Get your submissions in for NZ Web Fest

Posted Friday 21 Jul 2017

Get your skates on, folks - the folk at NZ Web Fest have told us final submission deadlines for this year are fast approaching, and getting in now will save you money.

The NZ Web Fest is New Zealand's festival for online content, web series, shows, YouTube channels, fiction, factual, and anything in between AR and VR. If it's video content made for online, it's pretty much eligible for consideration.

The winners at last year's NZ Web Fest Awards included The Candle Wasters, TheCoconet.tv's Fasitua Amosa, web shows AFK, The F Word, Mahinga Kai and the winner of the Best Pilot award, Ngai Tahu's Ng? Ringa Toi o Tahu, the full series of which is rolling out right now here.

On Saturday 18 November this year, #NZWF17 will present a day of discussions, presentations and screenings - including all the titles nominated for the awards - followed in the evening by the #NZWF17 awards ceremony. On Sunday 19, they'll present a day of screenings - including a special programme of all the #NZWF17 award winners plus some Q&A screenings with the creators of some of the shows. Tickets for the events will go on sale in September.

Get your shows and pilots in and be in with a shot at glory, bragging rights, and an elegant trophy. Submit via FilmFreeway.

Late deadline: 31 July
Extended last-chance deadline: 31 August

For more about NZ Web Fest, check their website.

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Leanne Pooley invited to join the Academy

Posted Friday 21 Jul 2017

Huge congratulations to Leanne Pooley - she and Christine Jeffs have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Known to many in New Zealand for her track record in making excellent documentaries, Leanne was invitied for her work on Beyond the Edge and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.

As the article on Deadline says, "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,500-ish. This is a record number, up from last year's  683.

"The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color."

Read more and see the full list at: http://deadline.com/2017/06/oscar-academy-new-members-2017-full-list-1202121509/