Freshest Talent from French Film in Town

Posted Monday 02 Mar 2015

The Alliance Fran�aise French Film Festival celebrates The Stars of Tomorrow� and announces another special guest!

The Stars of Tomorrow is also a way to enrich the local New Zealand film-going community, by showcasing the freshest talent from France and their respective projects. Q+A sessions and special events will be organized around selected screenings to give festival spectators an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the project was put together and how the artistic vision became a reality.

The 2015 Star of Tomorrow:

Hot off the success of her recent premi�re at the Vancouver International Film Festival, first-time feature filmmaker Julie Georgia Bernard will showcase her documentary  Handmade with Love in France during the Alliance Fran�aise French Film Festival 2015 in New Zealand.

Handmade with Love in France is a riveting documentary celebrating the Parisian artisans who create haute couture outfits for the likes of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel, and explores what happens when their workshops begin to close their doors. New Zealand Herald's Viva Magazine has already called it, "The best film at this year's French Film Festival."

"I love New Zealand," says Bernard, "and it would be such an honour if you like my film."

The details:

Julie Georgia Bernard will travel to New Zealand in late March 2015 to promote Handmade with Love in France. She will present a Q+A after the Wellington premiere of the film on Sunday 22 March at 2:00pm at the Embassy Theatre. Early booking strongly recommended. More details of her tour will be announced shortly via the festival's official website, www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz

The ninth annual Alliance Fran�aise French Film Festival launches its two month national tour tonight in Auckland. For more information about the festival, please visit www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz . I

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Show Me Shorts tours NZ films to Canada

Posted Monday 02 Mar 2015

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A selection of New Zealand short films will screen at the prestigious REGARD International Film Festival in Canada this month. Gina Dellabarca, director of Show Me Shorts Film Festival, will attend as a special guest of the festival and present the selection of seven short films she has curated. WIFT member Jackie van Beek's film Uphill has been chosen.

REGARD is considered one of the top five film festivals in Canada. This is the 19th edition of REGARD, which runs from 11-15 March. Dellabarca will introduce the New Zealand short films screening in a special section of the programme called Carte Blanche on 13 March.

"REGARD is always looking for talent and new projects. That's why we are now pleased to mark the tenth anniversary of Show Me Shorts, presenting this selection to our audience here, who are already very curious about it. Several bridges exist between Quebec and New Zealand cinema: small and lively, these two industries are able to create great works. We are really excited to present these original short films that will mostly be screened for the first time in Canada and which offer a window on the quality of New Zealand cinema," says Melissa Bouchard, programming director at REGARD International Film Festival.

The films selected for screening at REGARD are: Coconut by Charlie Bleakley, Queenie by Paul Neason, Dive by Matthew Saville, Uphill by Jackie van Beek, In The Rubbish Tin by Riwia Brown, Eleven by Abigail Greenwood, and Ross and Beth by Hamish Bennett. "Finding an audience for your film is a crucial part of the filmmaking process," says van Beek. "It's fantastic that Show Me Shorts not only programmes and tours film in New Zealand but also identifies international opportunities for the works they select."

"This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with Canadians and further cement New Zealand's reputation as one of the top short film making countries in the world," says Dellabarca. "I will also be flying the flag as an ambassador for our local short film community at every opportunity."

Entries for Show Me Shorts 2015 are now open at www.showmeshorts.co.nz.

More information about REGARD and the special screening can be found here:  http://regardsurlecourt.com/programmation/#programmes-thematiques