toronto international film festival
adelaide film festival
hawaii international film festival
gold coast film festival
zlin film festival
sydney film festival
melbourne film festival
Cinefest festival
Brisbane festival
Heart of Gold festival
Hamburg festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival- Discovery Program 2018
    Nominated for the Grolsch People’s Choice Awards
  • Adelaide Film Festival 2018
    Nominated University of SA Feature Fiction Competition
  • Hawaii International Film Festival 2018- Pacific Showcase
    Nominated for a NETPAC Award for Best Asian Pacific Film
  • Gold Coast Film Festival 2019
    Winner of the PKF Best Australian Independent Film Award- Peer Award
  • 59th Zlin Children’s Film Festival, Czech Republic 2019
  • Sydney Film Festival 2019
  • Vision Splendid Film Festival, Winton 2019
  • Melbourne International Film
    Nominated for the Age Critics Award
  • Cine Fest OZ Film Festival 2019
  • Darwin International Film Festival 2019
  • Brisbane International Film Festival 2019
  • Heart of Gold Film Festival 2019
  • MICHEL Kinder und Jugend Filmfest Hamburg 2019
    Nominated for Michel Award for Best Children’s Film
  • 43rd São Paulo International Film Festival 2019, Brazil
  • Cine Magic Belfast International Film & TV Festival for Young People 2019
  • CASA Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2019
  • North Western Film Festival 2019, Inverell NSW
  • 37. Ale Kino International Film Festival for Young Audiences 2019, Poznan, Poland
  • Cine Junior Film Festival 2020, Paris, France
  • Festival Sinema Australian Indonesia 2020, Jakarta & Lombok, Indonesia
  • The Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2020, Australia

The film is so beautifully made – deceptively simple and yet with so many resonant layers of
meaning. The photography is beautiful, and the script is spare, making every word
meaningful. Rhae-Kye Waites as Gem is amazing – I’ve not been able to get her performance
out of my mind.
-Jane Schoettle, International Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival

Emu Runner is an incredibly special and multi-layered film. At its surface, it is a
heartwarming and gentle family film with the infectiously charming new young talent in
Rhae-Kye Waites, while providing an insightful commentary on contemporary Australia and
the disconnect between the hearts of community and the impassionate mechanics of
-Amanda Duthie, 2018 Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Artistic Director