Posted Tuesday 25 May 2021
Let’s hear it for Hannah Taylor, this year's recipient of the Dame Gaylene Preston and Women in Film & Television (WIFT) Award for Best Female Director at the Vista Foundation 48Hours Awards!
Taranaki-based Hannah’s short film Rekindled Spirits follows a couple on a retreat attempting to repair their relationship, only to be joined by another presence.
Hannah’s efforts also won her the Best Solo/Duo Award which honours honouring those courageous teams entering the competition with just one or two team members.
Hannah flew solo for her film which saw her writing, singing, directing, editing, animating… and everything else!
Hannah wins a year’s free WIFT NZ membership and $1000 in cash.
Meanwhile, the 2021 Grand National Champion Award goes to Wellington team Traces of Nut for Good Girl which includes WIFT NZ member Aidee Walker on the writing team.
Good Girl follows a professional dog walker (Emma Draper) who becomes immersed in a self-help podcast and finds herself treading dangerous territory.
The team also took home Best Director and Best Script on the night for their suspenseful and canine-filled entry.
The top 18 films, Best School and Best Under 19 films will all be available from 28 May here on the Re: News platform.
Pictured above from left to right: Dame Gaylene Preston, Hannah Taylor, WIFT NZ Executive Director Patricia Watson