Posted Tuesday 20 Jan 2015
Tropfest New Zealand today announced the 16 gifted filmmakers whose films will screen to a live audience andjudging panel on Valentine's Day, February 14 at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth, Taranaki.
Big Congratulations to 5 WIFT members - Lisa Fothergill, Louise Hutt, Jaimee Poipoi, Angela da Silva, Maile Daugherty - check out their films below...
The final 16 short films include a diverse range of genres from mockumentary and comedy, to drama and animation. "For the third year in a row we've been blown away by the unique stories and amount of entries from across New Zealand" says the Trust Chief Executive Suzanne Porter.
"We're passionate about encouraging the creation of New Zealand films telling New Zealand stories and it's been astounding to see traction of this scale for a festival still in its formative years" Porter adds. "It really cements the necessity of Tropfest NZ on the annual festival scene as a launchpad for emerging filmmakers."
The judging panel for Tropfest NZ will comprise of industry professionals from around New Zealand whose identities will be revealed on the night. "We've again secured some film industry heavy weights as judges" Porter says.
The filmmakers will vie for First Prize, winning a five-day film immersion trip to LA, sponsored by the New Zealand Screen Association and Motion Picture Association. Tropfest NZ is also putting up a $10,000 cash prize to award the winner.
Cash prizes of $2500 will also be awarded to category winners for Best Actress, Best Actor, Te Tohu Auahatangi Maori Award, recognising outstanding creativity in Film by Maori (Sponsored by Nga Aho Whakaari and Te Puni Kokiri) as well Best Use of Visual Effects and Best Animated Film (sponsored by Yoobee School of Design).
The festival has historically been held on a Sunday night, however this year shows a move to the Saturday night, coinciding with Valentine's Day. "The men have got off easy this year" Porter adds "we've done all the planning for a perfect Valentine's night of short film viewing under the stars."
Last year Tropfest NZ attracted a crowd of over 8000, this year the festival office hopes the date change and increased profile will see over 10,000 people show up to view the finalist selection.
See the list and blurb below....
Director Bio: Allan was awarded the 'Top Film Student Award' by the Prime Minister at the SAE institute in Auckland in 2007. Since then he has worked on dozens of music videos for some of New Zealand's top artists. He currently works on The Crowd Goes Wild as a Camera Operator/Editor and Producer. This is Allan's third year as a Tropfest NZ film finalist.
Director & Producer: David Gunson - Auckland
Film logline: In the middle of 'No Man's Land', soldiers bring a wounded man home.
Director Bio: David is an Auckland based director/producer with an extensive collection of short film and music video credits and a Certificate in Independent Filmmaking from the Auckland Society of Arts. His 2008 short film 'Boots' won Best Film in the Maori TV ANZAC short film competition. He notes Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, David Lean, the Coen Brothers and Ben Wheatley as inspiring filmmakers.
Director: Gabriel Reid - Auckland
Producer: Gabriel Reid & Maile Daugherty
Film logline: Life is full of ups and Downs - but every moment counts.
Director Bio: Prior to this Tropfest entry, Gabriel directed the short film 'As Dreams Are Made On' (2004). He has worked in various capacities on a range of film and television projects. As an actor, he's appeared in Outrageous Fortune, Street Legal and Shortland Street and has also worked as an assistant director on such projects as The Chronicles of Narnia. While actively developing a slate of film projects, Gabriel contracts his services as a director and promo producer, primarily to TVNZ. He has worked in various roles on assorted film and television projects, both in front of and behind the camera. Gabriel hopes to produce dramas, thrillers and comedies, including rom-coms and musicals.
Director: Charlie Bleakley - Wellington
Producer: Alex Clarke
Film logline: A lime dressed idiot helps a woman break into her locked car with a baby inside only to be surprised by the consequences.
Director Bio: Charlie is a Wellington based filmmaker who currently works at IBC Films. His short film 'Coconut' was selected nominated for 2 Moa NZ Film Awards and won the Show Me Shorts Audience Award in 2014. Charlie admits to being fond of comedy and science fiction single shot long scenes from the likes of David Lean, Steve McQueen and Steven Spielberg.
Producer: Melissa Bamford
Film logline: In search of her true path, Karla converses with the characters that make up Auckland's most unique road.
Directors Bio: Bertrand immigrated to New Zealand from France three years ago after completing an Audiovisual Communication degree at the University of Nanterre in Paris specialising in editing and directing. Melissa was born in Switzerland to a French mother and Kiwi father. Melissa has a Bachelor of Journalism from Monash University in Melbourne and spent 10 years living and working abroad in Australia in Paris. Melissa currently works for Media Blanco as a Producer with aspirations to focus on documentary and feature films.
Director & Producer: David Jurakovich - Auckland
Film logline: The future is the past and something needs to change.
Director Bio: David has worked as a freelance camera operator. He has a National Certificate in Film and Television (2008) and an extramural Diploma in Digital Film (2012) from the Southern Institute of Technology. His film interests include those that are inspirational and thought provoking films; anything that delves into the human psyche or questions who and what we are.
Director: Steven Aroha McNicholl - Auckland
Producer: Kennedy Faimanifo
Film logline: An overactive imagination leads to trouble.
Director Bio: Steven first studied at South Seas Film & Television School gaining a Diploma in Film & TV, Cinematography and Film/Video Production in 1996. Since then he has completed a Diploma in Photography at Massey University, a certificate in Freelance Journalism & non-fiction writing at the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies, a Diploma in Advanced Animation at the ACG Yoobee School of Design, and is currently studying towards a Diploma in 3D Graphics at the ACG Yoobee School of Design. For Steven's finalist film 'Egg', his key responsibilities included directing/producing, DOP, editing, digital modelling, texturing, creature concepts and digital sculpting.
All the films entered into Tropfest NZ are seven minutes or less and must contain the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), which in 2015 is 'WIRE'.
Tropfest is free to attend but a gold coin donation can be made on the night.
For more information please contact:
Cleo Wood - Festival Coordinator
+64 27 300 8124
Suzanne Porter - CEO
+ 64 27 207 2316