Press release from IF Awards

Celebrating its 11th year in 2009 and its return home to Sydney the Inside Film Awards celebrate and champion Australian film. As well as being the only Australian film awards voted for by the people, the IF Awards also celebrate creativity, tenacity and vision through the Independent Spirit IF Award and the Efilm IF Award for Rising Talent. Inside Film Awards this week announced their shortlist for these awards which will be narrowed down to three nominees in each category and finally to one winner by a panel of industry experts.

The emphasis of the Independent Spirit IF Award is on rewarding filmmakers with compelling projects often made in unconventional ways . Shortlisted are feature films My Tehran for Sale, Van Diemen’s land, Lake Mungo, documentaries Stolen, Ten Conditions of Love and Into the Shadows, All Media project

Scorched and Dance film Necessary Games.

The panel for Independent Spirit this year includes includes Producer of The Black Balloon and Strictly Ballroom Tristram Miall, Director of Caddie Donald Crombie, last year’s Independent Spirit winner Benjamin Gilmour and Senior Journalist for the Inside Film Magazine Adam Coleman.

The Efilm IF Award for Rising Talent is presented to an individual who exhibits incredible talent and potential – someone who has a bright future as a professional filmmaker. Shortlisted this year are  Dominic Allen, Chloe Cassidy, Bryn Chainey, Darren Dale, Tim Dean,  Rene Hernandez, Dustin Feneley, Gracie Otto, Hugh Sullivan, and Penny Smallacombe.

The panel for the Rising Talent Award includes My Brilliant Career Producer Margaret Fink; Little Fish Director Rowan Woods, EFilm Manager Anthos Simon, previous Rising Talent winner Leon Ford and IF Magazine editor Brendan Swift.

The three nominees for both the Independent Spirit and the EFilm Rising Talent will be announced at the 2009 IF Awards Media launch on 12th October 2009. Ratings for the people’s choice categories will be open until September 18th. Rate the Australian films you’ve seen at <> .

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