NZ Short Film Finalists Announced

Posted Thursday 05 Jun 2014

The six filmmakers whose short films were selected by Andrew Adamson to contend for the awards on this year's New Zealand's Short Film programme are out. It's a great programme, showcasing four from well-established short filmmakers alongside two from impressive NZIFF newcomers. Three of these films have already gained international attention.

The  New Zealand's Best programme will screen as part of 2014 NZIFF line-up. Attend a screening in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin or Christchurch and you'll be crowd-funding the Audience Award as audiences will be encouraged to vote for their favourite short.

The 2014 Audience Award winner in Auckland and Wellington will take away 25% of the box office from the Festival screenings in the four main centres. NZIFF have been delighted by the popularity of this contest over the last two years, and look forward to some lively screenings in 2014.

The films will compete for four cash prizes, with winners to be announced at the closing night event of the Auckland leg of NZIFF. The six finalists are Cold Snap(dir: Leo Woodhead), Eleven (dir: Abigail Greenwood), Over the Moon (dir: James Cunningham), Ross & Beth (dir: Hamish Bennett), School Night (dirs: Leon Wadham and Eli Kent) and U.F.O. (dir: Gregory King).



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And the Best Female Director Is-.

Posted Thursday 05 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.

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."