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Oh what a night! Not only did we have that cornucopia of bad taste; The Eurovision song contest on tonight but also the Grand Prix of Monaco too! Oh the joy, I hear you scream. After six days of screenings and industry events we finally have our list of winners for The St Kilda Film Festival of 2012. A few surprises thrown in to keep us intrigued but the form horses were largely known from the first reel out of the can.

In short(if you’ll excuse the pun) here are the winners:

1  Best Short Film…………Transmission directed by Zak Hilditch

2  Best Doco………………..The Globe Collector  directed by Summer Deroche

3  Best Animation…………The Missing Key directed by Jonathan Nix

4  Best Comedy…………….Boo!  directed by Rupert Reid

5  Best Actor………………..Angourie Rice – Transmission

6  Best Achievement in Indigenous Filmmaking.. YAPAWARNTI PALU RIJIKARRIJANI – Dir. Kai Raisbeck

7  Audience Choice Award……. THE PALACE – Dir. Anthony Maras

8  Craft Award……………..INTO THE SUN – Dir. Amy Gebhardt

9  Craft Award Commendation….TEN QUINTILLION – Dir. Romilly Spiers / Prod. Romilly 

10  Best Achievement in Cinematography….Paper Planes – NICK MATTHEWS ACS

11  Best Achievement in Screenplay….After the Credits – JOSH LAWSON

12  Best Achievement in Editing…Transmission – MERLIN CORNISH

13  Best Achievement in Visual Effects…Light as a Feather – DAVID MCDONNELL

14  Best Achievement in Production Design…Cryo – KAREN MURPHY

I wish all the contestants all the best for their future projects and would be surprised and disappointed if there isn’t a potential Oscar winner in there somewhere.

And let’s not forget Sweden’s gong for out doing an enlarged Europe in all aspects of cringe worthy entertainment but entertainment never the less, and what were the U.K. thinking when they entered the Humpback Engelbert? He’s nearly 80 for crying out loud. Surely they could have found some talentless chav to sing the birdie song.

There’s only one Terry Wogan!

Commiserations to Ireland but you’ve already had your Eurovision glory. And while I’m at it how about a polite pat on the back for Mark Webber and his win in Monaco.

Next stop Byron Bay for some rest and relaxation.

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