The Knitting Nannas doco awarded at festival

A DOCUMENTARY about those grannies against gas - the Knitting Nannas - received the People's Choice Award at the Byron All Shorts Film Festival, held in conjunction with Flickerfest in Bangalow on the weekend.

Thirteen films were selected as finalists from a field of almost 50, with organiser Shane Rennie saying the quality and production values continue to increase every year.

The overall winner for Best Short Film was taken out by Nimbin film makers Peter Hardwick and Pancho Colladetti for their quirky love story The Bouquet about a smitten young man who offers a unique expression of his love which is artfully transformed by the women of his dreams.

The award for Emerging Talent went to 18 year-old Amari Sleiman of Ocean Shores for her film A Catastrophic Concurrence of Curious Events about the complications faced by someone making a birthday cake for her best friend.

"She in definitely a talent we are going to see in the industry in the future," Mr Rennie said.

Also highly commended by the jury was Melissa Nesbitt for her documentary about Byron-based doco maker David Bradbury; Keep the Cameras Rolling.