The 59th Annual Melbourne International Film Festival awarded its prizes for short films on Aug. 1. Winners at Melbourne are eligible to submit their films for consideration at the Academy Awards.
The grand prize went to the Australian short "The Lost Thing," from first-time filmmaker and longtime illustrator and author Shaun Tan, director Andrew Ruhemann and producer Sophie Byrne. Swedish-made "Autumn Man" won the best fiction prize, while Matthew Bate's south Australian doc "The Mystery of Flying Kicks" won for best documentary short. Norwegian filmmaker Anita Killi's "Angry Man" won for best animated short, and Belgian director/producer Nicolas Provost's "Long Live the New Flesh" was named best experimental short film. Also winning prizes were Ashlee Page, for "The Kiss" (The Melbourne Airport Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker), and director Hannah Hilliard and producer Linda Micsko for "Franswa Sharl" (Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film). Winners received prizes ranging from AU$3,000-$7,000, and several received airfare to attend the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. [Micah Sachs]