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Kiwi titles head for SBIFF

The Santa Barbara IFF (SBIFF) revealed its 2016 programme last week, naming one NZ feature and a number of shorts for its 2016 outing.

Leanne Pooley’s 25 April will have its US premiere in the festival’s International line-up, having had its world premiere in Toronto last September.

Ivan Barge’s well-travelled Madam Black (pictured, top) will play in the Comedic Shorts line-up. During 2015 the short won awards at international film festivals in Gijon, Leeds and Rhode Island IFF, as well as collecting the NZ’s Best Audience Award at last year’s NZIFF.

James Cunningham’s Accidents, Blunders and Calamities is described in the SBIFF programme as a world premiere, despite already being a winner at Show Me Shorts. Cunningham’s film will in SBIFF’s Animated Shorts line-up, alongside Janette Goodey & John Lewis’ Aus-NZ short The Story of Percival Pilts.

Expat Benedict Wall has a world premiere for his short Best Mates, which will play alongside Madam Black in Santa Barbara’s Comedic Shorts programme. Credited as an Australian title, Best Mates features fellow expat Jessica Grace Smith who was last seen here in Jason Stutter’s My Life as a Koont.

Among the festival’s honorary awardees is Saoirse Ronan. Named last week an Oscar nominee for Brooklyn, produced by expat Finola Dwyer, Ronan will receive an Outstanding Performer of the Year Award. Australian actor Joel Edgerton will receive one of five Virtuoso Awards presented to “emerging film artists”.

While in Santa Barbara, Barge and Cunningham’s shorts will also be playing in competition in France at Clermont-Ferrand. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs 3 – 13 February.

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