Adelaide Film Festival winners: ‘art can become a weapon’

A lively group of jurors reached into the heart of Australian creativity and out to an arthouse stunner from Georgia to find their winners for 2020.

The Adelaide Film Festival announced its 2020 prize winners on Monday October 19. The $10,000 cash prize for fiction was given to the Georgian director Déa Kulumbegashvili for Beginning.

Her debut feature is having a stellar career on the festival circuit. It was (symbolically) selected for the Official Program at Cannes 2020, and screened at Toronto to win the FIPRESCI Critics prize. The San Sebastian International Film Festival awarded it the Golden Shell for Best Film. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.