2017 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards (The Moas)
Nominated for Best Film: The Rehearsal

2017 Australian Film Critics Association Awards
Best Documentary: Sherpa

2016 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
Best Feature Documentary: Sherpa

2016 BAFTA Awards
Nominated for Best Documentary: Sherpa

2015 London Film Festival
Grierson Award for Documentary Film: Sherpa

2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards
Nominated for Best Feature-Length Documentary: Sherpa

2015 Sydney Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary: Sherpa

2015 Melbourne International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary: Sherpa

2015 Sydney Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary: Sherpa

2015 Philadelphia Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature: Sherpa

2005 Australian Film Institute Awards
Best Film: Look Both Ways

2005 Inside Film Awards (Australia)
Nominated for Best Feature Film (with Sarah Watt): Look Both Ways

1996 Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)
Silver Leopard (joint second prize): Floating Life

1992 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for Palme d'Or (top prize): for Crush

1992 Independent Spirit Awards (United States)
Best Foreign Film: An Angel at my Table

1990 Venice Film Festival
Grand Special Jury Prize (second prize), the Elvira Notari Prize, Agis Scuola Prize, and the OCIC Catholic award: An Angel at my Table 

1990 New Zealand Film Awards
Best Film: An Angel at My Table

1990 Toronto International Film Festival
International Critics' Award: An Angel at my Table

1990 Fantasporto - Oporto International Film Festival (Portugal)
Best Short Film: Kitchen Sink

1990 Golden Gate Awards (United States)
Special Jury Award (Short Narrative): Kitchen Sink

1990 Tampere International Short Film Festival (Finland)
Grand Prix (top prize): Kitchen Sink

1989 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for Palme d'Or for Best Short Film: for Kitchen Sink

1989 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Spain)
Best Short Film: Kitchen Sink

1989 Listener Film and Television Awards (New Zealand) 
Best Short Film: Kitchen Sink

1989 Sydney Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Short Film: Kitchen Sink

1989 Melbourne Film Festival
Certificate of Merit: Kitchen Sink

1988 Listener Television Awards 
Best Short Film: Talkback