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Winners 2021 Pool A

FEATURE AWARDS SUPREME FEATURE AWARD Winner: We Are Conjola

Finalists: The Healing, Anchor Point, Women of Steel

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE AWARD Winner: Castro’s Spies

Finalists: Punks, Anchor Point, The Last Horns of Africa

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD Winner: Inferno Without Borders

BEST AUSTRALIAN FEATURE AWARD Winner: Woman of Steel

Finalists: Cry of the Forests, Rosemarys Way, Inferno Without Borders

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY Winner: The Rumba Kings

Finalists: Meeting the Beatles in India, Bleeding Audio, Don’t Let the Devil Take Another Day

BEST STRANGER THAN FICTION / TRUE CRIME Winner: Deadman’s Switch

Finalists: Claydream, Enemies of the State, Holy Frit

BEST DIRECTOR – AUSTRALIA Winner: Batoor: A Refugee Journey - Barat Ali Batoor

Nominee - Ash Brennan for We Are Conjola Nominee -  Women of Steel Nominee - The Healing - Nick Barkla Nominee - 

BEST DIRECTOR – INTERNATIONAL Winner: Yael Bridge - The Big Scary S Word

Nominee: Holly Tuckett - Anchor Point Nominee: Nominee: Jim Bernfield - Me to Play Nominee: Ollie Aslin & Gary Lennon - Castro's Spies

BEST MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY Winner: Wild Things

Finalists: The Healing, Finding Creativity, Mental as Anything,

Pool B

SHORT DOCUMENTARY SUPREME JURY PRIZE: Winner: The Hunger Ward

Finalists: The Beach, FBI's Secret War, An Improbable Collection

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCO or WEBSERIES: Winner: Hunger Ward

Finalists Deepfake Therapy, Bundini, Memory Lanes

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT DOCO or WEBSERIES: Winner: The Beach

Finalists Ngumpin Kartiya, Living on the Line, Beyond the Burning

BEST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR: Winner: FBI's Secret War

Finalists: Mesdames of Mayhem, From a Dark Place, 2020:A Covid Space Odyssey

AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR: Winner: An Improbable Collection

Finalists: The Space Between, Icebergers, Lost Contact

BEST VR: Winner: Inside Covid-19

Finalists: Azibuye, MLK Convergence, Gimme One,

Pool C

Supreme Jury Prize Documentary Photograph Winner: Once Upon a Time in Venezuela Photography by Sepp Brudermann

Best International Documentary Photograph Winner On the Train by Kang Le

Best Australian Documentary Photograph Winner: Australia Burns – Silence of the Land by Shane McLauchlan

Best Documentary Photographer Winner: Once Upon a Time in Venezuela Photography by Sepp Brudermann

Award Winners 2020

Best Australian Director: Nominee 1 – By the River – Dan Braga Nominee 2 – Manus Director Angus Macdonald Nominee 3 – Chris Franklin – Yellow Nominee 4 – Vigilance – Tess Mcarthur-Dowty

Winner = By the River – Dan Braga

Best Australian Short Documentary / Video Essay Nominee 1 – Silver Lining -Ran Li Nominee 2 – Hayat – Rendah Haj Nominee 3 – Firesticks – Clare Richardson and Henning Goll Nominee 4 – Bright Lights – The Perils of the Pokies – Charby Ibrahim

Winner = Silver Lining -Ran Li

Best Melbourne Short Documentary: Nominee 1 – Spirit – Jan Dyson Nominee 2 – Hayat – Rendah Haj Nominee 3 – King of Frankston – Kristina Kraskov Nominee 4 – Chen – Orit Novak

Winner = Hayat – Rendah Haj

Best International Short Documentary / Video Essay Nominee 1 – Echoes Of The Volcano – Charlie Fairbanks Nominee 2 – The Mortician of Manila – Leah Borromeo Nominee 3 – Thou Shall Not Tailgate – Greg Hamilton Nominee 4 – Stranger / Things – Philip Brubaker

Winner = Echoes Of The Volcano – Charlie Fairbanks

Best Documentary Webseries Nominee 1 – Comment j’ai Hacke’ Mes Intestins – Marie Blanc Nominee 2 – High Rising – Vidad Nayan Nominee 3 – Boy in the Blue cap – Kristen Shorten Nominee 4 – Youth on Strike by Rob Innes

Winner = Youth on Strike by Rob Innes .

BEST VR/ Interactive Documentary Nominee 1 – Night Becomes Day – Daniel Bury Nominee 2 – Lost Cities – Marita Davidson Nominee 3 – Sunrise with Sea Monster – Myles Painter Nominee 4 – Field Trip – Stotz Eva

Winner = Field Trip – Stotz Eva

Best International – Director Nominee 1 – The Mortician of Manila – Leah Borromeo Nominee 2 – Echoes Of The Volcano – Charlie Fairbanks Nominee 3 – Girl in the Hallway – Valerie Barnhart Nominee 4 – Swatted – Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

Winner = The Mortician of Manila – Leah Borromeo

Supreme Short Nomination Nominee 1 – By the River – Dan Braga Nominee 2 – Spirit – Jan Dyson Nominee 3 – Echoes Of The Volcano – Charlie Fairbanks Nominee 4 – The Mortician of Manila – Leah Borromeo

Winner = The Mortician of Manila – Leah Borromeo

Best International Documentary Nominee 1 – Forman vs Forman – Helena Trestíková Nominee 2 – The Pick Up Game – Barnaby and Matthew O’Connor Nominee 3 – Meat the Future – Liz Marshall Nominee 4 – The Walrus and the Whistleblower – Nathalie Bibeau

Winner = Forman vs Forman – Helena Trestíková

Best Director – International Nominee 1 – Barnaby and Matthew O’Connor – The Pick Up Game Nominee 2 – Nathalie Bibeau – The Walrus and the Whistle-Blower Nominee 3 – Helena Trestíková – Forman Vs Forman Nominee 4 – Liz Marshall – Meat the Future

Winner = Barnaby and Matthew O’Connor – The Pick Up Game

Best Australian Documentary Nominee 1 – Ocean to Sky – Michael Dillon Nominee 2 – The Boy Who Said No! – Judith Ehrlich Nominee 3 – Can Art Stop A Bullet – Mark Street Nominee 4 – Strangers to The World – Grant Fraser

Winner = Ocean to Sky – Michael Dillon

Best Director – Australia Nominee 1 – Judith Ehrlich – The Boy Who Said No Nominee 2 – Michael Dillon – Ocean to Sky Nominee 3 – Mark Street – Can Art Stop a Bullet Nominee 4 – Grant Fraser – Strangers to the World

Winner = Michael Dillon – Ocean to Sky

Best Melbourne Documentary Nominee 1 – D’Art – Karl Moller Nominee 2 – Man on the Bus – Eve Ash Nominee 3 – Can Art Stop a Bullet – Mark Street Nominee 4 – More than a Mile – Alex Michael

Winner = Can Art Stop a Bullet – Mark Street

Audience Choice Nominee # 1 Boys Who Said No – Judith Elrich Nominee # 2 The World’s Best Film – Joshua Belinfante Nominee # 3 Leaving Allen Street – Katrina Channells Nominee # 4 Decent – Nays Baghai

Winner = Leaving Allen Street – Katrina Channells

Supreme Awards Nominee 1 – The Pick Up Game – Barnaby and Matthew O’Connor Nominee 2 – The Walrus and the Whistleblower – Nathalie Bibeau Nominee 3 – Ocean to Sky – Michael Dillon Nominee 4 – The Boy Who Said No! – Judith Ehrlich

Winner = The Boy Who Said No! – Judith Ehrlich

Pool C Best Documentary Photographer Witnesses by Mikael Jansson Best Australian Documentary Photograph A Silent City by Jamie van Leeuwen Best International Documentary Photograph We All Have Wings by At THE UNKNOWN Supreme Jury Prize Documentary Photograph: Remember Odessa by Wilhelm Domke-Schulz

The 2019 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Leaderboard

Pool A

Supreme Short Documentary Winner: Happy Android Finalists: I Signed the Petition That Night After the Fire The Holiday Inn-Side I Want You to Know

Best International Short Documentary Winner: Uncaged a Stand In Story Finalists: Thursday Fields That Night I Signed the Petition After the Fire Tapume

Best Australian Short Documentary Winner: I Want You to Know Finalists: Voodoo Medics She Starts 2 The Beeman Stuart X Haunted Witness

Best Melbourne Documentary: Winner: Be You T Fool Finalists: Restoration Island The Holiday Inn-Side After the Tsunami We Are All in the Together Prom Night

Best Short Director Winner Jaina Kalifa for Happy Android Finalists: Haunted Witness The Holiday Inn-Side I Signed the Petition I Want You to Know

Doc Challenge Winner: The Hand Out Finalists: Rise Adoption Pending Pain is Mine

Pool B

Supreme Award Feature: Winner: 17 Blocks Finalists: Dark Money Art of Incarceration Pariah Dog New Homeland Skid Row Marathon

Best International Documentary Winner: JR Bob Dobbs Church of the Sub Genius Finalists: Dogs Best Friend American Mirror Unraveling Athena Dosed Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

Best Australian Documentary Winner: Art of Incarceration Finalists: Van Duren Tommy Emmauel Saving Waru Looby The Candidate

Best Director – International / Australian Winner: Davy Rothbart for 17 Blocks Finalists: Saving Warru New Homeland Skid Row Marathon Pariah Dog Art of Incarceration

Best Music Documentary Winner: Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road Finalists: Boom Godfather s of Hardcore Waiting: The Van Duren Story Kiss Vs MCZ

Best Melbourne Documentary Winner: Art of Incarceration Finalists: Forged From Fire Red Sunday Strange Tenants Kartika 9 Home Front

Audience Choice: Dosed

Pool C

Supreme Jury Prize Documentary Photograph Mike Wilkin – The Blacksmith’s Tree Best International Documentary Photograph Valentina Ippolito – Red Wind Best Australian Documentary Photograph Robin Yong – Secrets of the Flower and Willow World Best Documentary Photographer Travis Fox - Salt of the Earth

The 2018 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Leaderboard

Pool A

Short Awards War Mothers – Матері Війні by Stefan Bugryn

Best International Short Documentary or Webseries – Ex Nihilo by Timo Wright

Best Australian Short Documentary or Webseries Wolfe – Short Documentary by Claire Randall

Best Short Director (International / Australia) – Stefan Bugryn for War Mothers

Pool B

Feature Awards

Supreme Jury Prize Feature Documentary – Kings of Baxter by Jack Yabsley

Best International Documentary – Out of My Head by Jacki Ochs and Susanna Styron

Best Australian Documentary – Kangaroo by Mick Mcintyre

Best Director (International / Australia) – Jack Yabsley

Best Melbourne Documentary – Fish Out Of Water by Israel Cannan

Pool C

Documentary Photography Awards

Supreme Jury Prize Documentary Photograph – Wimmera Art Silos

Best International Documentary Photograph – Teochew Opera - The Art of Lao Sai Tao Yuan by Robin Yong

Best Australian Documentary Photograph – Emma Hudson for Portraiture

Best Documentary Photographer – Mike Davis for Wimmera Art Silos

The 2017 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Leaderboard

Supreme Jury Prize Winner – God Knows Where I Am

Hero of Cinema Award – Bob Hawk

Audience Choice Award – Jewel Catch One by CF Fitz

Best International Documentary – Tie - Placebo Alt Russia & Five Days on Lesvos

Best Australian Documentary – Meal Tickets

Best Melbourne Documentary (short and feature) – Tunnel Vision

Best Indigenous Documentary – One Heart One Spirit

Best Music / Art Documentary – Tie - Northern Disco Lights + Play Your Gender

Best Environmental Documentary – Tie - Complicit + The Gateway Bug

Best Emerging Director Feature Ivan Hexler – Tunnel Vision & Matt De Koning for Meal Tickets

Best Emerging Director Feature – JJ Garvine Tai Parquet Heather White

Best Editing – Act of Kindness

Wildcard / Avante Garde Award – Lunar Orbit

Best Expanded Interdisciplinary Project – The Road Movie

Best Short Documentary Australian – Breaking Ice James Nightingale

Best International Short Documentary – Road to Webequie and For Flint

Best International Emerging Short Documentary Emerging – Tie - Mariah Wilson – Eeya and Claudio Cruz – Edu and Cat Mills Fixed

Documentary Photography

Supreme Award – Portraits

Landscape – Teheran the Invisible City

Portraiture – Flowers of Ethiopia

Street Photography – Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge

The 2016 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Leaderboard

Supreme Jury Award – A Billion Lives by Aaron Biebert

Best Director – Aaron Biebert

Best Indigenous Featue or Short – The Drovers Boy by Margaret McHugh

Best Music Documentary – Todd Who? by Gavin Bond

Best Australian Documentary – The Coffee Man Film by Jeff Hann

Best International Documentary – Goodnight Brooklyn - The Story of Death by Audio by Matt Conboy

Best Victorian Featue or Short – Inside Fighter byNick Barkla

Best International Short Documentary – Waterlilies by Tanya Doyle

Best Australian Short Documentary – You Better Take Cover by Harry Hayes

Best Editing – Beep: A History of Video Game Sound

Best Cinematography – Sustainable

Best Comedy / Mockumentary – VIVA LA VINCENTby Ashleigh Nicolau

Best Art Documentary – Andre Villers a Lifetime in Images by Marketa Tomanova

Best Avante Garde / Innovation Award – Bullied To Death un film di Giovanni Coda by Giovanni Coda - Jo -

Best Health and Enviornmental Documentary – Sustainable by Matt Wechler and Plastic in my water by Allard Faas

Audience Choice – Spoke by Em Baker

Wildcard Award – Coalville Gold by Ross Bolidai andWeg van de Kerk - Churchroad by Robin Vogel