North America’s largest genre fest, Fantasia, has rolled out its full line-up, finding room for a pair of NZ shorts. The films join Pork Pie, which was named in the festival’s teaser announcement late last month.
April Phillips’ short REM (pictured, top) and Ned Wenlock’s Spring Jam are the Kiwi shorts joining the line-up.
REM has also had a successful festival run, collecting 2017 gongs at the WorldFest International Film Festival, Global Independent Film Awards, and Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, where it took Best Horror Short (Foreign) and Best Sound Design (for Tane Upjohn-Beatson).
Ahead of Fantasia, REM will compete at the Madrid International Film Festival, where writer/director/actress Phillips is up for Best Lead Actress in a Short Film and Best Original Screenplay Short Film.
Premiered last year at Annecy, Spring Jam (pictured, above) was a finalist last year in the NZIFF’s NZ’s Best competition and won Oscar qualification at Show Me Shorts in October. It was also played at the world’s most prestigious shorts fest, Clermont-Ferrand, earlier this year.
Fantasia runs 13 July – 2 August.