Actor and filmmaker Kylie Bracknell, composer Caitlin Yeo and Luke Cornish’s keep walking are among the winners of this year’s Sydney Film Festival, along with Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont close triumphant in the official competition.

Dhont received the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize for his review of Childhood Friendship, beating 11 other titles.

The jury, led by David Wenham, called the film a “standout”, displaying “a mastery of restraint, subtle handling of the story, astute observations and delicate attention to the finer details. A film whose the power was felt in the unsaid, the moments between the lines of dialogue.A film with inspired cinematography and flawless performances.

“A tender, moving, powerful film.”


Dhont’s film also won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in May, tied with Claire Denis. The stars at noon.

Joining Wenham on the pageant judging were Jennifer Peedom; Bangladeshi screenwriter-director-producer Mostofa Sarwar Farooki; Semih Kaplanoğlu, Turkish screenwriter-director-producer winner of Berlin’s Golden Bear, and Yuka Sakano, executive director of Tokyo’s Kawakita Memorial Film Institute.

Accepting the SFF award, Dhont thanked the festival, jury and audience for “opening hearts and minds to a film that comes from deep within.”

“We wanted to make a film about friendship and connection after a time when we all understood its necessity and its power. I decided to use cinema as a way to connect with the world. And tonight, I feeling incredibly close and connected to all of you.

The Sydney Film Festival awards were handed out at the closing night of the festival last night at the State Theatre, ahead of the Australian premiere of Hirokazu Kore-eda Broker.

Cornish won the $10,000 Documentary Australia Award for his project keep walkingwhich follows the training of two female artists for Australia’s biggest street dance competition.

Accepting the award, the director thanked the Sydney Film Festival, “because just like the participants in this film, it is very difficult to show your artistic talent and your creative dreams anywhere. That’s what helped them and myself to be seen.

The prize was awarded by the jury comprising Documentary Australia CEO Mitzi Goldman, filmmaker Tosca Looby and filmmaker Kamar Ahmad Simon.

In a joint statement, they said, “Tonight’s winner is a film that takes us deep into a subculture to reveal much more than meets the surface. The filmmaker established a remarkable rapport and trust, challenging our preconceptions and delivering a story that touched us and transported us far into another world.

“The community presented in the film has a lot to tell us about family, identity, belonging, hard work, testing our limits, love and acceptance. The film is sensitively crafted, beautifully filmed and edited and its fascinating characters. It’s a generation that has something to say and asks us to listen. It’s much more
than a film about the vibrant street dance subculture.

Deutsche Bank First Nations Creative Fellowship Winner: Kylie Bracknell (Photo: Belinda Rolland © 2022)

Bracknell was awarded the 2022 Deutsche Bank Fellowship for First Nations Film Makers, the second person to receive the award after Darlene Johnson. The scholarship provides a $20,000 grant to an Australian First Nations filmmaker to further develop their skills through international placement or other professional development.

Bracknell will use her grant to further develop a project she is co-producing with Robyn Kershaw, The Great Emu Waron “the country reversing the roles of imperialism”.

Yeo won the $10,000 Sydney-UNESCO City of Film Prize, awarded by Create NSW to an NSW-based ‘trailblazing’ screen practitioner.

Caitlin Yeo, winner of the UNESCO City of Film Prize (Photo: Belinda Rolland © 2022)

Yeo is the first composer to receive the award, along with past recipients including Karina Holden, Blackfella Films, Warwick Thornton, Leah Purcell and Lynette Wallworth.

Director Sally Aitken, who has worked with Yeo on projects such as Play with sharks and Seduction in the city, presented her with the award, saying: “This year’s winner truly deserves all the accolades, for her sensitive, imaginative and always open approach to her work. As in so many other areas of the craft, women continue to be underrepresented. So I’m… proud to showcase her and her work, it also serves to shine a light on the role model that is so needed. As we all know, when you see it, you can be it.

In accepting the award, Yeo said she was proud that the sometimes “unnoticed” art and craft of screen composition was being recognized and encouraged the industry to continue to stand up for each other to create a better industry. strong.

“I want to thank all of the amazing filmmakers I’ve worked with over my career for sharing a desire to push the boundaries of what music can do, how it’s created, and its poetic ability to illuminate the vision,” she said.

“We are all allied together, and of course my music would not exist without the remarkable Australian stories, for which I have had the privilege of composing.”

Yeo’s award also includes a residency of up to four weeks at Charlie’s in Los Angeles, the Australians’ open hub for film.

The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films saw Jonathan Daw and Tjunkaya Tapaya Donkey win both the AFTRS Craft Award (a cash prize of $7,000) and the Yoram Gross Animation Award of $5,000. The first AFTRS award went to the character artists from the film, Tapaya; Caroline Kenta; Imuna Kenta; Elizabeth Dunn; Stacia Yvonne Lewis; Atipalku Intjalki; Lynette Lewis; and Cynthia Burke.

The $7,000 Dendy Live Action Short Award and $7,000 Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director went to Luisa Martiri and Tanya Modini for Butterflies will eat them.

The Dendy Awards judging panel consisted of Bracknell, actor-director Taylor Ferguson and Stan’s programming director Ben Nguyen.

The 2022 winner of the $10,000 Sustainable Future Award was an Australian documentary Delikado directed by Karl Malakunas, which reveals the tribulations of the environmental crusaders on the Philippine island of Palawan.

The jury for the prize included 2021 inaugural award-winning filmmaker Eva Orner and philanthropist and activist Amanda Maple-Brown.

“This year, the festival was proud to present and reward incredible films from renowned filmmakers, including closesaid SFF director Nashen Moodley.

“Our juries were impressed with the wonderful and insightful storytelling presented on our screens. It’s a testament to the Festival’s philosophy of championing powerful and thought-provoking stories that stay with audiences long after they leave the
movie theater.

“From fervent standing ovations to glittering red carpets, adorned with iconic filmmaking talent, the past 12 days have been an extraordinary and thrilling reintroduction to our wonderful Sydney Film Festival in person, celebrating the stories that deserve to be told.”