Ferguson Film Prize

Together with the family of Kate Ferguson, the Screenwave International Film Festival is proud to present the 2023 Ferguson Film Prize, an Australian film award supporting new and rising voices in Australian cinema, presented during SWIFF’23 (April 20 – May 5, Coffs Coast). 

The Ferguson Film Prize is SWIFF’s national film award for directing, recognising debut or sophomore feature film directors who exhibit captivating, daring, and ambitious storytelling. The winner of the Ferguson Film Prize will be selected by the FFP 2023 Jury, and will receive a $3,000 personal cash prize and a personalised trophy. The winner will be announced at the SWIFF’23 Closing Night Gala.


Spencer Frost & Guy Williment - Corners of the Earth Kamchatka

Goran Stolevski - Of An Age, You Won't Be Alone

Laurence Billiet, Rachel Antony - The Giants

Luke Cornish - Keep Stepping

Sari Braithwaite - Because We Have Each Other

Jennifer Ross - Age of Rage: The Australian Punk Revolution

Matty Hannon - The Road to Patagonia

Bruce Gladwin - Shadow

Hannah Barlowe & Kane Senes - Sissy


The inaugural Ferguson Film Prize in 2022 was awarded to director Emma Macey-Storch, for her documentary Geeta.

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