Awards

Adelaide Film Festival is proud to recognise excellence in screen storytelling with a host of regarded awards.

Our two prestigious juried awards honour the best in show films each festival – boasting a combined prize pool of $30,000 cash – along with our audience awards, The Don Dunstan Award, the INSITE Award for screenwriting and more.


BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM AWARD

We’re proud to say ADL Film Fest was the first Australian film festival to create a juried prize for best feature film. Our all-star jury values idiosyncratic voices, bold storytelling, creative risk-taking and overall fabulous films, like previous winners:

  • Neon Bull, dir: Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, 2015)
  • Jîn, dir: Reha Erdem (Turkey, 2013)
  • Incendies, dir: Denis Villeneuve (Canada / France, 2009)
  • Treeless Mountain, dir: So-yong Kim (USA / South Korea, 2008)
  • Still Life, dir: Jia Zhangke (China, 2006)

In 2015, the International Feature Jury included Christian Jeune, Wayne Lewis, Maggie Lee, Tom Hajdu and Sophie Hyde. Past juries have featured distinguished writer Lawrence Weschler, Pierre Rissient, Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, Noah Cowan, Naomi Kawase and Australian legend producer Al Clark.


FLINDERS UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD

The Flinders University International Documentary Award celebrates distinctive factual filmmaking.

The 2015 winner was Amber Fares for Speed Sisters (USA/Palestine).

Jakeb Anhvu was the inaugural recipient of the Documentary Award in 2013, for Blush of Fruit (Australia / Vietnam).

Michael Loebenstein, Jane Schoettle and Beck Cole comprised the Documentary Jury in 2015, following on from Joost Den Hartog, Cherelle Zheng and Kristy Matheson in 2013.

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THE GU FILM HOUSE AUDIENCE AWARDS

We also open voting up to our audience, who’ll declare the winner of the hotly contested GU Film House Audience Awards. Nominate your favourite feature, short and documentary using the voting slips and ballot boxes in the cinema foyer.