March 07, 2014 05:30 ET

2014 DocWeek Award Winners Announced

Last Night DocWeek, Australia's National Documentary Festival and the AIDC Conference in Adelaide Presented Five Awards to Individuals Making a Difference in the Documentary Industry

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - Mar 7, 2014) -

AIDC Stanley Hawes Award Winner
The most prestigious Documentary award to be presented to an organization or person who has made an outstanding contribution to the documentary sector in Australia over a period of time. This award includes a $5,000 prize.

Chris Hilton is one of Australia's most prolific and award winning factual producer/directors who has made films across a broad spectrum of subjects for the world's major broadcasters. Chris has executive produced or produced over 300 hours of quality documentary for broadcasters such as PBS, BBC, Channel Four, Discovery, National Geographic and Arte as well as all Australian networks. Chris Hilton is CEO of Essential Media and Entertainment.

CO Chair of AIDC Lori Flekser said, "DocWeek and the AIDC is proud to present the 2014 AIDC Stanley Hawes Award to Chris Hilton. His remarkable filmography and policy work has helped to redefine the shape, scope and reputation of the Australian Documentary history."

David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship Award Winner
Established by Kim Williams AM, this Fellowship provides the recipient with $25,000 with which to explore, expand and challenge their filmmaking practice and raise the bar of excellence in Australian documentary cinema.

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations reflect on the connections between people and the natural world. Her work uses photography, film and interactive technologies, like touch-based interfaces, to engage viewers and allow them to experience her works intuitively. Her work has been presented at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, USA (2013); Sydney Festival (2010); Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York (2008); Turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial (2007); In Between Time, Arnolfini, Bristol (2006) and Melbourne International Arts Festival (2004). Her directional debut in traditional documentary TENDER Premiered at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival to great acclaim.

Renowned Australian filmmaker Bob Connolly said, "The thing that strikes me about Lynette is that she is a multi talented artist whose singular vision transcends traditional boundaries of genre and relentlessly embraces the new."

F4 Award Winner for Outstanding New Australian Documentary Talent

With an honorary mention to Clare Young, Director of From The Bottom of the Lake

Jakeb Anhvu is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts. As a writer, director, editor and producer, his short films include Dan Bau Lullaby (2013) and The Marshall Cooking Show (2004). Blush of Fruit (2012) is his feature debut. Jakeb won the 2103 Adelaide Film Festival, Flinders University Documentary Award for Blush of Fruit.

Asia Pacific New Documentary Award Winner

With an honorary mention to Jess Feast, Director of Gardening With Soul

The Asia Pacific New Documentary Award for Outstanding New Asia Pacific Documentary talent celebrates works from some of the hottest new documentary talent in the region.

Pavitra Chalam is a graduate student from the New York Film Academy. In 2012, Pavitra founded her production house CurleyStreet Media. She has made films on issues ranging from mental illness and drug addiction to the environment. Her Film 'Anamika - Her Glorious Past' on the Devadasi tradition in India won several awards and received critical acclaim around the world.

Jury President and Head of Pacific and Mekong-ABC International, Domenic Friguglietti said, "It was a wonderful opportunity and a difficult task for the Jury to assess which filmmaker from the Asia Pacific region was able to best articulate their creative vision and potential. In short, all of the films demonstrated the craft of documentary at its finest. Reaching a recommendation was one of the hardest deliberations I have been involved with as the quality of the films was so high. In the end, the Jury was unanimous in its choice of Blush of Fruit for the F4 prize and Indelible to take out the Asia Pacific Award. Both great films and a solid foundation for the Asia Pacific New Documentary Program."

2014 ACCESS@AIDC Award Winner

An award offered to an individual that shows motivation and enthusiasm at the start of their filmmaking career. This year's winner will spend a 4-week internship at Jamie Oliver's production company, Fresh One.

Kirsty O'Brien is a producer and director based in the Northern Territory. Her most recent project is 'Cattle Scars' detailing the human impact of the live export suspension. She's worked as television and radio journalist since 2006. She has been a presenter for 7pm news and reporter for ABC 24, Landline, Lateline and 7.30 NT. She was highly commended in the Marchbanks Northern Territory Young Journalist of the year Award for 2013 for her rural work. Kirsty is now working on an hour-long piece through the ABC titled 'Tough Ride.' She's also producing a segment for the Big Stories project in East Timor.

Roy Ackerman, Managing Director, Fresh One Productions and one of the mentor's of the initiative said, "It has been a privilege to come to AIDC and give a chance to one young Australian to come over to the UK to work with us in London at Fresh One. Jamie Oliver, ever since Jamie's Kitchen and the start of Fifteen, which kick-started his commitment to campaigning, he has been all about talent and opportunities for young people. He would be delighted to have met all the six candidates I have been spending time with this week. They are all dynamic and worthy winners of this opportunity, showing the strength of the creative community in this country. I would have been happy to have Ella, Logan, Andrew, Chrissy or Laura to work on one of our Jamie shows, on Food Tube our global youtube play, or one of the entertainment, documentary, arts, drama or fact ent projects. But, in the end, the candidate who most impressed the mentors and who we felt was at the right stage to benefit most from it was Kristy Leigh O'Brien. A journalist/producer working at ABC News and Current Affairs in Darwin, Northern Territories, she's shown grit and determination to get her work onto national TV and we're proud to offer her the first ACCESS@AIDC AWARD. I hope that this prize becomes an annual one, offering young Australians a chance to travel -- and those of us who are lucky enough to have made a career in this wonderful job, we can learn from them. I for one would like to help make that happen. Thanks to all the mentors, to AIDC and in particular to the five other candidates, who I will be asking industry leaders here to invite in to their organisations."

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