Frackman picks up Byron Film Fest's top award
THE anti-CSG mining film Frackman picked up two awards at this year's Byron Bay International Film Festival.
The documentary of ordinary Aussie bloke Dayne Pratzky taking on the giant mining corporations played to a packed house during the festival and won the top honours for Best Film and Best Environmental Film.
The Best Byron Film award went to Nyangbul woman Lois Cook for her study of the mass killings of her people on the North Coast, Babe in the Reeds: A story of massacres and resilience.
The Slap's director Tony Ayres picked up Best Dramatic Feature for his tough crime drama, Cut Snake, and an honorary mention was given to A Fighting Season, a drama about the recruitment methods used by the US military.
In other awards the Best Cinematography prize went to horror film III, Best Short Film to the Polish Matka Ziemia (Mother Earth), Best Young Australian Filmmaker was Brodie Poole for The Flight of the Buffalo, Best Surf Film Learning to Float, Best Music Video to Claire - The Next Ones to Come, Best Experimental Film to Gaia, and Best Animation was Flow.
Next year marks the festival's 10th anniversary and preparations for it are already under way, director J'aimee Skippon-Volke said.