Two NZ co-production titles took gongs this weekend at one of the world’s best genre festivals, Sitges in Spain.
Karyn Kusama’s SXSW-premiered The Invitation took the Best Picture award at an edition of Sitges that saw American titles take the festival’s top three awards.
The Invitation is produced by XYZ, which had a hand in Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands and 6 Days, and also has a broader production and distribution joint venture with Matthew Metcalfe’s GFC.
Of the NZ productions taking a trip to the stage, Canada-NZ title Turbo Kid (pictured, top) took a pair of awards in the festival’s main Sitges Competition category, winning the Youth Jury gong and also winning for Best Music.
In the Orbita Awards (films not named in competition for genre-specific awards) John Maclean won Best Director for UK-NZ co-production Slow West.
Aussie co-pro title The Gift also took a couple of awards including Best Actor for Joel Edgerton.
The Sitges Film Festival ran 9 – 18 October.
Selected winners are:
The Invitation, Karyn Kusama, U.S.
Craig Zhaler, Bone Tomahawk, U.S.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
The Final Girls, Todd Strauss-Schulson, U.S.
BEST MUSIC AWARD
Jean-Philippe Bernier, Jean-Nicolas Leupi, Le Matos Turbo Kid, Canada, New Zealand
YOUTH JURY AWARD
Turbo Kid, Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
John Maclean Slow West, U.K., New Zealand