Loading Docs Launches for 2014

Posted Monday 19 May 2014

Loading Docs is launching ten distinctive and original three-minute documentary shorts from Aotearoa New Zealand on 27 May 2014.

Following the premiere screening at Auckland's Academy Cinemas, all ten films will be available to view and share on the Loading Docs website ( www.loadingdocs.net).

Representing a diverse range of subjects and filmmaking styles, the films all explore unique aspects of 'home' and showcase the filmmaking talents of some of New Zealand's finest filmmakers including WIFT members Zoe McIntosh, Prisca Bouchet, Robyn Paterson and Kirsty Griffin.

Aidee Walker and Alexander Gandar ( Catkiller)
Joel Kefali and Amber Easby (Dans )
Andrew Scott ( Homing)
Zoe McIntosh ( Living Like Kings)
Robyn Paterson and Paula Boock ( Queer Selfies)
Greg Jennings and Jack Nicol ( Stop/Go)
Alex Sutherland and Rebekah Kelly ( The Jump)
Tim Worrall and Aaron Smart ( The Road to Whakarae)
Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow ( Today)
Kirsty Griffin and Vivienne Kernick ( Wayne)

Loading Docs producers Anna Jackson and Julia Parnell chose a three-minute format for the documentaries because they wanted the films to be easily viewed and shared online and on mobile devices where viewers favour short form content.

"The three-minute format presented our filmmakers with a really tough challenge, but it also pushed them to be creative and original in their approach to documentary storytelling", says Loading Docs producer Julia Parnell.

"The result is ten remarkable short films that will capture viewers' attention and imagination. Even though the films are very short they still have the power to move, entertain, challenge and inspire".

From funding to production and distribution, Loading Docs is an initiative that aims to take risks, encourage innovation and boldly pursue new opportunities for filmmakers in a rapidly changing media landscape.

"In the process of making their Loading Docs films, our filmmakers have successfully explored crowdfunding through PledgeMe, increased their awareness of tools for outreach and promotion and honed their filmmaking skills in a new short format" says Loading Docs producer Anna Jackson.

The films will be freely available from 27 May at www.loadingdocs.net and the producers of Loading Docs would like to see the films shared widely, both locally and internationally.

"We hope all New Zealanders will show their support for our talented local filmmakers by sharing their favourite Loading Docs films with the world".

Loading Docs is a Notable Pictures initiative, produced by Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson, and funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air's Ignite Digital Media Fund.

Learn more about Loading Docs and view the films at www.loadingdocs.net .

Loading Docs launches 10 incredible three-minute shorts on 27 May.
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The 2014 WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award recipient is-.

Posted Monday 19 May 2014

Representatives from Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NZ and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc. are proud to announce that the 2014 WIFT Mana Wahine Award will be presented to Kay Ellmers at the Gala Festival Awards at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, on Saturday May 31.

The 2014 WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award recipient is one of New Zealand's most experienced documentary makers, Kay Ellmers (Ngati Tamateraa/Ngati Raukawa)

The judging panel were impressed with the range and purpose of the award winning documentaries and programmes Kay has initiated through her production company Tumanako Productions and in collaboration with other producers. She is a prolific multi-tasker having variously taken writing, directing and producing credits on projects commissioned across all three free to air channels.

She has also served as Deputy Chair of Nga Aho Whakaari. Documentaries such as He Toki Huna, Canvassing the Treaty and Polynesian Panthers reveal her interest and concern for exploring and illuminating issues affecting the well-being of New Zealand. Whanau, Powhiri - Welcome or Not, The Trouble with Words and Hikoi; Inside Out further demonstrate her "support and promotion of Maori culture, Te Reo Maori, Tikanga and the Welfare and Stories of Aoteroa Wahine."

Tickets for the Awards Gala and Film Festival can be booked at Eventfinder - Gala Awards $45 and Festival Pass $100:


The documentary HE TOKI HUNA NZ IN AFGHANISTAN will screen at the festival on Sunday Morning June 1 at 10.30 a.m., with both Kay Ellmers and Annie Goldson, co-directors, present:


The Wairoa Maori Film Festival this year has 14 screenings and over 50 films, including documentaries, shorts and feature drama. Guests in attendance include international film makers from Hawaii, Tahiti, USA and Poland. Screenings are in Kahungunu Marae, famed for featuring in scenes of John O'Shea's BROKEN BARRIER in 1955. Opening night is a special preview of THE DARKSIDE by Warwick Thornton, presented in association with the New Zealand International Film Festival. Closing night is "Bush Cinema," underground shorts at the Morere School Hall with the hot springs open until late. Check out the entire programme at: www.kiaora.tv