Robin Laing's report from Tropfest

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

"WIFT was also well represented behind the scenes with Catherine Fitzgerald working as a pre-selection judge and Katie Wolfe and ex-pat WIFT member Sara Wiseman, sitting on the final judging panel. Congratulations to New Plymouth on having secured this prestigious short film competition and festival - and to the people of New Plymouth for turning out in droves (all 8000 of them) to support the event.

Congratulations to the organisers for hosting and managing such a successful event with a high standard of presentation. And congratulations to the filmmakers whose entries set such a high standard for the future, and especially to local winner Dave Smith whose Cappuccino Tango was a crowd favourite. This event is open to all: experienced filmmakers as well as newcomers. There are cash prizes and an instant audience of thousands for the films that reach the finals. Come on WIFTERs - there's no excuse, you've got a year to deliver. Check out the website for conditions and get going."

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WIFT makes mark at Tropfest

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

A Kiwi Legend, produced by new comer and new WIFT  member Tess Novak has won the  Tropfest NZ 2013 Viewer's Choice Award.  The inaugural festival was held in New Plymouth on January 26th .

See it here on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoDSnID-L0I

Novak says the film has had over 7000 views so far. "It's fantastic to see it reach an audience beyond the amazing crowd on the night," she says.  At present Novak is marketing the film ("hundreds of emails!" and exploring possible submissions into other festivals.

She is also looking for a job, after graduating with Arts and Commerce degrees.

"I know it is extremely tricky to break into the industry and am not holding my breath! Should you hear of any internships/production assistant roles could you please keep me in mind? In saying that I would be happy to be the coffee girl if it meant an in!"

Novak wants to keep making short films, and she has a few scripts in development, but she would love to produce again and we wish her the best of luck.  You can contact Tess at

tess.novak@hotmail.com