The 9th edition of Possible Worlds, Australia's American & Canadian Film Festival, took place August 7-17 in Sydney, with elements of the program touring to Canberra and Perth.
The film opened with a story about youth - the Australian premiere of hilarious Quebec coming-of-age comedy 1987, and closed with a comedy about old age - LAND HO! - a witty throwback to ‘80s buddy comedies and a bittersweet rumination on friendship.
A host of American indies had their premiere at the Festival, including BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY (starring Sydney actor Callan McAuliffe, Riley Stearns' FAULTS, Sundance winner I ORIGINS and Zachary Wigon's THE HEART MACHINE.
From Canada, Audiences got to see Sebastien Pilote's 35mm-shot THE AUCTION, hit comedy THE GRAND SEDUCTION, TRIPTYCH from master Robert Lepage, and documentary WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY.
Xavier Dolan featured in two films at the festival, Daniel Grou's ensemble drama MIRACULUM and his own psychological thriller TOM AT THE FARM.
Sydney comedian Jared Jekyll did some hilarious stand-up to warm up the crowd before the world premiere of AIR SEX: THE MOVIE, and Josh Wheatley hosted a great Genre Film Trivia night (with puppet critic Harvey Feltstein) after the Australian premiere of sci-fi flick YOUNG ONES.
In Sydney and Canberra, the Australian premiere of documentary OUR MAN IN TEHRAN was hosted by the Canadian Consul General and the Deputy Canadian High Commissioner respectively, and the post-screening discussion featured speakers such as Amin Saikal, director of the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies, and Marc Innes-Brown, from the Middle East Branch at DFAT.
New York-based filmmaker Dave Regos was a special guest, presenting a sold out screening of his environmental documentary DIVIDE IN CONCORD, which went on to win the 2014 World Movies Audience Award for Best Film.
Our Awards Ceremony took place at Event Cinemas prior to the screening of Closing Night Film LAND HO!. Our 2014 jury was made up of Jim Poe, Alicia Emery, Conor Bateman, Steve Jaggi, Luke Goodsell and Larin Sullivan.
The Award for Best American Film went to John Magary's THE MEND, a fast and furious film electrified with madcap energy, which heralds a strong new voice in American independent cinema. The Award for Best Canadian Film went to Matt Johnson's audacious and insightful meta-comedy THE DIRTIES.
The 2014 poster, designed by Alex De Bonis