The Palace scoops the pool at the SA Screen Awards

23 April, 2012 by Staff Reporter

Filmmaker Anthony Maras' short The Palace has continued its winning streak, picking up six awards at the South Australian Screen Awards over the weekend.

The Cyprian-Australian co-production, which has garnered a number of awards including the AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film, won both Best Short Film and Best Drama as well as picking up awards for its screenplay, direction, editing and cinematography.


Film collective Closer Productions received two awards: short documentary Stunt Love won Best Sound Design while Sundance darling Shut Up Little Man won Best Feature Film. This is the second year in a row Closer Productions has won the feature film category. Last year's winner Life in Movement is currently in cinemas.

For a full list of recipients, see below:


Best Short Film: The Palace – Anthony Maras, Kate Croser & Andros Achilleos

Best Drama: The Palace – Anthony Maras, Kate Croser & Andros Achilleos

Best Documentary:  Ball of Light Sam Collins

Best Comedy: Steak Knife Chad Leader

Best Animation: Sometimes the Stars Luke Jurevicius

Best Non-Narrative Film:  A Dance in the Garden Reminds Me Gemma Soloman

Best Music Video: Cut You Out (Hawks of Alba) Matt Vesley

Innovation in Digital Media: Big Stories, Small Towns Nick Crowther

Best Feature Film: Shut Up Little Man Sophie Hyde & Matthew Bate


Best Direction: Anthony Maras (The Palace)

Best Cinematography: Nick Matthews (The Palace)

Best Composition: Michael Darren (Collision)

Best Screenplay: Anthony Maras (The Palace)

Best Sound Design: Pete Best & Scott Illingworth (Stunt Love)

Best Editing: Anthony Maras (The Palace)

Best Performance: Roy Phung (Suburban Samurai)

Best Production Design: Bowen Ellames (Beta)

MRC Emerging Producer: Kirsty Stark

Emerging Young Filmmaker: Sam King

People’s Choice Award: I Am Orpheus (Adam Carter)