18 June 2013 9:31 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Writer-director Kim Mordaunt.s debut film The Rocket was voted best narrative feature at the Sydney Film Festival in the Foxtel Movie Channels Audience Awards.

The award is a propitious sign in the lead-up to the Lao-set film.s premiere on August 29. Sitthiphon Disamoe stars as Ahlo, a boy who enters a rocket festival competition to help save his poverty-stricken family after they are uprooted by the construction of a hydro-electric dam.

The gong for most popular documentary went to The Crossing, director Julian Harvey.s account of two young Aussies, Clark Carter and Chris Bray, who decide to cross a remote island in the Arctic for the hell of it.

The Rocket beat Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al Mansour.s Wadjda, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.s The Past, Belgian director Felix van Groeningen.s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Spanish director Pablo Berger.s Blancanieves.

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- Don Groves

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