Phillips set to finish her latest short film

Posted Tuesday 30 Apr 2019


We're excited to hear hear that Wellington film-maker April Phillips is near completion of her latest short film, The Last Man on Earth, a sci-fi thriller with a personal statement about the worth of people with disabilities. The story is set in the aftermath of a global epidemic that virtually wipes out mankind and that was caused by a vaccine designed to eradicate birth defects. Survivor Annie (played by actress Greer Phillips) learns the hard way that a person's worth is not determined by their looks or abilities, but rather their character and actions. The film also stars Duncan Armstrong, a very busy and experienced Wellington dancer, drummer and actor who also happens to have Down Syndrome. "He's a great example of not allowing his condition or society's negative stereotypes to define him or limit him", says Phillips. The Last Man on Earth will screen on the film festival circuit before being publicly viewable.

IMAGE/Tracey Strange

April Phillips and Duncan Armstrong filming

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Apply now for the WIF Film Finishing Fund

Posted Tuesday 30 Apr 2019

Calling all filmmakers: the Women in Film (WIF) Film Finishing Fund gives grants to female filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres. WIFT members receive a discount on the application fee. To apply, you must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application. You do not need to be a WIF Member to apply, and international submissions are welcome. Since its inception in 1985, the Film Finishing Fund - run by Women in Film Los Angeles (LA) - has had an impressive track record of selecting recipients that have gone on to achieve distribution and win major awards.

Application deadlines
Earlybird deadline: Friday 31 May, 2019
Regular deadline: Sunday 23 June, 2019
Late deadline: Sunday 14 July, 2019

Click here for full details and the link to the application