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Balibo is top flick at BIFF

Australian film Balibo was awarded two of the five jury prizes at the Brisbane International Film Festival.

The film, about the murder of five journalists in East Timor in 1975, received the Interfaith and the Fipresci jury awards.

Directed by Robert Connolly (Three Dollars, The Bank) and starring Anthony LaPaglia and Underbelly star Gyton Grantley, the film also placed first in the Showtime Audience Top 10 poll.

The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema jury recognised Agrarian Utopia and About Elly.

It’s Not Me, I Swear and Ben X took out the respective Junior and Senior categories in the Translink Cine Spark awards.

The Courier-Mail Queensland Short Film Competitions Critics’ Choice was awarded to Seersucker, while Behind Blue Eyes was voted Audience Favourite.

Jackie McKimmie, 2009 Kinetone Award recipient. Photo by Jimmy Malecki.

Jackie McKimmie, 2009 Kinetone Award recipient: Jimmy Malecki.

Jackie McKimmie received the Kinetone Award for outstanding contribution to the Queensland film industry.

McKimmie is best known for her award-winning shorts Stations and No Problems, as well as the full-length features Australian Dream and Gino.

McKimmie has been a director at Indigenous workshops run by the Australian Film Commission and runs writing and directing workshops for the QPIX Screen Skills Initiative, which assists emerging Queensland filmmakers.

Festival spokesperson Julie Byth said BIFF was as popular as ever, with ticket sales up from previous years.

Several films sold out including The September Issue, Moon, Dead Snow, Blessed and Che 1 & 2.

Also popular amongst festivalgoers was the romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer and English comedy Looking For Eric.

Next year’s festival will move from July-August to mid November and to a new, as yet unspecified venue.

Balibo is set to open in cinemas on August 14.

Balibo Trailer