Show Me the Magic director/ cinematographer Cathy Henkel took the best woman cinematographer prize at last night's World of Women's Cinema WOW Film Festival awards.
Nicolette Boaz collected the best Australian composer gong for her work on the documentary, which profiles veteran Australian DOP Don McAlpine and is screening at the festival today as part of International Women's Day celebrations.
The awards were presented at the Dendy Opera Quays, attended by industry luminaries including Screen Australia CEO Ruth Harley, Australian Directors Guild executive director Kingston Anderson, filmmaker Gretel Killeen, David Lewis, NSW president of the Australian Cinematographers Society and Jane St Vincent Welch and Dany Cooper of the Australia Screen Editors Guild.
It's the 19th edition of the fest staged by Women in Film and Television (WIFT) NSW, which showcases Australian and international shorts and celebrates the achievements of women filmmakers.
Director/writer Sophie Miller's Spine, the saga of a young quadriplegic struggling to come to terms with his injury, starring Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Webber, Sara West, Andy Ryan and Matt Zeremes, garnered the awards for best Australian fiction (drama), director, screenwriter and editor (Melanie Annan).
Steve Fleming and Emma Vickery's Polarised, the chronicle of a girl who enlists the help of her younger brother and the family dog to snare an older man, was named best fiction (comedy).
Best Australian documentary prize went to Roma D'Arrietta's Moeder, her account of experiencing and surviving extraordinary loss. Best Australian animation was judged to be Rowena Crowe's Letter Tape.
Among the international prizes, Colombian director Laura Mora's Salome, which looks at a 14-year-old girl who mourns her dad's death while everyone around her celebrates Virgin Del Carmen's day, took the fiction award. Cheryl Halpern and Mitchell Stewart's Natsanat, which documents the heroic stories of young female freedom fighters in Ethiopia, was best documentary, and Scottish director Claire Lamond's All That Glisters, about a girl who deals with her dad's illness from asbestosis, was best animation.