Turkish female coming-of-age drama, Mustang, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and cross-culture documentary, Zach’s Ceremony, by Aaron Peterson, were awarded best narrative feature and best documentary, respectively, after the votes we recounted for the Foxtel Movies Audience awards at the 63rd Sydney Film Festival.
Based on punters rating the festival films they see via either the SFF app or website, the Audience Awards acknowledges the five favourite fiction and non-fiction films screened at the festival each year, with the 2016 crop being particularly impressive:
Foxtel Movies Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Top Five:
1. Mustang, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüve
2. Land of Mine, directed by Martin Zandvliet
3. Teenage Kicks, directed by Craig Boreham
4. Being 17, directed by André Téchiné
5. Closet Monster, directed by Stephen Dunn
Foxtel Movies Audience Award for Best Documentary Top Five:
1. Zach’s Ceremony, directed by Aaron Petersen
2. Constance on the Edge, directed by Belinda Mason
3. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, directed by Morgan Neville
4. American Epic: Out of the Many, The One, directed by Bernard MacMahon
5. The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, directed by Ros Horin
Congratulations to all.