Balibo wins two BIFF awards
Balibo, a film about the murder of five Australian journalists in East Timor in 1975, has been awarded two of the five jury prizes at the 2009 Brisbane International Film Festival.
Robert Connolly's film took out both the Interfaith and Fipresci jury awards and closed the festival last night.
Balibo was to have been screened in a single cinema, but was shown in two due to public demand.
Director Connolly, actor and producer Anthony LaPaglia, actor Damon Gameau and Shooting Balibo author Tony Maniaty attended the red carpet screenings.
Three other BIFF jury awards were also announced, including two for films for young people screened at the festival.
It's Not Me, I Swear by Philippe Falardeau was singled out by the Junior Cine Sparks jury, while the Senior Cine Sparks jury named Ben X by Nic Balthazar as its award winner.
The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema jury named two titles for recognition - Agrarian Utopia by Uruphong Raksasad and About Elly by Asghar Farhadi.
Seersucker by Mairi Cameron was awarded the critics' choice in the Queensland Short Film Competition awards, while Behind Blue Eyes was named audience favourite.
Writer, director and producer Jackie McKimmie received the Kinetone Award for outstanding contribution to the Queensland film industry.