Posted Tuesday 03 Jun 2014
Gaylene Preston, in association with WIFT gives an award each year for Best Female Director at Rialto Channel 48HOURS Furious Filmmaking Festival. The Awards were presented on Friday night (May 30) and the winner of the Gaylene Preston Award for Best Female Director, in association with WIFT NZ is Georgia Agnew for her short "Human" produced by Wolfe Street Productions. http://youtube.com/watch?v=vzEIZsmW5f4
Georgia is a graduate of Otago University and is now studying at South Seas Film and Television School with the intention of becoming a director and screenwriter. This is a great start Georgia - maybe the $1,000 cash prize will kick-start another short! Wolfe Street was allocated the genre of Musical. Gala Georgette wrote the lyrics, sang the song and starred in the film.
Thank you Gaylene for your commitment to encouraging women to step up as directors. Gaylene judged the winner from finalists selected by a WIFT panel of Fiona Copland, Sophie Henderson and Teremoana Rapley. Of this year's more than 700 entries 6% (excluding school entries) were directed by women! Gaylene says:
"I have offered this cash award for the last five years in the Wellington region. Now with WIFT we have doubled the money and gone National. Great creative teams emerge from the Competition every year with directors who go on to make features and yet the stats for female directors entering the 48HOUR competition mirrors the international stats for feature filmmaking. 8% are directed by women. The 48HOUR Film Competition is a great space to try things out, build creative collaborators, tell crazy stories. There are no barricades to clamber over to enter. You can just do it."