AACTA calling for Byron Kennedy Award recommendations

AACTA is now calling for recommendations for one of the nation’s most coveted and prestigious screen excellence Awards – the Byron Kennedy Award.

This Award, which honours Dr George Miller’s original filmmaking partner and Mad Max co-creator Byron Kennedy, celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries and is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

Presented by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, in association with AACTA, this Award includes a cash prize of $10,000. The recipient is selected by an appointed jury annually.

Byron Kennedy Award recipients include filmmakers and film festival founders such as John Polson, through to those at the cutting edge of film technology/computer graphic imaging (Animal Logic), and multidisciplinary filmmakers such as Ivan Sen.

The most recent Byron Kennedy Award honoured Amiel Courtin-Wilson for his risk taking and evocative storytelling. The jury felt that “Amiel has been patiently searching for truth and beauty at the margins of society, making films which have captured the attention of international audiences”.

The next recipient will be presented with the Byron Kennedy Award at 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto in Sydney.

To submit a recommendation for the Byron Kennedy Award, please provide a copy of your chosen candidate’s filmography along with a letter detailing the candidate’s achievements and your thoughts on why they should be considered for the Award.

Recommendations must be emailed to Awards Manager, Chloe Boulton, by 5pmFriday 2 October, 2015.

For more information and a full list of former recipients, see the AACTA website.

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