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2008 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

The epic and brutiful 9th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival has just come to a close and we have the list of award winners below. None of my Avant MUFF picks won, but I don’t know if they were even in competition and, really, only one of them, Joshua von Brown‘s Altamont Now, was a new film.

But congrats to all those who did win! Special congrats to No Through Road, which won Runner Up Best Australian Film and especially to star Megan Palinkas who won Best Supporting Female Actor for that film. She really is great in that fantastic thriller. Also, Ivan Kavanagh‘s Tin Can Man, which I haven’t seen, won Best Foreign Film and Best Foreign Director after winning at last year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival.

Sounds like it was great festival this year and here’s the full list of winners:

OZ:
BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM
Acolytes, dir. Jon Hewitt
The Horseman, dir. Steven Kastrissios
RUNNER UP BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM
No Through Road, dir. Sam Barret (Read the review)
BEST AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR
Steven Kastrissios – The Horseman
BEST AUSTRALIAN MALE ACTOR
Joel Edgerton – Acolytes
BEST AUSTRALIAN FEMALE ACTOR
Alexandra Weaver – The Run
BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR
Michael Piccirilli – Devil’s Gateway
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR
Megan Palinkas – No Through Road

MIXED:
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Gates Of Hell, dir. Kel Dolen
BEST GUERRILLA FILM
Cannibal Suburbia, dir. Jean Luc Synikas and D.A Jackson
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Xaviera Hollander – Producer John Patti
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Mark Pugh – Acolytes
BEST SCREENPLAY
Dead Girl – Trent Haaga

SHORTS from OZ and OS:

BEST SHORT
Sin Shoes, dir. Raul Palomar
Garden of Earthly Delights, dir. Stuart Simpson
RUNNER-UP BEST SHORT
Jumping Jack, dir. Julian Costanzo

FOREIGN FEATURE:

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Tin Can Man
BEST FOREIGN DIRECTOR
Ivan Kavanagh (Tin Can Man) and Thomas Clay (Soi Cowboy)
BEST FOREIGN MALE ACTOR
Michael Parle – Tin Can Man
BEST FOREIGN FEMALE ACTOR
Pimwalee Thampanyasan – Soi Cowboy


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  • Colin Lockley says:

    FINALLY – “Perth Girl Kicks Ass!” NO THROUGH ROAD.
    An exciting and intriguingly realistic story line.
    It not only could happen – it does!
    Well done Megan Palinkas – Hard work, dedication and talent finally fruit for you !

    Keep them comin !!