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1 October 2015

Victorian production Putuparri And The Rainmakers has won Australia's richest film prize.

Directed and produced by Nicole Ma, and produced by John Moore, Putuparri recently won the CinéfestOZ Film Prize, worth $100,000.

Starring Tom Lawford and Sylvestor Rangie and set against the backdrop of Australia's tangled colonial and Indigenous history, the film explores one man's struggle to fulfil his destiny.

The documentary was made with support from Film Victoria's Assigned Production Investment program and the MIFF Premiere Fund, and screened at Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2015.

CinéfestOZ received more than thirty submissions for the prize, with the winner decided by a jury of five esteemed members of the film industry: Jury Chair David Wenham was joined by Sarah Snook, Wayne Blair, Liz Kearney and Annie Murtagh Monks.

"Putuparri And The Rainmakers had a story and characters that were so compelling and emotionally engaging," said Wenham. "This story was told in such a way that it reinforced the power of cinema to entertain, touch us deeply and stay with us forever."

Putuparri and the Rainmakers will open at Cinema Nova, Melbourne on Thursday 1 October. A Q&A with filmmaker Nicole Ma will follow screenings on 1 and 2 October.

Head to Cinema Nova for details