The NZIFF has announced a record crop of Kiwi documentaries for this year’s edition, putting up ten in this year’s programme.
At last year’s NZIFF Film Cafe session with Costa Botes, he spoke about festival selection Daytime Tiger and then offered attendees a sneak peek of what’s now become this year’s selection, The Last Dogs of Winter. Shortly after the NZIFF, it was confirmation as a selection for Toronto.
Occasional correspondent and full-time Hungarian Laszlo Kriston interviewed Botes in Toronto about Last Dogs.
Almost a year on, it gets its NZ premiere, having played Amsterdam’s IDFA and Sydney en route. Variety called it “A wilderness lover’s delight… this intimate, gorgeously rendered documentary”.
Pietra Brettkelly’s Maori Boy Genius premiered in Berlin this year, has since screened in Sydney, is currently at Sheffield Doc/Fest and has had market screenings at other international festival markets including Hong Kong.
Like Last Dogs, it also received positive reviews from international media.
All of the eight remaining films being presented in this year’s NZIFF will receive their world premieres in the festival.
Dan Salmon’s Pictures of Susan was pitched at DocNZ’s Pitching Forum in 2009, shortly after Salmon had commenced shooting. It won the $1,500 Best Pitch award, sponsored by the NZFC, and sees the light of day over three years on. As NZIFF Director Bill Gosden noted in the announcement of this year’s NZ documentary line-up, there remains a “paucity of infrastructural support for our documentary filmmakers.”
The remaining seven docos selected are: Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith’s How Far is Heaven?, Mathurin Molgat’s Song of the Kauri, Norman Meehan’s Persuading the Baby to Float, Peter Young’s The Last Ocean, Paora Joseph’s Tatarakihi: the Children of Parihaka, Paul Janman’s Tongan Ark and Michael Heath’s Village By the Sea.
The NZIFF opens in Auckland (19 July – 5 August); screens simultaneously in Wellington and Dunedin (27 July – August 12); then Christchurch (9 – 26 August). Further regional dates will be advised as confirmed.
The full Auckland programme will be launched Tuesday 26 June, with the Wellington programme later that week.