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NZ sends two to Japan

The biennial Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF) has named two NZ titles in its line-up for 2015.


Amy Taylor’s Soul in the Sea and Tomairangi Harvey’s Te Ao o te Tuturuatu will compete in the c40-title selection.

Taylor’s Soul in the Sea is currently one of the NZ titles playing in Australia at the Byron Bay Film Festival, having had its debut here almost two years ago at the 2013 edition of the NZIFF.

11-year-old Harvey’s Te Ao o te Tuturuatu took the Te Puni Kōkiri Whakatipuranga Award at December’s Outlook for Someday awards ceremony.

Harvey is the youngest filmmaker ever nominated for the Japanese event, where NZ titles have enjoyed success at the last two editions of the festival.

In 2013, Natasha Bishop’s Outlook for Someday overall winner Arboraceous took the Best Newcomer and Best Animation awards in Japan. At the time Bishop, then 17, was the youngest filmmaker to be selected for JWFF. James Muir and Oscar Hunter’s River Dog, a triple winner at Reel Earth, took the JWFF’s Environment award and also the festival’s Grand Prize.

River Dog

River Dog

In 2011 the Graf Brothers’ controversial 1080 doc, Poisoning Paradise, took the JWFF’s Conservation Advocacy Award.

The Japan Wildlife Film Festival runs in August in Tokyo.

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