It's awards season for WIFT Members

Posted Monday 23 Nov 2015

We're running out of headlines to cover all the WIFT members who have picked up awards in the last couple of weeks.

One of most hotly contested is the Show Me Shorts awards and we are so delighted and proud to tell you that the Oscar�-accredited Lightbox Best Film Award was awarded to WIFT member Alyx Duncan for The Tide Keeper.

Duncan also took home the DEGNZ Best Director Award, while her cinematographers Chris Pryor and Ben Montgomery were jointly awarded the Panavision Best Cinematography Award.

In their statement, the judges, Peter Elliot, Siobhan Marshall, Cushla Dillon and Matthew Saville, said, "The Tide Keeper is concise, intelligent, beautiful and moving. This film created another world within a world, incorporating an intriguing sense of choreographic movement and the best elements of story-telling and cinema. It is totally original."

Speaking about WIFT member Tina Cleary's StarNow Best Actor Award winning performance in Cub, the judges commented: "Cleary's performance was amazing - it had distinctive depth and humanity. It was an extraordinary role that she rose to."

The Best Music Video Award category was fiercely competitive, with the prize going to last year's winners, directing duo Thunderlips, for Emily by The Eversons. The judges also acknowledged the work of WIFT member Mhairead Connor, who produced UFO, with the NZFC Special Jury Prize - calling it "Exceptionally bold and brave. Cinematic. Art department, the lighting and the make-up are all really well done. Fantastic."

As the winner of the coveted Lightbox Best Film Award Alyx Duncan is now eligible to enter The Tide Keeper into the 2017 Oscars�. She also receives $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, a membership to StarNow, a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software, a bottle of Opawa pinot noir and flowers from Enchanted Rose.

Show Me Shorts is now playing 40 short films and six music videos in 22 cinemas across Aotearoa, from Dargaville to Stewart Island. Tickets are on sale from the cinema venues.

Audience members can be part of the awards process by voting for their favourite film to win the People's Choice Award during the festival. Survey and voting forms can be completed at cinema venues or online at


Lightbox Best Film Award

Alyx Duncan, The Tide Keeper

Final Draft Best Screenplay Award

Ryan Heron & Guy Montgomery, Return

DEGNZ Best Editor Award

James Cunningham, Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

StarNow Best Actor Award

Tina Cleary, Cub

Best International Film Award

Jonathan Stein, Out of the Village

DEGNZ Best Director Award

Alyx Duncan, The Tide Keeper

Panavision Best Cinematographer Award

Chris Pryor & Ben Montgomery, The Tide Keeper

NZFC Special Jury Prize:

Mhairead Connor, UFO

Best Music Video

Thunderlips, Emily by The Eversons

Best Student Film:

Kyan Krumdieck & Annabelle Dick, The Grind

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

About Show Me Shorts Film Festival

Show Me Shorts is New Zealand's leading international short film festival, and the only festival in New Zealand with Academy Awards�-accreditation. Their mission is to connect audiences with quality short films, celebrate excellence in short film making and foster the New Zealand short film community.

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Call for Applications: International Director's Mentorship with award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal

Posted Monday 23 Nov 2015

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) invites applications from experienced documentary directors with at least one documentary feature with festival success and a documentary project in development to apply for an International Director's Mentorship with multiple award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.

Jennifer co-founded Toronto-based Mercury Films Inc. with Nick de Pencier. For over 20 years, the pair has been making award-winning, critically acclaimed documentaries that have played all over the world.

Jennifer is currently starting production on her latest feature documentary Anthropocene, the third in a trilogy of feature documentaries preceeded by Watermark (2014) and Manufactured Landscapes (2006). Anthropocene follows an international group of geologists who want to change the name of our present interglacial epoch, Holocene, to Anthropocene in recognition of human impact.

The International Director's Mentorship is designed to assist a director with project development, career planning, creative relationships, new practices in audience engagement, and relationships with producers and agents.

The mentorship will allow for a visit from Jennifer to New Zealand to spend up to two days working with the mentee on their submitted project, and 20 - 30 hours of mentoring time via Skype or phone across a six-month period.

At a later mutually agreed date, the mentee will be encouraged to fly to wherever Jennifer is working to meet and observe.

The overall intention of the mentorship is to inspire a NZ director, demystify the international film industry and offer genuine insight into creative process and engagement with the industry as a whole, while providing a solid platform upon which to build an international career.

To apply, please provide:

  1. A maximum one-page letter about why you should be chosen and what you hope to gain from the mentorship.
  2. A maximum one-page document outlining the documentary concept you wish to apply with.
  3. Up to 3 examples online of past work (not showreel).

A panel including Jennifer will select the successful applicant. An interview may be required.

Only FULL DEGNZ members may apply. If you are not a member and wish to join, you can do so here:

Applications should be submitted electronically to no later than 9AM, 30 November 2015.