be presented on Thursday, November 13 at a ceremony on the Gold Coast
and broadcast live on SBS TV and replayed on SHOWTIME on Tuesday November 18 and
Wednesday, November 19.
The Black Balloon also received a nomination in the IF Award for Best Director
category for Elissa Down; the IF Award for Best Actress, for Gemma Ward’s
performance; the Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor, for Rhys
Wakefield’s performance; the Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography, for Denson
Baker ACS; the IF Award for Best Script by Jimmy The Exploder and Elissa Down;
the film was also nominated for Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound
and Best Music.
Men’s Group picked up a total of four nominations, including for the Queensland
Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor, for Grant Dodwell, the Dinosaur
Designs IF Award for Best Music, for Haydn Walker, and the IF Award for Best
Script, for director Michael Joy and John L Simpson. Men’s Group is currently
undergoing a staggered release around the country, having already won last
year’s SPAARTAN Award and played strongly at the major film festivals.
In addition to its nomination for the SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film,
Son of a Lion earned a nomination for Best Music for Amanda Brown. The maverick
production has also picked up a nomination in the Post Op Group Independent
Spirit IF Award for director Benjamin Gilmour and producer Carolyn Johnson.
Unfinished Sky nabbed eight nods in the nominations, including the IF Award for
Best Actress for Dutch leading lady Monic Hendrickx, reprising her award winning
performance from the original film on which Unfinished Sky is based, De Poolse
Bruid. Other nominations include the Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for
Best Actor, for William McInnes; the IF Award for Best Director and the IF Award
for Best Script for Peter Duncan; the Production Book IF Award for Best
Production Design; the Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing; he Zig Zag Lane
IF Award for Best Sound; and the Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography for
Robert Humphreys ACS, a previous IF Award winner for his work on Somersault in
The SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film
The Black Balloon – directed by Elissa Down and produced by Tristram Miall
Men’s Group – directed by Michael Joy and produced by Michael Joy and John L
Son of a Lion – directed by Benjamin Gilmour and produced by Carolyn Johnson
The IF Award for Best Director
David Nerlich and Andrew Travcki – Black Water
Elissa Down – The Black Balloon
Peter Duncan – Unfinished Sky
The Queensland Events Corporation IF Award for Best Actor
Rhys Wakefield – The Black Balloon
Grant Dodwell – Men’s Group
William McInnes – Unfinished Sky
The IF Award for Best Actress
Gemma Ward – The Black Balloon
Maeve Dermody – Black Water
Monic Hendrickx – Unfinished Sky
The Sony IF Award for Best Cinematography
Denson Baker ACS – The Black Balloon
Jules O’Loughlin – September
Robert Humphreys ACS – Unfinished Sky
The Dinosaur Designs IF Award for Best Music
Michael Yezerski – The Black Balloon
Haydn Walker – Men’s Group
Amanda Brown – Son of a Lion
The IF Award for Best Script
Elissa Down and Jimmy The Exploder – The Black Balloon
Michael Joy and John L Simpson – Men’s Group
Peter Duncan – Unfinished Sky
The SBS IF Award for Best Documentary
The Burning Season – Directed by Cathy Henkel and produced by Jeff Canin, Trish
Lake and Cathy Henkel.
The Oasis – Co-directed by Ian Darling and Sascha Ettinger Epstein and produced
by Ian Darling.
Playing In The Shadows – Co-directed and co-produced by Sascha Ettinger Epstein
and Marco Ianiello
The Holding Redlich IF Award for Best Short Film
fOUR – Directed by Erin White and produced by Zyra McAuliffe
Spider – Directed by Nash Edgerton and produced by Nicole O’Donohue.
You Better Watch Out – Directed by Steve Callen and produced by Jules Callen.
The Autodesk IF Award for Best Animation
The Covenant of Mr Kasch – Co-directed and co-produced by Joshua Beahan and
Ruwan de Silva
Dog With Electric Collar – Directed by Steve Baker and produced by Damon Escott.
Mutt – Directed by Glen Hunwick and produced by Beth Frey.
The IF Award for Best Short Documentary
Mad Morro – Directed by Kelrick Martin and produced by Tom Zubrycki.
Rare Chicken Rescue – Directed by Randall Wood and produced by Vickie Gest.
Undressing Vanessa – Directed by Matthew Pond and produced by Tina Lymberis.
The 3 IF Award for Best Music Video
Director Luke Eve and producer Simon Ritch – Emergency! Emergency! by The Hot
Directors Damon Escott and Stephen Lance and producer Leanne Tonkes – If You
Keep Losing Sleep by Silverchair .
Directors Angus and Julia Stone, Josh Groom and Andrew Yoole and producers
Madeleine Milasas and Jodie Passmore – Just A Boy by Angus and Julia Stone
The Production Book IF Award for Best Production Design
Nicholas McCallum – The Black Balloon
Sam Hobbs – September
Laurie Faen – Unfinished Sky
The Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing
Veronica Jenet ASE – The Black Balloon
Rodrigo Balart – Black Water
Suresh Ayyar – Unfinished Sky
The Zig Zag Lane IF Award for Best Sound
Paul Pirola – The Black Balloon
Sam Petty – The Square
Andrew Plain, Annie Breslin, Will Ward – Unfinished Sky
The Post Op Group Independent Spirit IF Award
Christopher Weekes, writer/director and lead actor – Bitter & Twisted
Jason Byrne, producer – Rats & Cats
Benjamin Gilmour (director) and Carolyn Johnson (producer) – Son of a Lion
The EFilm IF Award for Rising Talent
Amy Gebhardt (Director of Heart, Look Sharp)
Cris Jones (Director of The Funk)
Leon Ford (Director of Katoomba, Actor The Last Chip)
ZTudio What IF? Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay
Sam Voutas – Red Light Revolution
Kieran Darcy-Smith – Memorial Day
Matthew C Vaughan – Get Black
Published October 2, 2008
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