02 Sep H is for Happiness wins $100,000 CinefestOZ prize
marshalls+dent+wilmoth lawyers congratulates H is for Happiness on winning the 2019 CinefestOZ Film Festival prize, which was announced at a gala night in Western Australia on Saturday 31 August.
The CinefestOZ Film Prize is in its sixth year, and awards excellence in Australiana filmmaking. With $100,000 of prize money on offer, it is Australia’s richest film prize.
H is for Happiness is the feature debut of director John Sheedy, and was produced by Julie Ryan, Tenille Kennedy and Lisa Hoppe. The film is based on the award-winning novel My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg, and tells the heart-warming story of an optimistic 12-year-old determined to bring her family back from the brink of estrangement.
The film beat out stiff competition from the other nominated films, GO!, Hearts and Bones, Judy & Punch and the Melbourne-made Measure for Measure (on which marshalls+dent+wilmoth lawyers also provided legal services).