Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Tickled producers share their experiences

Posted Tuesday 29 Mar 2016

Script to Screen Event Sealing the Deal

Tues 5 April, The Classic, Auckland, 7:30-8:30pm

For so many in the filmmaking team, work is done when the picture is locked. But the producer's race to get the film an audience has only just begun.

Producers Leanne Saunders and Carthew Neal return from Sundance, where their film HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Taika Waititi) and Carthew's doco TICKLED (David Farrier) both pushed through obstacles to achieve coveted outcomes: successful premieres, great reviews and strong sales. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE sold North American distribution rights to The Orchard for just under $2million, while TICKLED sold North American and world theatrical rights (ex. Aus/NZ) to Magnolia, and US TV rights to HBO. Similarly Leanne Saunders' 2015 hit dance film BORN TO DANCE sold to 9 territories including to US distributor FilmBuff after a Toronto premiere and an appearance at Berlinale.

Carthew and Leanne will talk to producer and WIFT member Julia Parnell about positioning their films from conception through to release. From taking the project to market, getting the right sales agents on board at the right time, to selling the film, come and hear what they've learnt along the way.

Have a drink beforehand and stay afterwards for a slice of pizza on STS.

Tues 5 April, The Classic, 321 Queen Street, 7pm drinks, 7:30-8:30pm talk. $5 koha appreciated.

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BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 - Jury and New Award Announced

Posted Tuesday 29 Mar 2016

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which is currently open for entries from around the world is delighted to announce the new Jury for 2016, including film-world professionals whose expertise span film production, directing, editing, TV, music, branding, fashion and more.


ASFF 2016 Jury includes:

Mark Herman, Director

James Stevenson Bretton, Blinkink

Craig McNeil, Beggars Group

Katie Campbell, BAFTA

Karen Krizanovich, Journalist

View the complete Jury:

The Jury will cast their vote for the Festival Winner from the 11 films that win the Best of Category Awards. It is a fantastic accolade for the winning filmmaker and they will also receive �750 prize money.

ASFF has teamed up with the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University to present a new Award for Best Screenplay. Films that are in the 2016 Official Selection are eligible for this award.

To see the full list of ASFF 2016 Awards, visit

ASFF 2016 is now open for entries. Deadline 31 May 2016. For submission guidelines and to enter, visit