Australian film "The Rocket" has won an Audience Award for World Cinema at the American Film Institute Festival, which has boosted the film's chance of winning the Academy Award.
The film is competing against a record high 76 other foreign language films for the Oscar nomination, though director Kim Mordaunt and producer Sylvia Wilczynski should feel optimistic, their film has won top prizes at festivals all over the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Tribeca, Berlin, New York, Calgary and Taiwan. Mourdaunt also won the Award for Best Screenplay at the Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE Awards.
In another great achievement, "The Rocket" has been selected to join seven other films at Sundance's "Film Forward" program, an international touring initiative that will take the film and its filmmakers to four U.S. cities and four international locations.
Filmmakers participate in screenings, extended Q&As, workshops, and master classes at universities, film and cultural centers, museums, libraries and other community, educational, and cultural venues, cultivating engaged dialogue, fostering appreciation of other viewpoints, and developing new audiences for independent film.
"The Rocket" tells the story of a boy who is believed to bring bad luck. He leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, to prove he’s not cursed, he builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® will be announced 16 January 2014.
Good luck to the whole team!