An SBS comedy series about a talking dog has won two of the top television gongs at the AFI Industry Awards in Melbourne.
Comedy series Wilfred took out the awards for best television comedy series, as well as best performance in a television comedy for its star Adam Zwar, at a gala ceremony at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre last night.
Wilfred, which was nominated for four awards, is about an arrogant and insecure dog which develops a grudge against his owner's new boyfriend Adam, played by Zwar.
Director Tony Rogers said he and Wilfred creators Zwar and Jason Gann thought they had struck upon a good idea but never dreamed it would be so successful.
“I thought we had a pretty good idea when we first started out and … you hope people will like what you find interesting,” Rogers told AAP recently.
“People in the industry, I think, really like it.
“The industry seems to be quite excited about the show.”
Home Song Stories takes trophies
The other big winner of the night was Tony Ayres' semi-autobiographic film The Home Song Stories, which picked up five awards for cinematography, editing, original music score, production design and costume design.
The ceremony was hosted by Academy Award-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush and awards were presented by actors Alan Dale, Gia Carides, Emma Booth, Brendan Cowell, Sibylla Budd, Emily Barclay and Sophie Monk.
Director Matt Saville was recognised for his work on The King, about the life of Graham Kennedy, receiving the gong for best direction in television.
Fittingly, Saville's debut feature film Noise scored the best sound award for Emma Bortignon, Doron Kipen and Philippe Decrausaz.
Acclaimed editor Jill Bilcock, whose films include Muriel's Wedding, Elizabeth and Moulin Rouge!, was presented with the international award for excellence in filmmaking for her superior contribution to the craft.
The AFI award for visual effects went to Andrew Hellen, Dave Morley, Jason Bath and John Cox for the killer crocodile horror flick Rogue.
SBS music quiz show RocKwiz picked up the award for best light entertainment television series.
ABC union drama Bastard Boys earned writer Sue Smith the award for best screenplay in television.
The ABC last month announced it would boycott the awards this year because it said the AFI had downgraded the role of television by splitting the ceremony over two nights.
However, Smith, who is not a direct employee of the national broadcaster, did attend to collect her award.
Twenty-three awards were handed out across a range of industry categories.
The rest of the awards will be handed out at the AFI Awards dinner tomorrow night at exhibition centre, when some of Australia's biggest stars, including Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana and Anthony LaPaglia are expected to help celebrate the Australian screen industry's night of nights.