Having just screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Australian offering Yardbird has won the Dendy Award for Best Live Action Short at the 59th Sydney Film Festival (SFF).
Directed by Michael Spiccia and filmed on location in Victoria, it has received a cash prize of $5000 and is one of five films to be awarded at SFF this year.
Yardbird joins the 2012 Official Competition winner, Alps, whose director Yorgos Lanthimos has received a $60,000 cash prize for his efforts.
Meanwhile, Paul Gallasch's Killing Anna took home the FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize and $10,000.
The jury for the award described the film - about Gallasch's unusual method of dealing with a relationship break-up - as "distinctive, funny, and full of character".
"The filmmaker courageously exposes his own emotional journey to deliver a universal message about romantic loss," they said.
The Rouben Mamoulian Award, presented to the best Australian short film director, went to Mirrah Foulkes for Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke along with a $5000 cash prize.Last but not least, the Toram Gross Animation Award for the Best Australian Animated short film went to The Maker, written and directed by Christopher Kezelos, who received a cheque for $4000.
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