Recipient of the award for Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute,1993.
After winning several awards for student films (1977-80) in the Western Australian Filmmaker’s Festival (Best Film; Best Script; Most Professional Film; Best Filmmaker of the Year), Rijavec worked as a film editor in Sydney and Perth and in 1984 was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Best Editing award for “How The West Was Lost”. In the mid-80s he wrote and directed the environmental documentaries “The Last Stand” (1986/SBS) and “Skin Of The Earth” (1988/SBS), followed by “Black Magic” (1987/ABC /GWN), a social/political history of Noongars in Australian Rules Football.
In 1987 he embarked on a 5 year journey with the Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma tribes of Roebourne to make “Exile And The Kingdom” which was awarded the MajorMedia Peace Award by the United Nations Association of Australia with the Council For Aboriginal Reconciliation (1994). This was followed by the award for Best Documentary and Best Achievement in Sound in the Australian Film Institute Awards; Best Documentary Louis St John Johnson Media Awards (1994); and the Australian Human Rights Award for Best Documentary (1994). EXILE was featured on ABC-TV as its 2 hour special commemorating the 1993 International Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Rijavec was awarded an Australian Film Commission Documentary Fellowship in 1998 and has served on the boards of the Film & Television Institute (1991-92) and Screenwest (1997-98).
Other writing/directing credits for television documentary include: “Requiem For A Generation Of Lost Souls” (ABC /1996), awarded Best Documentary, WA Film & Video Festival and Certificate of Merit , Social History,Chicago Film Festival; “The Habits Of New Norcia”(1999/SBS); “Irrepressible” (2002), awarded Ben Drayton State Award for Initiative in Aboriginal Education, WA; “A Million Acres A Year” (2003/SBS), awarded Best Documentary Science, Technology & Environment, ATOM Awards and Outstanding Achievement Award, Editing, WA Film & Video Festival.