Lippy Pictures’ Jean has nine nominations at the New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Awards.
Jean has nominations for Best Actress, Camerawork, Direction, Drama Special, Original Music/Lyrics, Screenplay, Sound Design, TV Movie, and Visual Effects. At the recent NZ Film Awards, the drama was a nominee for the sole TV gong.
“I think that’s a record for one production,” said producer Paula Boock. “It’s pretty special. These international competitions really help in getting recognition for excellence and overseas sales for our productions.”
Produced by Boock and Donna Malane with support from NZ On Air, Jean was directed by Robert Sarkies and starred Kate Elliott.
Jean’s nine nominations at the US-based awards aren’t the only ones for NZ work. Also named finalists are South Pacific Pictures’ The Brokenwood Mysteries (series 3); NHNZ’s The Desert Sea: Land of the Giants; Pacific Screen’s Gloriavale – A Woman’s Place; Top Shelf’s Heritage Rescue; and Red Sky’s World Class? Inside New Zealand Education.
Other nominees with NZ connections include Singapore-based NHNZ sister company Beach House Pictures and expat Sarah Macdonald’s MAKE Productions. Beach House has one nod for Wild City – Islands and two for Otter Town. MAKE has five nominations for shows in the Undercover Asia series: three for North Korean Slaves plus one each for The Man in the Yellow Shirt and Children of the Cybersex Dens.
Also nominated is National Geographic’s series Years of Living Dangerously, for which James Cameron was among the producers.
Alexander Behse, Ivars Berzins, Amanda Evans, Donna Malane, Anna Marbrook, Kelly Martin and Mark McNeill are among the judges for the 2017 edition of the awards.
The New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Awards will be presented at ceremony running alongside the NAB Show, on 25 April in Las Vegas.