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Ever The Land over the sea

Sarah Grohnert’s Ever the Land is the first NZ title confirmed for this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). The film sold out its NZIFF premiere last month. Continuing its NZIFF run it screens twice in Christchurch this weekend.

VIFF, which runs 24 September – 9 October, will be Ever the Land’s international premiere. Last year the festival presented a handful of NZ titles: Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound, Gaylene Preston’s TV mini-series Hope and Wire, plus three shorts: Deathgasm director Jason Lei Howden’s The Light Harvester, Paul Marcus Wong’s A Long Beside, and Alyx Duncan’s The Tide Keeper, recently named this year’s NZ’s Best winner at the NZIFF.

The festival also gave a sneak peak to Tom Burstyn’s Some Kind of Love, also screening here in the NZIFF.

In late October, Ever the Land will play New York’s Margaret Mead Festival, where it’s a perfect fit for the festival’s focus on films “that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet”.

In between the North American festival outings, Ever The Land will complete at this year’s Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) Best Design Awards, where it’s a finalist in the Graphic category. The awards will be presented on 9 October.

For more information, visit evertheland.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @EVERTHELAND

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