City finalists are now named across most of the country. By the end of next week the local heroes will all be known and setting their sights on national glory.
Taranaki was the first region to get itself sorted. The early risers have already completed judging and found their winners a week ahead of anyone else getting it together.
Regulars Tanked Engines and Rubber Soul took the winner and runner-up spots. Rubber Soul had five wins overall including ones for Best Song and Best Actor (Dinnie Moeahu) – both of which categories the team won at the Grand Finals back in 2011.
In Wellington, regulars Traces of Nut appear to have hit a speed bump. The team was 2013 Grand Champion with The Sleeping Plot and the winner of the inaugural Make My Movie competition in 2012 (with How to Meet Girls). This year, the team has a single city finals nomination, for cinematography.
Auckland comes in last, rounding out the city finals on 3 May. Today the Auckland finalists were announced, with a good number of previous podium-botherers in the mix.
With decisions now being made, films no longer in the running are beginning to appear in the online Screening Room. Once the city finals are complete, attention will focus on the Grand Finals. Friday 30 May will be the night to try to remember come Saturday 31.