The Coffee Man wins Best Australian Documentary

The Coffee Man film has won Best Australian Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Festival.

More than 60 films from around the world featured in the festival which celebrates independent documentary filmmaking from 9 – 11 July.

In addition to receiving the accolade on 11 July, The Coffee Man’s Jeff Hann of Jeraff Productions also received an honourable mention in the Best Director category.

“It was very cool to receive our first award in our home town of Melbourne at a great local festival,” Film Producer Roland Fraval said.

“We were very close to being a multi-award winning film, but we’re pretty happy with owning the ‘award-winning’ film title as it is,” Roland said.

What’s more, The Coffee Man is now officially recognised on authoritative cinema database IMDb.

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is Australia’s first competitive documentary film festival, not to be confused with the Melbourne International Film Festival, that provides a public forum and supportive platform to allow emerging filmmakers to showcase their work.

The Coffee Man explores the world of specialty coffee and the lengths 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic went to in pursuit of the World Barista Championship (WBC) title in Seattle, United States.

The movie sees Sasa trekking across the globe from Ethiopia to Colombia to Seattle, searching for the best beans, smuggling milk into the US, and outclassing almost 52 competitors on the world competition stage.

Filmmakers Jeff and Roland merely intended to document how far one person would go to source the perfect cup of coffee. However, their film took an interesting new direction once Sasa won the Australia Barista Championship and then went on to win the WBC.

The Coffee Man made its world premiere in Australia on 18 May. It is released nationally to cinemas via Tugg.

A screening of The Coffee Man Film will take place on 10 August at Big Screen Cinemas Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. To purchase tickets to the event, visit www.tugg.com.au/thecoffeeman

For more information and to learn how to host your own screening of this “award-winning” movie, visit www.thecoffeemanfilm.com

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