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ANNUAL WINNERS -2022/2023
The Last Witness
Directed By Piotr Szkopiak
BEST FILM (Over 40Min)
THE LAST WITNESS is a political thriller based on the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940. In post-WW2 England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his first port of call is Colonel Janusz Pietrowski, a Liaison Officer for the re- settlement of Polish troops under British command, but the meeting with Pietrowski leaves Stephen unsettled, and from here his investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin's secret police.
Black Cockatoo Crisis
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Over 40Min)
Directed By Jane Hammond
Western Australia's iconic black cockatoos are in crisis. Their numbers have fallen dramatically over the past few decades and all three species in the south-west of WA could become extinct in just 20 years unless something is done to protect their habitats. With the loss of the banksia woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain to housing, Carnaby's Black Cockatoos have come to depend on the once vast exotic pine plantations on Perth's northern fringe.
These pine plantations supply up to half of all the food needed to keep the population of Carnaby's alive but these too are disappearing. Within the next two years the remaining 4000ha of pines are slated for clearing leaving the cockatoos facing possible starvation.
Hope For Christmas
BEST FILM (Under 40Min)
Directed By Alexandre Bernard Belke
a small town's psychologist being brought out of retirement on Christmas Eve, to analyze a new visitor to town, who is accused of killing Santa Claus.
The story is set in the 1930s after a stranger causes turmoil to the mundane lives of the townspeople. In their paranoia they tie him up and accuse him of murder, then call in the retired local psychologist to analyze what to do.
Once his patients, these townspeople hover over the discussion between the Dr and the Stranger, until the end. The tables are turned and we learn it's the Dr, who is guilty for causing all this darkness, to the townspeople.
The Birds Have Left Beirut
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Under 40Min)
Directed By Khalil Dreyfus Zaarour
"Birds Have Left Beirut" is a poignant documentary that intimately explores the catastrophic events of that fateful day when the world's third-largest non-nuclear explosion shattered the heart of Beirut, Lebanon, and left indelible scars on its people.
Through a deeply personal lens, the film introduces viewers to the lives of ordinary individuals who were forever changed by the devastating blast. It tells their stories, capturing the raw emotions and resilience that emerged from the chaos and destruction.
This documentary goes beyond the headlines to uncover the profound impact on the community, the city, and the nation at large.