NZ film-makers to compete at Melbourne International Film Festival

This year will see the largest contingency yet of New Zealand filmmakers take advantage of Melbourne’s close proximity in order to show their films, compete, pitch ideas, attend world-class training seminars and network on the international stage. The New Zealand Film Commission congratulates all those NZFC supported and independent filmmakers taking part. “Melbourne presents an [ Read More ]

Wellington film maker wins award at NZ International Film Festival

Wellington film maker Sam Kelly has won the inaugural New Zealand International Film Festival best short film competition. His film, Lambs, which is set in the Porirua suburb of Cannons Creek, was awarded the $5000 Madman entertainment jury prize. Announcing the prize at Auckland’s Civic Theatre last night, juror and Madman Entertainment representative Michael Eldred [ Read More ]

WORLD PREMIERE IN BERLIN FOR ROBERT SARKIES’ TWO LITTLE BOYS

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Robert Sarkies’ latest feature film, Two Little Boys, has been selected in competition at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, which will run February 9th – 19th this year.  The film will screen in the Generation section of the Festival and will be judged by two juries: a young person’s jury which awards the prestigious Crystal Bear [ Read More ]

New Zealand short film to premiere in international competition

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NEW ZEALAND FILM TO PREMIERE IN COMPETITION IN FRANCE New kiwi short film, LAMBS, has been selected to screen at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival – widely regarded as the world’s premiere short film event.  LAMBS was selected from over 5,000 worldwide submissions. Funded through the New Zealand Film Commission short film funding initiative,  Fresh Shorts, LAMBS tells the [ Read More ]

THE ORATOR (O LE TULAFALE) IN SUNDANCE’S SPOTLIGHT

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Debut writer/director Tusi Tamasese’s Samoan language film, The Orator (O Le Tulafale), has been selected to screen in the Spotlight section of the 2012 Sundance International Film Festival.   The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from 19th – 29th January in and around Park City, Utah.  The Festival is widely regarded as the premiere US showcase for [ Read More ]

The Orator (O Le Tulafale) submitted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars

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An Academy approved Selection Committee announced today that The Orator (O Le Tulafale) has been submitted for consideration as Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards in Febuary. The Samoan language feature film funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, was written and directed by debut feature film maker Tusi Tamasese. The Academy [ Read More ]

Costa Boates gets standing ovation at Toronto film festival

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New Zealand documentary feature The Last Dogs of Winter debuted in Toronto yesterday. Director/producer Costa Botes and film subjects Brian Ladoon and Caleb Ross received a standing ovation when they took the stage for the film’s post-screening Q&A session. The films was selected to screen in the highly regarded ‘Real to Reel’ programme of the [ Read More ]

Short films announced for New Zealand International Film Festival 2011

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The New Zealand International Film Festival 2011 (NZIFF) will screen 20 short works as part of the MIC Homegrown Short Film Programme. 2011 has been a successful year for NZ short films and many of the films selected have screened to acclaim at international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca in New York. [ Read More ]

2011 Wairoa Maori Film Festival

The 2011 Wairoa Maori Film Festival was drawn to an impressive close at a packed awards ceremony at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka. And the winners are… Best Actor – Short Film (Aotearoa Audience Award) HARLEN HOANI THOMPSON IN “KORO’S MEDAL” DIRECTED BY JAMES BARR Best Male Actor – Feature Film (2011 Aotearoa Drama) RANGIMOANA TAYLOR IN [ Read More ]

Interview with Lee Tamahori about his latest short film and Sundance

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Once again Lee Tamahori has made a Sundance worthy independent film. Lee Tamahori has shot two independent films in his nearly two-decade career as a director, and both have taken him to Sundance: He made his first trip in 1995 with his feature directorial debut, “Once Were Warriors,” a violent tale of domestic abuse in [ Read More ]