Posted Monday 17 Nov 2014

Where would we be without the good folk at Trigger Marketing?  They have yet another giveaway especially for WIFT members...

YOU'RE NOT YOU is in NZ cinemas on December 4, Starring Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Emmy Rossum.

We have 5x double passes to giveaway

Just name the sport Hilary Swank had to get to grips with in her film Million Dollar Baby. Email your answer to with the answer in the subject line by 5 pm Friday 21 November. Winner only notifed.

About the film: YOU'RE NOT YOU tells the story of Kate (Hilary Swank), an accomplished woman in her 30s whose perfectly-ordered life is suddenly upended when she is diagnosed with the devastating and incurable disease ALS. Kate and her husband Evan (Josh Duhamel) must find a full time caregiver to help, and so they meet college student Bec (Emmy Rossum), who has impulsively answered their ad despite her complete lack of experience. Bec is chaos in motion--unable to commit to school, her relationships or her plans for the future. But Kate sees something special in Bec and hires her. Gradually, Kate inspires Bec not to throw her life away, while Bec helps Kate--literally and figuratively--to find her voice and finally live her life to the fullest - the way Kate truly wants. With equal measures of tears and laughter, "You're Not You" explores how these strangers - brought together by the most challenging circumstances - are able to unlock the best in each other.

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Posted Monday 17 Nov 2014

Big congratulations to WIFT member and 2010 WIFT Woman to Watch, Julia Parnell, and to WIFT member Jackie can Beek for picking up the big awards at the  Show Me Shorts Film Festival last week.

The top award went to Julia Parnell and Matthew Saville for their fantasy drama through the looking glass, Dive. This film is now eligible for entry into the 2016 Academy Awards�. Saville also took home the Final Draft Best Screenplay Award for Dive. The judges said "Matthew Saville's Dive is sweet�-souled, sharp�-witted and powerfully moving. It takes a simple idea and explores it with intelligence and excellent technique, and the results are not simple at all. Dive goes deep. It took our breath away."

The Best International Film Award went to Swiss filmmaker Marcel Barelli for Vigia (Lookout), an animated tale narrated by a grandfather telling his grandson about the importance of bees.

Actor Jackie van Beek was acknowledged for her performance in Uphill, which she also wrote and directed. In awarding the StarNow Best Actor Award, the judges said "Painfully truthful, full of heart, restraint and intelligence, Jackie's performance in Uphill is a truly classy piece of work. She tells a story of grief and the internal movement through the grief without ego or signposts. She allows us to enter her emotional landscape and gently lets us closer as the film progresses. Mature, beautiful, raw work from a terrific actress."

Judges awarded the NZFC Special Jury Prize to 'Queenie', saying "This is a gorgeous piece of animation. We felt it deserved a Special Jury Prize because of the wit and delight which was equally present in the script, voice work and animation. The animation itself was a complete delight, original and innovative. The rhythm, design and textures of the animation suited perfectly the soft comic irony of the story. This should be a series!"

Show Me Shorts now plays in 20 cinemas across New Zealand until 23 November.

During the festival, audiences can also vote for their favourite film to win the Wendy's People's Choice Award by filling out the festival survey in cinemas or on the Show Me Shorts website.

Pick up a brochure with the full Show Me Shorts 2014 programme from cinemas, cafes and libraries, or


Full list of award winners

Best Film Award: Julia Parnell and Matthew Saville, Dive

Best International Film Award: Marcel Barelli, Vigia (Lookout)

DEGNZ Best Director Award: Hamish Bennett, Ross & Beth

StarNow Best Actor Award: Jackie van Beek, Uphill

Final Draft Best Screenplay Award: Matthew Saville, Dive

Panavision Best Cinematographer Award: Ginny Loane, Helmut Makes a Quilt

Best Editor Award: Annie Collins, Eleven

Best Music Video: Alix Whittaker and THUNDERLIPS, Glare by Sheep, Dog & Wolf

NZFC Special Jury Prize: Paul Neason and Steffen Kreft, Queenie

Student Film, Notable Mention: Yarden Elyashiv, Bars and Tone

Wendy's People's Choice Award: Announced in December when audience votes are counted.