WIFT Member Wins Madman

Posted Tuesday 04 Aug 2015

Congratulations to WIFT member Alyx Duncan who won The Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at NZIFF 2015 for The Tide Keeper, which she directed and wrote.  The jury's citation congratulated her for her singular personal vision and technical assurance, Alyx will take home a cash prize of $5,000.

The jury selected Michael Jonathan, director of the film Ow What!, for the Wallace Friends of the Civic Award for its originality and authenticity. The filmmaker receives a prize of $3,000 cash.

A special jury of cinematographers selected Grant McKinnon, cinematographer for Not Like Her as the winner of the inaugural Allen Guilford Cinematography Award from the New Zealand Cinematographers Society (NZCS), a prize that includes a cash prize of $2,000.

And the 2015 Audience Award, which will take home 25% of the box office takings from the screenings in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch, was awarded to Madam Black director Ivan Barge.

The three judges were New Zealand producer Fiona Copland, Australian photographer and performer William Yang and representative for Madman Entertainment, Michael Eldred.

Guest selector and filmmaker Christine Jeffs selected the six finalists from a shortlist of 12. NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 75 entries to prepare the shortlist. 

Congratulations to this year's winners and especially Alyx,  and all the finalists.

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And the winner is.... (1)

Posted Tuesday 04 Aug 2015

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce Maria Ines Manchego as the recipient of the JC CineFem Scholarship. Announced in April in conjunction with the NZFC's new gender policy, the JC CineFem Scholarship is the first annual scholarship for a female screen practitioner. Supported by Jane Campion, the  scholarship is for a female cinematographer.

Twenty-five applications for the scholarship were received and a shortlist of eight was selected by a panel of experienced cinematographers Ginny Loane, Mairi Gunn and Richard Bluck. The decision to recommend Manchego for the scholarship was unanimous.

Manchego was the cinematographer on two films by Florian Habicht, Love Story and  Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets.

"The scholarship was initially designed to be a year-long mentorship with the recipient's cinematographer of choice," says Professional Development Executive, Bonnie Slater.  "But during the interview process, Maria mentioned she was one year into the prestigious two-year Masters in Cinematography programme at the American Film Institute.  She was about to withdraw from the second year due to the fees and the panel was interested in exploring whether the scholarship would be better used to contribute to Maria continuing the AFI course.

"Both Jane Campion and the panel felt that completing this programme would allow Maria numerous opportunities to work alongside high-calibre mentors, create an extensive portfolio and achieve an internationally recognised qualification."

While this is a departure from what was initially proposed, all parties agree this is the best way to support Manchego's career and, in a step which largely fulfils the original criteria, Campion has offered Manchego an intern role on an upcoming production to further extend her experience.  As the timing of this will need to work around Manchego's studies, details are yet to be confirmed.

A new scholarship will be introduced next year and will focus on a different area of the industry where female participation is low.  Feedback from industry guilds will be taken into consideration when deciding on future scholarship positions.