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AFC lauds Indigenous film-maker's Berlin success

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 18 February 2005

An Indigenous film-maker's prize-winning efforts at the Berlin Film Festival will give the whole industry in Australia a boost, the Australian Film Commission (AFC) says.

Warwick Thornton's film "Green Bush" centres on a disc jockey at an Aboriginal radio station in central Australia.

It has won the prize for Best Short Film in the 'Panorama' section at the festival.

The manager of the AFC's Indigenous Unit, Sally Riley, says the Berlin events is one of the world's top three festivals, behind the Cannes and Sundance festivals.

"The section that Warwick was in was the 'Panorama' section and it's a section that's looking for excellence in film-making and innovation," she said.

"It's a really prestigious section to get into but then to win Best Short Film in that section is just amazing and the whole world will take notice of this film now."

Ms Riley says Thornton's win will inspire a wide range of people.

"It's good for people to have role models," Ms Riley said.

"It'll give the Australian film industry a boost because people are saying we're in such a doldrum at the moment ... it's great for our Indigenous film-makers to have role models and something to aspire to."

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