Help WIFTers crowdfund for Loading Docs

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

It's that time of year again! Let's get behind WIFT members Kathleen Winter, Jaimee Poipoi and Kim Harrop to help them crowdfund for their Loading Docs projects (this year the theme is Diversity).

Their projects are among the 10 new short documentaries selected for the programme, which helps fund, create and distribute the films. Each team is required to crowdfund $2000 towards their production budget in order to receive an additional $4000 from the Loading Docs initiative and a post-production package. March is their fundraising month, so dig out your credit card and help them reach their goals!

He Awa Mutunga Kore - A Takat?pui Journey
Two worlds collide at Wellington's biggest ever LGBTIQ pride celebration where a takat?pui (queer M?ori) activist seeks self-acceptance.
Dir: Kathleen Winter
Prod: Jaimee Poipoi

The Coffin Club
The Coffin Club is a musical documentary about the celebration of life and death, and the ability to laugh at the prospect of mortality.
Prod: Kim Harrop

Find out more about Loading Docs.

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Jean takes off with nine New York award nominations

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

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The NZ On Air- and TVNZ-funded television film Jean, based on the life of Jean Batten, has been shortlisted for nine awards in the 2017 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

The New York Festivals Grand Jury selected Jean as a finalist in nine categories - Best Direction, Best Camerawork, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design, Best Original Music, Best Visual Effects, Best TV Movie and Best Drama Special.

'I think that's a record for one production,' said producer Paula Boock. 'It's pretty special, and since we have no NZ television awards anymore, these international competitions really help in getting recognition for excellence and overseas sales for our productions.'

Made by Boock and Donna Malane of Lippy Pictures (who are also WIFT members), the 90-minute television film was directed by Robert Sarkies and starred Kate Elliott (pictured). It was funded by NZ On Air and screened on TVNZ 1's Sunday Theatre last September.

Here's the full list of finalists.