The NZIFF handed out the three prizes in this year’s short film competition to two films, Sam Kelly’s Lambs and Thomas Gleeson’s Home. The announcements were made on the final weekend of the festival’s Auckland leg.
Lambs (written and directed by Sam Kelly, produced by Tom Hern) picked up the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize, a cash prize of $5000 for the Best New Zealand Short Film, along with the Audience Award, which will deliver 25% of the net box office takings from the screenings in the four main centres, which is expected to be of similar value to the Jury Prize. Audiences in Auckland and Wellington got to vote for the award.
The Friends of the Civic Short Film Award for distinctive creative achievement, a cash prize of $3000, went to Home (produced by Thomas Gleeson and Pip Walls).
The four finalists who missed out were 43,000 Feet (Campbell Hooper); Ellen Is Leaving (Michelle Savill); Milk & Honey (Marina Alofagia McCartney); and Night Shift (Zia Mandviwalla).