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Tickets for City Finals on sale on Monday

This weekend (August 25-27) is crunch time for entrants in the HP48Hours filmmaking competition. On Friday, contestants from more than 525 registered teams will gather at each of the eight regional hubs, where the excitement begins. Teams will receive their final instructions and be cheered on their way. Filmmaking teams have to write, shoot, edit and score a short film from one to five minutes duration over the weekend.

This is to invite you to cover hyped-up anticipation of the launch event OR to be there to witness the mad scramble that is the HP48HOURS hand-in, where contestants must physically deliver their films made over the past 48 hours. The doors are closed at strictly 7pm and traditionally there are a few who just don’t quite make it.

If you would like to send reporter/camera crew to cover the launch or hand-in, please let me know and I will arrange media accreditation.

This year, a controversial change in the rules allows teams to include stock footage or photography and existing footage (provided they have the rights).

ULTRA48 takes it to a new level for teams with 5+ years experience – they face an unknown mystery challenge. All ULTRA participants are listed here: https://www.48hours.co.nz/2017/register/?ss=ultra48

Also news this year – Jamie Curry, the creator of internationally successful blog “Jamie’s World” is entering a team this year.

After the films are handed in, there will be a series of City heats in each region, followed by these City Finals, to which the public is invited. Tickets for all City Finals go on sale on Monday August 28.

Launch, Hand-in, Heats and City Finals Details for each City:

AUCKLAND: Hollywood Cinema, Avondale.

Launch: Friday August 25. 6pm – 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27. 5pm-7pm

Heats: Aug 30 – Sept 4. City Final: Sept 24 Sky City Theatre.

WELLINGTON: Massey University Te Ara Hihiko Building.

Launch: Friday August 25, 6pm- 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27, 5pm–7pm

Paramount Cinema: Heats: Sept 7-9. City Final: Friday Sept 22.

CHRISTCHURCH: Halo Bar & Lounge

Launch: Friday August 25 6pm – 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27 5pm – 7pm

Heats: Christchurch Art Gallery, Phillip Carter Family Auditorium. Sept 1 -3.

City Final: Reading Cinemas, The Palms Sept 17

DUNEDIN: The Customhouse

Launch: Friday August 25 6pm – 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27 5pm – 7pm

Heats: Castle 1, Otago University August 29 – Sept 2

City Final: The College Auditorium Sept 23

HAMILTON: Hamilton Boys High School

Launch: Friday August 25 6pm – 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27 5pm – 7pm

Heats: Waikato University Sept 7-8   City Final: Event Cinemas Chartwell, Sept 21

BAY OF PLENTY: Secret Private Cinema, Papamoa

Launch: Friday August 25 6pm – 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27 5pm – 7pm

Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga. Heats August 31. City Final: Sept 2

TARANAKI: Event Cinemas New Plymouth

Launch: Friday August 25 6pm – 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27 5pm – 7pm

Heats: 4th Wall Cinema, August 28-30. City Final: Event Cinemas Sept 25

GISBORNE: Tairawhiti Museum

Launch: Friday August 25 6pm – 7pm. Hand-in: Sunday August 27 5pm – 7pm

Heats & City Finals details to come

 

The GRAND FINAL is in Auckland on November 11

 

HP48HOURS is the premiere filmmaking competition for energetic young creatives, where they can establish a foothold on a filmmaking career. Past winners include Taika Waititi, Gerard Johnstone, The DownLow Concept and Thomas Sainsbury.

Many of the entrants are secondary school groups, so this year, Massey University will provide the Massey HP48Hours Award – a $1000 cash prize to a school group. The Gaylene Preston /WIFT Award will go to the best female director and event owner Ant Timpson is offering a $1000 cash prize for risk-taking. Plus $100,000 in cash & services in the prize pool.

 

About the HP48HOURS Filmmaking Competition

Now in its 15th year, the national weekend competition takes place on August 25-27, 2017. Filmmaking teams have to write, shoot, edit and score a short film from one to five minutes duration. The intensity begins at 7pm on Friday August 25 and doesn’t let up until the final deadline at 7pm on Sunday August 27.

City Heats Start: 29th August

City Finals: September

Grand Final: 11th November

Key Awards:

Massey HP48HOUR Award for secondary school students. $1000 cash prize

The Gaylene Preston/WIFT Award – a $1,000 cash prize (plus free WIFT membership) for the Best Female Director winner.

Competition owner Ant Timpson is offering a $1,000 cash prize for innovation and risk-taking.

Plus $100,000 in cash & services in the prize pool.

#HP48

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View past HP48Hours films here: HP48hours screening room

CONTACT: Sue May, Kiriata Publicity suemay@xtra.co.nz 0274 739 318

August 10, 2017 – Announcing the “Massey HP48 Hour Award” and the launch of Creative Media Production Scholarships

HP48HOURS announces a new partnership with Massey University, which is sponsoring the “Massey HP48HOUR Award” at this year’s HP48HOURS filmmaking competition. The Award is available to secondary school students entering the HP48HOURS filmmaking competition. The winner receives a $1000 cash prize. The entries will be judged on technical achievement, aesthetic quality and storytelling strength.

In addition to the Award, Massey is launching four scholarships for the Bachelor of Creative Media Production degree, each valued at $6000. The scholarships are to be awarded for students undertaking full-time study commencing Semester 1, 2018. Each scholarship is for one of the four Bachelor of Creative Media Production degree pathways: Film and TV, Game Development, Animation and VFX, and Web and Interactive Development. More information about eligibility criteria can be found on the School’s website http://bit.ly/2vnBgHr

In a further enhancement for HP48HOURS, Massey University will also host the competition’s launch and ‘hand-in’ events for the Wellington region at its striking Te Ara Hihiko building.

Professor Claire Robinson, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University says: “Student learning and experience is at the heart of what we do at the College. We focus on studio and project-based learning that provides a broad range of technical expertise, encourages collaboration, and provides as much real-life experience as possible before they leave.

“The collaboration with HP48HOURS is a perfect fit with our philosophy and our offering. We really look forward to meeting with the film crews, viewing the finished products and welcoming four students to a journey of a lifetime within our Creative Media Production degree,” Professor Robinson said.

Lucas Haley, Creative Media Production Programme Leader says: “The Bachelor of Creative Media Production at Massey University Wellington is excited to partner with HP48HOURS for the prize and scholarship announcement. Massey sees HP48HOURS as a vibrant celebration of our industry’s craft and vision, and hopes to foster that industry by supporting the next generation of filmmakers.”

HP48HOURS event organiser Ant Timpson says: “We get a lot of high school students entering the competition who are already digital media literate. Massey is at the forefront of teaching interactive and digital media and we’re grateful that they are enabling us to offer the Massey HP48Hour Award and these great scholarships. It’s an excellent opportunity to further develop skills in the industry.”

This year sees the continuation of sponsorship by HP, a technology company that has empowered filmmakers and creative visionaries for more than seven decades. Grant Hopkins, Managing Director, HP New Zealand, says “We are excited to sponsor the HP48hours to shine a spotlight on the role technology can play in igniting personal storytelling and unleashing the creator and artist in all of us.”

About the Bachelor of Creative Media Production 

The three-year Bachelor of Creative Media Production gives students the skills and creativity to realise their vision in interactive and digital media. Students work hands-on with projects across video and television production, sound design, post-production, interactive media development, app and game design, animation, visual effects, and motion capture. The course takes advantage of Massey University’s extensive industry connections and students benefit from studying in a city recognised worldwide for its creativity and innovation in contemporary media brands and production. Using industry standard production facilities, students respond to briefs that combine creative studio practice, linear and non-linear storytelling, professional practice, events production and portfolio development.

About the HP48HOURS Filmmaking Competition

Registrations are now open at 48hours.co.nz

Now in its 15th year, the national weekend competition takes place on August 25-27, 2017. Filmmaking teams have to write, shoot, edit and score a short film from one to five minutes duration. The intensity begins at 7pm on Friday August 25 and doesn’t let up until the final deadline at 7pm on Sunday August 27.

City Heats Start: 29th August

City Finals: September

Grand Final: 11th November

Other Key Awards:

The Gaylene Preston/WIFT Award – a $1,000 cash prize (plus free WIFT membership) for the Best Female Director winner.

Competition owner Ant Timpson is offering a $1,000 cash prize for innovation and risk-taking.

Plus $100,000 in cash & services in the prize pool.

#HP48

Website: 48hours.co.nz

Facebook: 48Hours

Twitter: HP48HOURS

View past HP48Hours films here: HP48hours screening room

CONTACT: Sue May, Kiriata Publicity suemay@xtra.co.nz 0274 739 318

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July 7, 2017 – MY YEAR WITH HELEN is the first film to sell out a session in the NZ International Film Festival. The film’s first Wellington session on July 30 at the Embassy Theatre sold out on the first day of ticket sales yesterday.

There are still seats available for the second Wellington session on August 1 and both Auckland sessions (July 23 and 25).

An observational documentary, MY YEAR WITH HELEN travels alongside former Prime Minister Helen Clark campaigning to become the first woman UN Secretary-General while continuing her work as the highest ranking female at the UN, leading the UN Development Group and managing to stay in daily contact with her 94-year-old father back in New Zealand.

Preston’s cameras explore the cracks between the diplomats, the embedded press and feminist activists as they push for change while caught up in a power process as secretive and patriarchal as the selection of the Pope.

Clark says: “The film conveys how tough it is to break the remaining glass ceilings. May it motivate future generations of women to keep at it!”

Preston: “The film asks the question – what will it take for women to become global leaders.”

MY YEAR WITH HELEN was funded by NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and private investors.
Producer/director Gaylene Preston, co-producer Catherine Madigan, executive producer Alexander Behse, associate producer Tim Riley, editor Paul Sutorius, composer Jan Preston, cinematography by Sam Russell, Colin Sonner, Gaylene Preston. Australia & New Zealand distribution: Transmission.

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June 27, 2017 – MY YEAR WITH HELEN To Premiere in NZ International Film Festival

Premiere: Sunday July 23, 1pm, Civic Theatre

Screening: Tuesday July 25, 11am Civic Theatre

Bookings open from 9am Friday June 30: MyYearWith HelenNZIFF

Following a rapturous audience response at its Gala screening at the Sydney Film Festival earlier this month, Gaylene Preston’s latest feature, MY YEAR WITH HELEN, will premiere in New Zealand at Auckland’s iconic Civic Theatre on July 23 during the opening weekend of the NZ International Film Festival.

There will be a second screening at the Civic on Tuesday 25 July at 11 am, followed by Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson NZIFF screenings. Director/producer Gaylene Preston (War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us, Home By Christmas) will travel with the film for post-screening Q&A sessions with audiences in each centre.

An observational documentary, MY YEAR WITH HELEN travels alongside former Prime Minister Helen Clark campaigning to become the first woman UN Secretary-General while continuing her work as the highest ranking female at the UN, leading the UN Development Group and managing to stay in daily contact with her 94-year-old father back in New Zealand.

Preston’s cameras explore the cracks between the diplomats, the embedded press and feminist activists as they push for change while caught up in a power process as secretive and patriarchal as the selection of the Pope.

Clark says: “The film conveys how tough it is to break the remaining glass ceilings. May it motivate future generations of women to keep at it!”

Preston: “The film asks the question – what will it take for women to become global leaders.”

Early reviews:

Steve Newall of flicks.co.nz awarded MY YEAR WITH HELEN 4 stars, describing it as “moving, revealing”

And: “What a difference losing makes. Helen Clark’s well-documented, ultimately unsuccessful, bid to become United Nations’ Secretary-General may have dented personal dreams, as well as Kiwi aspirations throughout diplomatic, political, and public spheres – but boy has it set Gaylene Preston’s film up to be more than just a victory lap.”

Bill Gosden, NZ International Film Festival: “Clark is dignified and resilient in the face of loss. She can always congratulate herself on having had Preston on hand to mine her disappointing experience and discover in it the fuel for future fire.”

MY YEAR WITH HELEN was funded by NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and private investors. Producer/director Gaylene Preston, co-producer Catherine Madigan, executive producer Alexander Behse, associate producer Tim Riley, editor Paul Sutorius, composer Jan Preston, cinematography by Sam Russell, Colin Sonner, Gaylene Preston. Australia & New Zealand distribution: Transmission.

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June 21, 2017 – LAST year, a record number of women and girls directed films in the HP48HOURS Filmmaking Competition. This year, organisers are looking to attract even more.

Event organiser Ant Timpson says: “There’s been a noticeable shift within the competition, a positive reflection of the recent focus on gender equality in the director’s chair. Last year we had 200 women and girls directing films in the competition, which is massive improvement over previous years.”

As an incentive, The Gaylene Preston/WIFT Award has become a more prominent feature of the event. It is a $1000 cash prize (plus free WIFT membership) for the Best Female Director winner.

Preston says: “I first offered this award 10 years ago in the Wellington City Final and now I’m happy that it’s part of the National Grand Final. It is for a dedicated, committed female director who is already working on forging her own path.

“Every year, 48HOURS grows terrific creative talent and it’s fantastic that women have begun to participate as leading creatives in greater numbers.”

The HP48HOURS website is approaching the milestone of 100 million views – currently on 98 million – indicative of the level of exposure the 48HOURS films can achieve.

Timpson also reflects on another positive outcome of the Competition: “It’s also been heartening to see so many teams who evolved through the comp now creating hugely entertaining award-winning web-series. This matches the increased growth of local audiences choosing the digital landscape over existing networks.”

HP48HOURS is a petri-dish designed to cultivate creativity under pressure – making a film in 48 hours both breaks up relationships and brings people closer together.

It’s a serious challenge for both first-time filmmakers and experienced directors. Past winners include Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), TheDownLowConcept (Gary of the Pacific), Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and award-winning playwright/TV writer/actor Thomas Sainsbury (Super City), who was last year’s winner.

EARLYBIRD registration ($40 fee reduction) is now open for this year’s HP48HOURS. Registrations at 48hours.co.nz

Now in its 15th year, the national weekend competition is set for August 25-27, 2017. Filmmaking teams have to write, shoot, edit and score a short film from one to five minutes duration. The intensity begins at 7pm on Friday August 25 and doesn’t let up until the final deadline at 7pm on Sunday August 27.

Filmmakers don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the weekend and there are several required elements. In previous years that has been a line of dialogue, a prop or a camera move. The random elements for 2017 are at present under wraps.

The focus for this year is risk-taking – Competition owner Ant Timpson is offering an additional $1000 cash prize for innovation and risk-taking. To keep people on their toes there may also be a few changes to the rules.

The appeal of the Competition is widespread: entrants include school groups, film professionals, actors and comedians as well as teams of mates looking to have a crazy weekend doing a project together. Last year, 550 teams entered in seven regions. Each region has a City Final in September, from which the best are selected to compete in the Grand Final in Auckland on November 11. A panel of international judges decides the winners, who are in line for $100k in cash & services in the prize pool.

This year sees the continuation of sponsorship by HP, a technology company that has empowered filmmakers and creative visionaries for more than seven decades. “HP are proud supporters of the creative arts globally, and our industry-leading technology powers entertainment giants like DreamWorks Animation, Technicolor and Animal Logic,” said Grant Hopkins, Managing Director, HP New Zealand. “We are excited to sponsor the HP48hours to shine a spotlight on the role technology can play in igniting personal storytelling and unleashing the creator and artist in all of us.”

Taika Waititi’s advice to entrants: “You need to embrace the chance to take risks and make huge mistakes. It’s one of the only times, as a filmmaker, that you’ll get to screw things up and not get fired or have your career ended.”

HP48HOURS key dates:

Earlybird registration (saves $40): now – July 11

General registration: July 10 – Aug 22 (midnight)

Competition: August 25-27

City Heats: 29 August   City Finals: September

Grand Final November 11

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View past 48HOURS films here: HP48hours screening room

MEDIA RELEASE November 26, 2016

HP48HOURS Grand Champion Announced

At the Civic Friday Nov 25.

(Full list of winners is below)

The HP48HOURS Grand Champion award-winning film, (Time) Travel Centre, was one of event patron Sir Peter Jackson’s Wild Card finalists.

The winning short film was written and directed by creative force of nature Thomas Sainsbury, who also wrote one of the last year’s Grand Finalists. Sainsbury grew up in Matamata, a small rural town in the Waikato. He completed a BA at Auckland University, majoring in English Literature and Theatre, and became involved as a writer, director and performer for university productions and the underground theatre scene.

After graduating, he formed a theatre company for which he wrote and produced several plays becoming a ‘powerhouse of creativity’, writing, performing and directing countless plays, as well as writing for television.

Sainsbury has won Playmarket’s Young Playwright of the Year four times and has been a finalist for the Bruce Mason Award and the Playmarket New Play Award. Several plays, including The Christmas Monologues, . . . and then you die and A Simple Procedure have had seasons in London and Australia. He is the co-writer of the television series Super City and is working on features and playing with new snapchat filters.

The company that produced (Time) Travel Centre was Chillybox aka Chillbox Creative, an Auckland based content creation company – they make promotional videos for major clients as well as popular online comedy webseries like STAKE OUT. They were also in the Grand Final in 2015 with their black comedy CLEAN GETAWAY.

 

WINNERS:

GRAND CHAMPION – (Time) Travel Centre – Chillybox

RUNNER UP : Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost – Prime Rib

2nd RUNNER UP : LOVE.EXE – Bork!

 

BEST DIRECTOR – NZBS Pig’s Guts Films – “A Disabled Account” (Lachlan Wilson)

BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR – ‘Morning after’ – Cool Story Bro (Lauren Porteous)

BEST ACTRESS – Karin McCracken from Tiny Talkies

BEST ACTOR – Aaron Jackson from Cinetrance

BEST SCRIPT – “Mahnamana” by Haynesfilm Bunch (Peter Haynes)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – ‘The Tender Grace’ by Cinetrance (Matt Sharp)

BEST MAKEUP – “Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost” by Prime Rib (Tanya Barlow)

BEST ANIMATION – ‘Love.exe’ by Bork!

BEST EDITING – “Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost” by Prime Rib (Jamie Linehan)

BEST SCORE – “Windows” by TBALC Prime (Scott Koorey)

BEST SONG – ‘Bromance’ by Team Indeed (Rob$tar)

BEST DISQUALIFIED – ’48 Hour Famine’ by The Purple Dragons

BEST INCREDIBLY STRANGE – ‘BOB…Interdimensional Wool Courier’ by Don’t Panic Pictures

BEST SCHOOL TEAM – LOOP by Squad

 

HP48Hours 2016 Grand Champion wins this prize:

$10,000 Cash Grant; Courtesy of NZFC
$6,000 Cash Grant; Courtesy of Wingnut Films
HP ZBook Studio Touch enabled 4K Mobile Workstation with Thunderbolt dock and 4K external display (valued at $7,000+GST) courtesy of HP
$15,000 of Post Production time at Curious Films
$5,000 of rental from Professional Lighting Services
Up to $65,000USD worth of a Premium Production Bundle from Moxio**
2 days of Professional Foley Perform, Record & Edit (valued at $2,500) courtesy of Bespoke Audio***
1 day Sound Editing & and 1 day of Sound Mixing (valued at $2,000) courtesy of Northwestern Digital****
A 12 month Professional Subscription (valued at $1,200) courtesy of Digital Pigeon

There are also substantial film-related prizes for Runners Up and category winners,

Full list is here: 48Hoursprizes

MEDIA RELEASE November 21, 2016

HP48HOURS

GRAND NATIONAL FINAL

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

CIVIC, AUCKLAND

Buy tickets here

After intense regional heats all around the country, the HP48HOURS Grand National Final on November 25 at the Civic will reveal which short filmmaking teams take out awards and just who will walk away with the glory of being crowned Grand Champion of HP48HOURS 2016. The prizes are generous and of great value to the careers and dreams of the winners. The full prize list is here: 48Hoursprizes

The HP48HOURS national guerilla filmmaking competition challenges teams to write, shoot, edit and score a film of up to five minutes duration over a single 48-hour period. This year the competition received 550 entries in seven regions, backed for the first time this year by HP, a company known as the real power behind the film industry.

The films were made over the weekend of September 16-18, with participants ranging from high school teams to experienced filmmakers, actors and comedians. And groups of mates getting together to get creative with a camera.

Past winners have included Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) TheDownLowConcept (7Days) and Gerard Johnstone (Housebound).

Every year, Sir Peter Jackson, the long-standing patron of the event, chooses his slate of “wildcard” finalists. (This year’s four are listed below). He has noted the ability of the competition to uncover passionate and skilled new filmmakers.

Competition Organiser since 2003, Ant Timpson, says, “This year’s international judges were impressed by the standard of the finalists and the way the competition unearths and encourages the next storytellers of New Zealand”. (Judges are listed below)

This year’s Grand Finalists include two teams (Viva La Dirt League and Haynesfilm) who have also just been granted ‘Skip Ahead’ funding from NZOnAir – “NZ On Air and YouTube have established this co-funding initiative to enable successful YouTubers to make the leap to creating narrative-driven webseries content.” More info here: skipahead

Past and present 48Hours films are available to view here: http://www.48hours.co.nz/screening-room/2016/auckland/

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HP48Hours 2016 Grand Champion wins this prize:

$10,000 Cash Grant; Courtesy of NZFC
$6,000 Cash Grant; Courtesy of Wingnut Films
HP ZBook Studio Touch enabled 4K Mobile Workstation with Thunderbolt dock and 4K external display (valued at $7,000+GST) courtesy of HP
$15,000 of Post Production time at Curious Films
$5,000 of rental from Professional Lighting Services
Up to $65,000USD worth of a Premium Production Bundle from Moxio**
2 days of Professional Foley Perform, Record & Edit (valued at $2,500) courtesy of Bespoke Audio***
1 day Sound Editing & and 1 day of Sound Mixing (valued at $2,000) courtesy of Northwestern Digital****
A 12 month Professional Subscription (valued at $1,200) courtesy of Digital Pigeon

There are also substantial film-related prizes for Runners Up and category winners,

Full list is here: 48Hoursprizes

HP48Hours 2016 Grand National Finalists

SIR PETER JACKSON’S WILDCARDS

(Time) Travel Centre – Chillybox – Time Travel Movie
Dazza and Bazza: Kiwi Dad Detectives – Squint Eastwood – Mystery Movie
Text Back – Chess Club – Rom-Com Movie
The Painter – Traces of Nut – Horror Move

HP48HOURS GRAND NATIONAL FINALISTS

A Bro’s Life – Rubber Soul Production – Bro or Bechdel Movie
A Disabled Account – NZBS Pig’s Guts Films – Mistaken Identity Movie
Bromancing The Stone – Team Indeed – Bro or Bechdel Movie
Charity Run – Viva La Dirt League – Lovers on the Run Movie
Charlie Loves Me Most – Rambunctious Gumption – One-Location Movie
Down to the Wire – TBALC Alpha – Bro or Bechdel Movie
Finest Creation – Angle3 Pictures – Puppet Movie
Ghostfish: Catfished By A Ghost – Prime Rib – Horror Movie
LOVE.EXE – Bork! – Rom-Com Movie
Mahnamana – Haynesfilm Bunch – Puppet Movie
Roller – PickleThugs – Comedy of Errors Movie
Suede – Couch Kumaras – Mystery Movie
The Thread – Big Picture Minor Deets – Horror Movie
Wellingtopia – Lovely Bongo Drums – Dystopian Movie

NATIONAL GRAND FINAL 2016

7:30pm, Friday November 25th at The Civic, Auckland.
Buy tickets
here

The judges:

Clark Collis (Snr Writer : Entertainment Weekly)

Brad Schiff (Ani Supervisor Kubo & The Two Strings)

Tom Hern (Prod: The Dark Horse)

Mukpuddy,(Barefoot Bandits)

Antony Starr (official) (Actor Banshee)

Jordan Hoffman (Writ: The Guardian)

Amy Nicholson (Writer MTV)

Jen Yamato (Writ: Daily Beast)

Gabe Van Amburgh (Programmer SXSW)

Kate Alexis Elliott (Act : Jean)

Cushla Dillon (Editor : A Flickering Truth)

Ted Geoghegan (Dir:We Are Still Here)

,Nicole Dade Consultant

Phil Blankenship (Prog: New Beverly Cinema)

Guy Lavallee (NorthwestFest)

Andrew Beattie & Vanessa Hurley (Spfx/Makeup/Hair : Deathgasm)

Karl Steven (Composer : 800 Words

,BigPop Music, (Composers)

Annick Mahnert (Fantastic Fest)

Tristan & Kiah Roache-Turner (Wrymwood)

Hugues Barbier (Ithaca Film Fest)

Richard Beer (PDX Filmworks)

Dylan Skolnick(Dir: CinemaArts Centre NYC)

Shelagh Rowan-Legg (Sight & Sound)

Jay Morong (Charlotte Film Festival)

Logan Ann Taylor (Asst Prog SXSW)

AND

Sir Peter Jackson, who chose his WildCard films

MEDIA RELEASE – February 13, 2017

AROHA17 Festival of Ideas Starts on Wednesday

Films, Music, Fashion, Dance, Diversity and Style

February 15-25 in various Auckland locations

Bookings: iticket

Full programme is here: mikahakafoundation

This Wednesday at 6.30pm at Event Cinemas, Broadway sees the flamboyant opening of the Aroha17 Festival of Ideas with the Aroha17 Film Festival kicking off a feast of performing arts and culture.

Featuring a varied line-up of short films, a new reality TV series, Queens of Panguru and content from here and around the world with a main feature The Unbidden and Aroha17 Awards Finalists – short films from six countries with award categories including diversity, writing and direction.

Advised to “dress to express”, as guests – including stars and sports celebrities – arrive at the red carpet event, they will be dazzled with drag queens, beatboxers, African dance and fashion installations – with performances providing a taste of the Festival of varied events which will follow over the 10 days of Aroha. (The Festival runs from Feb 15-25)

Over the past two years, the Aroha’17 Festival of Ideas has become the space where young people work towards awareness and prevention of suicide, the major issue for youth in New Zealand. This year, dozens of young people participated in The Aroha Project Series 3 supported by Te Puni Kokiri: A series of 60-second personal stories to be launched on Instagram during Aroha ’17. Earlier series are available on Maori Television, TVNZ On Demand and MikaHakaStudio’s YouTube.

The All-Stars GALA fundraiser on February 18 is part of the festival’s focus on youth suicide awareness and prevention. The GALA is an evening of comedy, pop and cabaret starring Mike King, Megan Alatini and Mika Haka and Friends. Profits will be split between King’s Key to Life organisation and Mika Haka Foundation to support ongoing suicide prevention programmes.

A vibrant new addition to the Festival line-up is Andreea Kindryd, described as a “sassy septuagenarian” storyteller with life experiences from acting the Star Trek to meeting Martin Luther King. She says “When I worked on Star Trek, my family had gone from slavery to the stars”

http://www.thebrag.com/arts/andreea-kindryd

Other Festival highlights include a Dance Double Bill which debuts original works by exciting young choreographers Kasina Campbell and Eddie Elliott. The NYC House Party is headlined by cyber-soul artist GypjaQ and will feature original works from spoken word artists Jasper Powell, Liam Jacobson and Mokoera Te Amo, world champion King Home Boy and Ole Maiava and Daren Kamali.

The Aroha17 Festival of ideas also gives opportunities for interactive online engagements, digital new releases of music and films, livestream connections to NYC nightclub action, fashion activations, live discussions, hang-out zones, performances and a general buzz of activity around diversity, creativity and social life, all of which reinforces the serious intent of youth suicide prevention by providing real-life interaction.

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MEDIA RELEASE – February 19, 2017

The Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (nicknamed Moas) were presented last night in a glittering yet irreverent ceremony at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.

At times it was a roller-coaster of emotions for nominees as popular favourites cemented wins while other leading contenders were pipped at the post, but in the end a charmer about a boy in the bush took home the most Moas.

Topping off a stellar year of blockbuster box office and critical acclaim, Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople took a total of 7 awards: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor (Julian Dennison), Supporting actor (Sam Neill), Supporting Actress (Rima Te Wiata) and Visual Effects.

Waititi says: “I never get tired of acknowledgement. Knowing there’s an audience and an appreciation for my work motivates me to do more, to push myself further. It’s a huge honor to be in the same category with (Lee Tamahori) and Alison (Maclean). I’ve always looked up to them and to now stand alongside them is very cool. Obviously filmmaking is a collaborative affair so I share this honour with the cast, crew, and producers of the film, especially Carthew (Neal), who has now established himself as one of New Zealand’s greatest producers. Seeing how many great films are included in the awards this year is very positive, it’s an exciting time to be making movies. Our stories have a unique point of view that is now being appreciated around the world, and that makes me very proud to be a New Zealand filmmaker.”

Sam Neill was also there to present the Services to Cinema Award to old friend and collaborator Gaylene Preston for her outstanding contributions to New Zealand film.

The Ground We Won, a beautifully observed study of provincial rugby, for which Miriam Smith and Chris Pryor took home Best Documentary and Documentary Cinematography in the most contested category of this year’s awards.

Best actress was awarded to Miriama McDowell for her role in the Best Self-Funded film winner The Great Maiden’s Blush, while Angela Bloomfield took home Best Short Film Actress in the self-directed short Linda’s List. Madam Black, the globally acclaimed short continued its historic awards run by scooping up Best Short.

Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, T2: Trainspotting), was on hand to celebrate kiwi film and was the special guest presenter in a line-up that included Sam Neill, Zac Wallace, James Rolleston, Zoe Bell and many others.

Winners are:

FEATURE

Rialto Channel Best Film

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders,Taika Waititi, Matt Noonan)

Flying Fish Best Director

Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

flicks.co.nz Best Screenplay

Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Man O’ War Vineyards Best Actress

Miriama McDowell (The Great Maiden’s Blush)

Steinlager Tokyo Dry Best Actor

Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Manukau Urban Maori Authority Best Supporting Actress

Rima Te Wiata (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Te Whanau O Waipareira Best Supporting Actor

Sam Neill (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Park Road Post Best Self Funded Film

The Great Maiden’s Blush (Jeremy Macey, Andrea Bosshard, Isobel Mebus, Shane Loader)

Imagezone Best Cinematography

Robbie Ryan (Slow West)

Letterboxd Best Production Design

Kim Sinclair (Slow West)

Mandy VFX Best Editor

Michael Horton with Jonathan Woodford-Robinson (Mahana)

Bigpop Studios Best Score

Jed Kurzel (Slow West)

Bigpop Studios Best Sound

Phil Burton (Chronesthesia)

Images and Sound Best Visual Effects

Curious Film, Weta Digital, Pixel Juice (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Daniel Le Brun Best Costume Design

Kirsty Cameron (Slow West)

MAC Best Makeup Design

Vanessa Hurley, Roger Murray, Andrew Beattie (Deathgasm)

Services to Cinema Award

Gaylene Preston

DOCUMENTARY

New Zealand Film Commission Best Documentary

The Ground We Won (Miriam Smith)

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ Best Documentary Director

David Stubbs (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses)

PLS Best Documentary Cinematography

Christopher Pryor (The Ground We Won)

Lotech Media Best Documentary Editor

Simon Coldrick (Tickled)

SHORT FILM

Little Island Best Short Film

Madam Black (Ivan Barge, Matt Harris)

Halcyon Digital Best Self Funded Short Film

Not Like Her (Hash Perambalam, Lucy Stonex, Brendon Donovan)

Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Short Film Actress

Angela Bloomfield (Linda’s List)

Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Short Film Actor

Cohen Holloway (Feeder)

TELEVISION FEATURE

NZOnAir Best Television Feature

Abandoned (James Heyward, Liz DiFiore)

Winners were decided by a judging committee that is totally off-shore based, taking into consideration a total of 19 drama features, 9 documentary features and 12 short films in various categories.

The Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards 2017 are sponsored by:

Rialto Channel, NZ Film Commission, National Urban Maori Authority, NZ On Air, Imagezone, Man O’ War Vineyards, Images & Sound, flicks.co.nz, Actors Agents Association of New Zealand, Park Road Post, Flying Fish, BigPop Studios, Steinlager Tokyo Dry, Daniel Le Brun, Professional Lighting Services Ltd, Letterboxd, Mandy VFX, MAC Cosmetics, Directors & Editors Guild NZ, Dominion Law, Lotech.media, Halcyon Digital, Little Island and Kiriata Publicity.

Celebrate the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards on Saturday February 25 at 5.25pm on Sky’s Rialto Channel 39, featuring red-carpet coverage with film vlogger Francesca Rudkin chatting to all the stars and filmmakers.

Rialto Channel, 100% Kiwi-Owned, 100% Commercial-Free

February 7, 2017

POI E movie’s local DVD release coincides with International Premiere at Berlinale

After a highly successful run in the NZ box office last year, Poi E: The Story of Our Song will be available on DVD in stores from February 15.

Released by Sony Home Entertainment, the DVD will be stocked at The Warehouse and JB Hi-Fi, with advance online orders available now through MightyApe http://bit.ly/2jX6S04 The film will also be available on iTunes in New Zealand and Australia http://apple.co/2ku3qx4

Poi E traces the story of a song, released in 1984, that has become New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem. The only song in Te Reo Māori ever to have reached number one on the charts, Poi E was composed by visionary musician Dalvanius Prime and Māori language expert Ngoingoi Pēwhairangi, and performed by the Patea Māori Club. Through archival footage, interviews and home movies, the performers, supporters and creators of this iconic song are brought vividly to life.

Poi E was funded by the NZFC, Te Māngai Paho and NZ On Air.

The local DVD release of Poi E coincides with its international premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), at which director Tearepa Kahi will be an honoured guest. The Berlinale takes place annually in February and is one of the world’s most important film festivals, screening up to 400 films each year, predominantly world or European premieres.

The 2017 Berlinale runs 9-19 February.

Directed and executive produced by Tearepa Kahi and produced by Alexander Behse and Reikura Kahi, the film is Kahi’s second feature following 2014’s Mt Zion. Poi E had its world premiere in July 2016 as the opening night film at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Released in New Zealand in 2016 by Sony Pictures, the film took over $1.2 million dollars at the box office, making it one of the top five New Zealand documentaries of all time.

Contact: Sue May, Poi E publicist suemay@xtra.co.nz 0274 739318

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