DAF Award at Sydney Film Festival
Documentary Australia Foundation supports
the Festival's Australian documentary award. Up to 10 films are selected for
the competition, which acknowledges excellence in documentary production and is
open to films of any length. The jury awards a cash prize of $10,000, presented
at SFF's Closing Night ceremony.
The 2015 Documentary Australia Foundation Award for
Australian Documentary was awarded to Only
the Dead, directed by Journalist Michael Ware and
two-time Oscar winner Bill Guttentag; with a special mention going to The Lost Aviator directed by
The list of films below were considered. From Bolivia to Cambodia, refugee stories to the lives of children with gay parents, conflict in Iraq to murder in Miami, and our country’s ancient songlines, Sydney Film Festival 2015 brought the best of Australian docs on the big screen.
The Bolivian Case
The latest film from director Violetta Ayala and producer Dan Fallshaw is a vibrant investigation of modern truth and justice, based around the case of three Norwegian teens caught smuggling cocaine in Bolivia.
The Cambodian Space Project – Not Easy Rock’n’roll
Filmed over five years, the story of a tempestuous cross-cultural romance that gave birth to The Cambodian Space Project: filled with sounds from the 1960s and 70s golden age of Cambodian rock.
Filmmaker Steve Thomas explores the achievements and struggles of a number of former ‘boat people’, now Australian citizens, who arrived in 2001: the year of the Tampa and the infamous “we will decide” speech.
Go to Freedom Stories
The lives of four kids, Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham, whose parents all happen to be gay. An intimate and often humorous film, that offers a refreshingly frank picture of same-sex families.
Go to Gayby Baby
The Lost Aviator
Against his family’s wishes, Australian filmmaker Andrew Lancaster opened up a cold case from 1932 where his uncle, Bill Lancaster, a pioneering aviator was on trial for murder in Miami: a twisted tale of adventure, romance and scandal.
Only the Dead (WINNER of the DAF Award for Australian Documentary)
What happens when one of the most feared, most hated terrorists on the planet chooses you – personally – to reveal his arrival on the global stage? All in the midst of the American war in Iraq?
Screen: Black - Songlines on Screen
This special Screen Australia initiative in conjunction with NITV aims to give place to some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander songlines that are integral to the makeup of Indigenous Australia.
Tyke Elephant Outlaw
A circus elephant went on a rampage in Honolulu in 1994, killed her trainer, and died in a hail of gunfire. Filmmakers Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore investigate what led to this tragic incident.
Go to Tyke Elephant Outlaw
Wide Open Sky (Winner of the FOXTEL Movies Audience Award)
Lisa Nicol’s debut feature-length documentary follows the heart-warming story of an outback Australian children’s choir, chronicling their journey from auditions to end-of-year concert.
Go To Wide Open Sky
Women He's Undressed
Gillian Armstrong’s stylish doco about an unsung Australian cinema hero, the three-time Oscar winning costume designer Orry-Kelly. During Hollywood’s golden age he worked with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis.