WIFT members scoop prizes at Doc Edge

Posted Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

Congratulations to WIFT members, Monica De Alwis, Prisca Bouchet and Robyn Paterson who scooped up most of the prizes at the Documentary Edge Awards on 18 April.

Monica and Prisca's feature debut, Pretty Brutal, about the challenging all-girl roller derby scene picked up Best NZ Feature Documentary, Best NZ Director, Best NZ Editing and Best NZ Cinematography. Kiwi director Robyn Paterson earned the Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker for her film Finding Mercy, another popular choice during this year's Auckland season. It will show in Wellington in May (check out the WIFT website for more info about Robyn in our profiles and screenings of Finding Mercy in Wellington in May.

Other women filmmakers were honoured, including Kathleen Mantel's documentary following the work of Joe Harawira in The Green Chain which picked up the Best NZ Short Documentary.

UK filmmaker Kim Longinotto was another big winner - the fragility of her documentary, Salma, earned her both Best International Director and Best International Feature Film.?Other winners included the story of Dr. Mohammad Jawal's work with victims of acid attacks, Saving Face, earning Best International Short Documentary while Ric Esther Bienstock's world premiere Tales from the Organ Trade earned a win in its programming category Sign of Times.

Ally Derks also received her award to a rapturous ovation from those in attendance as she collected the inaugural Documentary Edge International Super Hero award. Cited as one of the Documentary Edge Festival's biggest influences, Derks' participation this year charted another milestone in the international significance the Documentary Edge Festival is creating across the world.

For a full list of award winners and screenings locations go to www.documentaryedge.org.nz

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WiFT member picks up script award

Posted Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

Congratulations to April Phillips of Wellington, who has won a feature film script assessment for As Seen on TV. The award, which comes through the NZ Writer's Guild script reader service is valued at $368. April is thrilled and is looking forward to seeing her script advance further. The treatment competition is organised to reflect the importance of well-written short documents to support feature film scripts, particularly when applying for funding. NZWG's next competition will be the 'Unproduced Feature Film Script', and further details and a call for entries will go out Monday 20 May, with entries due by Friday 21 June. The winner is announced at the annual SWANZ awards, and receives $500 in prize money.

April's talents don't stop at writing winning scripts. She has just acted in a short film she wrote, Letter For Hope. The film was shot in Wellington over March/April and directed by fellow WIFT member, Raquel Roderick.  It was executive produced by Cas'n'Ova Productions and co-produced by Treetop Productions and Godiva Productions Limited.  It is now in post production.  See here for more information www.letterforhope.com and keep an eye on the WIFT website for screening times and locations once it's a wrap.