The Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards celebrate and acknowledge the diversity, professionalism and exceptional quality of work in this year's festival.
Creative Producer Emily Sexton said "Melbourne Fringe represents the diversity, ambition and bravery of our wonderful independent arts scene, and our 2009 Festival has showcased the fantastic state of affairs in our sector."
"Taken as a whole, our award winners capture current trends of contemporary practice, push these concepts further, and shine a light on where we are headed as a culture. They're as much a statement of future Fringe Festivals as they are a celebration of the current year."
FULL LIST OF WINNERS - 2009 MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL AWARDS :: CATEGORY AWARDS :: Presented by Emily Sexton, Creative Producer and Beau McCafferty, Independent Program Producer
Best Cabaret WINNER: When the Sex is Gone, by Tommy Bradson and Jacqueline Morton
Best Circus WINNER: Operation, by Trick Circus
Best Comedy WINNER: Monster of the Deep 3D, by Claudia O'Doherty
Best Dance WINNER: Six Women Standing in Front of a White Wall, by Little Dove Theatre Art
Best Live Art WINNER: En Route, by the Betty Booke
Best Music WINNER: Aurland, by Michelle Whelan
Best Performance WINNER: Candy Bowers in Who's That Chik?
Best School Holiday Program WINNER: Bubblewrap and Boxes by Asking For Trouble
Best Special Event WINNER: Roarhouse - Inside Out
Best Visual Arts WINNER: 'The Lure of Echo', by Sarah Duyshart
Best Venue WINNER: Dancing Dog Theatre, Footscray
Fringe Dwellers People's Choice Award WINNER: Copernicus, by Transit Theatre WINNER: A Tiny Chorus, by Elbow Room and Denim Jean
:: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS ::
ACAPTA Award - presented by Sue Broadway and last years‚ winner Farhad Ahadi WINNER: Mitchell Jones AWARD: Membership to ACAPTA for a year and participation in the 10 day La Fura workshop valued at $750.
Adelaide Fringe Awards: the Freshest of the Fresh! presented by Melanie Burge WINNER: Yuri Wells, with Benedict Hardie, Stuart Bowden, Anne-Louise Sarks WINNER: En Route, by the Betty Booke AWARD: Both winners receive FREE registration for the 2010 Adelaide Fringe: Friday 19 February - Sunday 14 March and presentation assistance to the value of $2,000.
Auspicious Arts Award for Best Emerging Producer - presented by John Paul Fischbach WINNER: Stephanie Brotchie (Vigilantelope: Tale of the Golden Lease) AWARD: One term in the Auspicious Arts Incubator, worth $1200.
Brisbane Comedy Festival Award - presented by Sarah Neal WINNER: Monster of the Deep 3D, by Claudia O'Doherty AWARD: Entry into the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2010 and presentation support including $2000 to go toward flights, accommodation and remounting costs.
Circus Oz Award - presented by Mike Finch WINNER: Jess Love AWARD: Two weeks training with Artistic Director Mike Finch
Falls Festival Award - presented by Ian Pidd WINNER: Letters to Isaac, by Small Chance Theatre AWARD: The recipient receives $1000 cash prize and the ppportunity to remount and present their work as a paid artist at the Falls Festival and access for artist/organisation to the 2009 event in Lorne.
Gasworks Award - presented by Crusader Hillis WINNER: Six Women Standing in Front of a White Wall, by Little Dove Theatre Art AWARD: Use of Gasworks; either one week in the theatre or three weeks in the studio for development or presentation (in-kind value of $3,000).
Kultour Tour Development Award - presented by Jeremy Gaden WINNER: Attract/Repel, by the Melbourne Town Players AWARD: 5 hours of mentoring meetings with Kultour staff to assist in the development of a Kultour application for the touring of a body of work and $500 cash prize as encouragement donated by Kultour.
Melbourne Airport Award for Best Newcomer - presented by Claire Fitzgerald WINNER: Tommy Bradson for When the Sex is Gone AWARD: $5000 towards flights and accommodation to an international arts festival or professional development opportunity.
Melbourne Cabaret Festival Award - presented by David Read WINNER: In Search of Atlantis AWARD: Double gold pass to all shows in the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, 22-25 July 2010, www.melbournecabaret.com, participation in a professional development cabaret workshop to be held as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, and twenty hours use of The Butterfly Club showroom for development.
Melbourne Dramatists‚ New Writing Award, supported by the Melbourne Theatre Company - presented by Amelia Roper, Bryan Davidson Blue, Alison Mann, Carly Nugent and David Mence WINNER: Tom Holloway for his script And No More Shall We Part AWARD: $250 Cash, mentorship with Melbourne Dramatists, tickets to Opening Night performances at the MTC for 2010.
The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development (Faculty of VCA and Music, University of Melbourne) Award for Indigenous Fringe Artist of the Year - presented by Michelle Evans and Sam Cook WINNER: Naretha Williams, for Earth, Fire, Rain, Wind. AWARD: Faculty of the VCA and Music Short Course of the winner's choice, tickets to chosen art form performance/exhibition/screening at the 2010 Faculty of the VCA and Music season of work.