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The Rocket wins LIFF27 Audience Award for Best Film

The 27th Leeds International Film Festival ended last week after 16 days packed with 318 films over 261 screenings, and an audience of 35,000. The Rocket was voted by Leeds 2013 audiences as overall favourite from 139 feature films, in a year in which Leeds International Film Festival’s programme has received its highest overall rating from audiences. The two feature films that were closest in the voting to The Rocket are both music documentaries, Filmage: The Story of Descendents / ALL and Revenge of the Mekons. The top ten winners in the LIFF27 Audience Award for Best Film are:

1. The Rocket
2. Filmage: The Story of Descendents / ALL
3. Revenge of the Mekons
4. Final Cut, Ladies & Gentlemen
5. Ghost Graduation
6. Mistaken for Strangers
7. Brothers Hypnotic
8. We are the Best!
9. Gravity
10. Sign Painters

Set against the lush backdrop of rural Laos, The Rocket is a spirited, fable-like family drama from Australia that tells the story of ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. After his village is displaced to make way for a massive dam, Ahlo escapes with his father and grandmother through the Laotian outback in search of a new home. Along the way, they come across a rocket festival with a competition that offers a lucrative, but dangerous, chance for a new beginning.

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