Writer-director Samuel Van Grinsven's 'Sequin in a Blue Room' is set to premiere in major overseas markets, a big achievement for the film he made as his graduate project in the Master of Arts Screen program at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2018.
First-time feature directors Thomas Wright ('Acute Misfortune'), John Sheedy ('H is for Happiness'), Ben Lawrence ('Hearts and Bones') and Natalie Erika James ('Relic') will vie for the Australian Directors' Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Film ($1 million or over) against Sophie Hyde ('Animals') and Wayne Blair ('Top End Wedding').
'Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears' - the feature film spin-off Every Cloud Productions' series 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' - will make its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January.
Lingo Pictures' four-part TV drama 'Lambs of God' has collected an unprecedented 18 AACTA Award nominations, while Jennifer Kent's 'The Nightingale' leads in film with 15 nods.
Some 34 feature films will compete for nominations for this year's AACTA Awards, and the longlist covers diverse range of titles, from box office earners like 'Top End Wedding' and 'Storm Boy', through to the critically lauded 'The Nightingale' and micro budget indies like 'Suburban Wildlife'.
Sydney Film Festival has announced its audience awards, with best narrative feature awarded to Samuel Van Grinsven's 'Sequin in a Blue Room' and best documentary to Selina Miles' 'Martha: A Picture Story' - both Aussie films.