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Industry finalists at NZIBA

Finalists are announced for this year’s New Zealand International Business Awards, with screen industry companies making a strong showing. Last year Movio was a nominee, with software company Serato also picking up a nod.

The nominees compete in a number of categories for $25000 prizes. Category winners compete for a further $25000 and bragging rights as overall winner.

90 Seconds, “the Uber and Airbnb of video production”, gets two two bites at the cherry, nominated in the ANZ Best Medium Business and Excellence in Innovation categories. In the former category it competes against a screen industry spin-off business, Hobbiton Movie Set Tours (pictured, top).

Last week Flux farewelled founder Brent Chambers following his sudden death. This week the company, which did the animation for Leanne Pooley’s 25 April, is nominated in the NZIBA’s Excellence in Design category, which is supported by Special Group.

Kiwa Digital, which recently announced the pilot for co-production Mythical Creatures, has a nomination in the He kai kei aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export. Kiwa competes in the category against Ngai Tahu Tourism. The iwi also has its fingers in some digital pies and earlier this week announced the production of Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu.as its second web series following the success of Mahinga Kai.

The New Zealand International Business Awards run 24 November in Auckland.