The Indie Film Awards are one significant international avenue open to Independent film makers the world over. 2014 is the year in which two films made by Christchurch-based film and theatre production company CAS’n’OVA PRODUCTIONS struck gold.
Film and Stage Producer/Director Craig Hutchison’s two short films both shot in Wellington in 2013 received Gold Trophies and he is receiving his trophy in New Zealand today Thursday 24 June. His current plan for the naked gold trophy is to sit in on his desk in Sydenham in Christchurch.
The two short films were: ‘Letter For Hope’ and ‘Utu Pihikete’ are both written by Wellington writer April Phillips. Wellington’s Raquel Roderick was the director of Letter For Hope, with Craig being the 2nd Director. Utu Pihikete was directed by Craig.
“It is great to receive this recognition, and while this doesn’t have the profile of the big high budget awards ceremonies, the Indie Film awards recognise quality independent productions. The festival’s awards are given to film professionals selected by a panel of judges who are also film professionals. These awards are more about quality than just name recognition and who is hot,” said Craig Hutchison, executive producer of both films.
“It’s hard to lose the smile from winning this; hundreds of films are entered in this event and don’t win, but we did. We’ve proved again we do it better against higher budget productions,” he said.
The Indie Fest recognizes film professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film industry.
From the Indie Fest website: “The Indie Fest is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices. It is a user-friendly competition. Indie awards go to those filmmakers, actors, producers and members of the creative team who create fresh, standout films, television programs, compelling documentaries and new media.”
The films were professionally produced with a budget of $50,000, each funded by CAS’n’OVA PRODUCTIONS.