Bella Pacific Media’s web series Amy Street took the top award at Melbourne Web Fest last night (Sunday), winning the Grand Jury Award at an event that was otherwise heavy on French and French-language winners in the categories open to international competitors.
Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick developed Amy Street from their 2014 Loading Docs film Wayne, picking up NZ On Air Digital Media Fund support for the series. It’s played a number of international film and web festivals since its premiere in September last year.
Amy Street was also nominated in Melbourne for the Best International Non-Fiction and Best Editing (Prisca Bouchet).
Until the Grand Jury Award, the final award of the evening, was announced it had looked like being a disappointing night for Kiwi shows at the Melbourne Web Fest Awards. Auckward Love and High Road each had nominations in a couple of categories, going head to head for the International Comedy Award. Auckward Love also went head to head with Amy Street in the Editing category, but none of the other nominations bore fruit.
Another winner in Melbourne with NZ connections was the winner of the Best Supporting Actor award, Australian Benson Jack Anthony, whose spent a fair bit of time here recently playing Erik Thomson’s son in SPP’s 800 Words. In Melbourne, Anthony won for his role in High Life, which also picked up the Best Aussie Comedy gong.
High Life is currently #2 in the Web Series World Cup rankings, and will move into top spot with its wins in Melbourne. The present #1, Canadian comedy Orazio’s Clan, beat Auckward Love and High Road to the International Comedy gong. High Road is currently the highest-placed NZ show in the Web Series World Cup rankings at #5.
The main international winner in Melbourne was French/French-language series, five of which took awards – including Waynak: Where Are You? which beat Amy Street to the International Non-Fiction award.
The Melbourne WebFest ran 29 June – 2 July.