Song of the Sea shades Holding the Man in MIFF People’s Choice Award

21 August, 2015 by IF

Family animation Song of the Sea has edged out Neil Armfield's Holding the Man to take out the Melbourne International Film Festival People's Choice Award.

The Tomm Moore directed animation has won the Best Feature Film Award beating out rivals Holding the Man and In the Crosswind.


Song of the Sea is about a young Irish boy, Ben, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal.

The animation follows them on their adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world. 

An, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, A Pefect Day, Mustang, Victoria, Pawno and Tehran taxi rounded out the top ten.

Graceful Girls, directed by Olivia Peniston-Bird won the Best Documentary Award, while The Look of Silence was runner-up.

Graceful girls follows school teacher Brianna Lee as she attmepts to fulfill her lifelong dream of winning Calisthenics' most prestigious title 'The Most Graceful Girl'.

Putuparri and the Rainmakers, Palio, Sherpa, My Love, Don't Cross that River, The Ground We Won, Racing Extinction, She's Beautfiul When She's Angry and tot and his Sisters filled out the top ten.

The 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) ended on 16 August after 17 days screening 372 films over 524 sessions from 69 countries, including 28 world premieres and 165 Australian premieres.

Artistic director, Michelle Carey said MIFF 2015 was nothing short of remarkable.

"With enthusiastically received retrospectives on David Gulpilil, Sebastián Silva and the Safdie brothers, an abundance of sold-out screenings including Centrepiece Gala and Closing Night, and the Australian premiere of Vertical Cinema, MIFF 2015 was wholeheartedly embraced by Melbourne audiences,” she said.

Highlights of MIFF 2015 included three gala screenings featuring Australian premieres of Force of Destiny (Opening Night) and Mistress America (Closing Night), and the Victorian premiere of Holding the Man (Centrepiece Gala).

There were also surprise screenings and Australian premieres of Joel Edgerton’s The Gift and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth.