In its seventh year the antenna Documentary Film Festival is screening in Sydney at Palace Cinemas and the MCA between 10 and 15 October 2017.
With 35 feature docos from over 20 countries, the Festival is a celebration of non-fiction cinema and includes three competitions: Best International Documentary, Best Australian Documentary and Best Australian Shorts Competition.
There is also a day of industry talks and masterclasses that will take place at the MCA that includes a talk from the Director of Programming at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, Luke Moody, and a masterclass from Bastardy director Amiel Courtin-Wilson.
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The opening night film, Visages Villages (Faces Places), by veteran French filmmaker Agnès Varda, described as “… a funny and poignant elegy about the richness of life, art and friendship.” - antenna program.
Closing night film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami by Sophie Fiennes, fresh from its world première at the Toronto International Film Festival and described in the program as, “…an electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of the pop cultural icon.”
The Festival covers themes ranging from the arts through to the impact of war and terrorism, so there’s much to choose and something for every taste - check the website for details: antennafestival.org.
At the Closing Night Ceremony, Small Talk was awarded the Best International Documentary, directed by Hui-chen Huang. Kings of Baxter, directed by Jack Yabsley won Best Australian Feature and the Antenna Audience Award. Best Australian Short, presented by AFTRS, went to Wolfe by Claire Randall, with a Special Mention going to Marrimarrigun by Kimberly West.