Running to a bit of a tighter timeframe this year, the third edition of the NZ Film Awards or Moas as their gongs are known, has opened for submissions. Get your skates on, because they’ll close in less than a fortnight.
Last year, Shopping had an absolute stonker of a night, cleaning up seven awards from a not remotely unlucky thirteen nominations. It’s unlikely any one title will repeat such a feat this year because – as had been said many times already – it’s been a bloody good year for local features.
“This year feels like a milestone of sorts for NZ film and to not celebrate the momentum built from several
strong features would be criminal,” said Ant Timpson. “Sometimes awards shows seem to be an excuse for the industry to party – this year we feel it’s our damn duty to pay witness to a phenomenal year of Kiwi cinema.”
This year the qualifying dates for submissions are for films that had a first public screening between 7 October 2013 and 13 October 2014. That means The Dead Lands qualifies, as it was required to make a seven day commercial theatrical run before it could be considered for the Foreign Language Oscar.
Entries are now open for a category list pretty much the same as last year’s. Awards are available in various feature, short and doc categories, with a single TV category, the NZ on Air-sponsored Best Television Feature.
“For the past two years, The Moas has done a great job honouring the best of the best in a fun and much anticipated calendar event,” said Dave Gibson, CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission. “I recommend locking December 12 into your diaries. There’s also a rumour, that’s hopefully true, that it will be shorter this year.”
Submission info is here. Entries close at 5pm, Monday 13 October.
The finalists will be announced on Monday 24 November, with the gongs handed out on Friday 12 December. The event will be live streamed on NZ Herald Online, and later broadcast on Rialto Channel – which is as nice a way as any to end the year.