The winners of the 2019 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2019) Short Film Awards were announced at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) during the Festival’s closing night party.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said the awards included the inaugural Screen Queensland Short Film Award valued at $7500 for eligible Queensland-made entries, as well as cash prizes for a range of categories recognising the best and most original films in the competition. “BIFF’s programming team selected 24 short films from hundreds of Australian and international entries to screen as part of the Festival and be eligible for the Awards,” Mr Saines said.

The Chair of Screen Queensland Linda Lavarch said the Screen Queensland Short Film Award was given to Roughnut by filmmakers Adam Webb and Kyle Thompson. “Roughnut impressed the jury with its palpable sense of place, raw energy and powerful performances by its young actors,” Ms Lavarch said. “We are delighted to provide $7500 funding to these filmmakers to support concept development or travel and marketing opportunities to industry events that will advance their screen industry careers.”

BIFF 2019 Artistic Director and Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, Amanda Slack-Smith said it was with great excitement that so many talented individuals had their work being seen and recognised through BIFF 2019 and its Short Film competition. “I’d like to personally congratulate all of the winners on their outstanding productions. The calibre has been extraordinary,” said Ms Slack-Smith said.

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