Winners of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 2016


We present the winners of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival that took place from May 5th – June 8th, in various cities around Australia.

Impact Award

Chassing AsylumChasing Asylum by Eva Orner – Australia | 2016 – 96 min.

Globally, there is no more urgent issue than the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. Chasing Asylum – created by Academy Award-winning Australian director Eva Orner – is an ambitious, moving and confronting documentary that explores this issue in-depth. The film features never-before-seen footage of off-shore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, revealing the conditions asylum seekers are living in.

Right now, there are 60 million displaced people in the world – that’s one in every 122 humans that are either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. Chasing Asylum is an important documentary that brings to light the human impact of this global issue.


Audience Award

Chassing AsylumChasing Asylum by Eva Orner – Australia | 2016 – 96 min.

Best International Short Award

the-face-of-ukraineThe Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul by Kitty Green – Australia | 2014 – 7 min.

Portrait of a war-torn generation, a group of girls from Ukraine audition to play the role of gold-winning figure skater Oksana Baiul whose onscreen tears of joy once united their country.


Best Australian Short Award

BlueyBluey by Tasia Zalar– Australia | 2015 – 13 min.

Bluey, an angry young woman trapped in a life of violence, meets a mentor who could change everything. Bluey is about the fight for survival.

Audience Award Australian Short Winner

nowhere-linesNowhere Lines: Voices from Manus Island by Lucas Schrank – Australia | 2015 – 16 min.

An animated documentary, which tells the personal stories of two men currently detained on Australia’s notorious Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre.


To know more about this festival please visit the FESTIVAL PROFILE or go to the official webpage HERE.

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