Australia’s finest turn out to judge the 2007 Inside Film Craft Awards

The Australian Film Industry’s finest will attend special screenings this weekend and choose the nominees for the 2007 Inside Film Awards craft categories of Best Director, Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best Sound. The lucky nominees for the craft categories will be announced on Wednesday 10 October at 10.30am at the Water Bar in Sydney along with the other 2007 Inside Film Awards nominations.
An incredible line up of filmmaking talent is supporting the film industry’s favourite awards, affectionately known as the IF Awards. The craft categories are judged by film professionals with skills and expertise related to the category that they are judging and this year is the best yet in terms of the award winning talent that has made themselves available for this important judging process.
Among the judges for the The Animal Logic IF Award for Best Director are some of Australia’s highest regarded filmmakers including Sarah Watt (Look Both Ways), Sue Brooks (Japanese Story) Paul Goldman (Suburban Mayhem, Australian Rules) and Richard Lowenstein (He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, Dogs In Space) to name just a few.
Previous winner of the IF Living Legend Award Jill Bilcock, known for her editing work on films such as Moulin Rouge, Catch A Fire, and Japanese Story will join other noted editors on the panel such as Adrian Rostirolla (Kokoda) and Nick Meyers (The Bank, Three Dollars) to choose the nominees for The Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing.
The Zig Zag Lane IF Award for Best Sound will be judged by a panel of renowned sound professionals including Roger Savage (Catch A Fire, Rabbit-Proof Fence) Bruce Emery (SomersaultThe Dish) Julius Chan (Happy Feet, The Finished People) and John Willsteed (The Bank, The Rage in Placid Lake).
Highly regarded production designers including Jo Ford (We of the Never Never) Jon Dowding (Mad Max) and Karen Harborow (Razzle Dazzle) will join others on the panel for The IF Award for Best Production Design.
Over the craft judging weekend the top films, as rated in the Inside Film Awards national scoring circuit, which closed on 14th September are watched by this veritable who’s who of the industry and will be assessed on their individual craft merit. 
The top seven feature films in contention will be screened nationally in three different cities – Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. The Sydney screenings are kindly sponsored by Animal Logic, while the Melbourne screenings are being held in partnership with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and in Brisbane The Brisbane City Regent cinema is generously sponsoring the screenings.
Clare Sawyer, Inside Film Awards General Manager comments: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome such a great range of experienced film professionals onto the Inside Film Awards Craft Panels this year. Their involvement with the IF Awards reflects the regard and affection in which the awards are held by the industry as a whole.’
Award winners will walk the star-studded red carpet at the industry’s favourite celebration at the 2007 Inside Film Awards at the Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on Friday 16 November. The awards will be broadcast live on SBS at 10pm, with delayed telecasts screened on SHOWTIME.
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