Aidee Walker’s short Friday Tigers took both the Madman and Audience Awards at the second outing for the NZIFF’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition.
The Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film ($5000) will be topped up with further cash from the Audience Award. That prize is 25% of the box office for screenings of the competition programme during the festival in the four major centres. Based on last year’s numbers, the festival expects the prize to be of similar value to the Madman Award.
The judges were Metro Magazine editor Simon Wilson, Michael Eldred for Madman Entertainment and producer Bridget Ikin (An Angel at My Table, My Year Without Sex, The Rocket, William Yang: My Generation). Alison Maclean selected the six finalists from a shortlist of 12 prepared by festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell.
The jury was unable to agree on a recipient for The Friends of the Civic Short Film Award for distinctive creative achievement to any one film in the 2013 Best of New Zealand Short Film programme. The $3000 prize money will be held over and added to the Friends of the Civic award in 2014.
The NZIFF has now completed its Auckland run, screens in Wellington until 11 August, in Christchurch to 18 August, and in Dunedin from 8 August to 25 August. The NZ’s Best Shorts programme will screen in every NZIFF regional programme.
The six finalists were:
- I’m Going to Mum’s, Director/Screenplay: Lauren Jackson Producers: Jeremy Macey, Andrew Cochrane
- Interim, Director/Screenplay: Dan Kircher Producer: Roimata Magregor
- Tom’s Dairy, Director/Screenplay: Oscar Kightley Producer: Elizabeth Mitchell
- Here Now, Director/Producer/Screenplay: Chelsie Preston Crayford
- Blind Mice, Director/Producer/Screenplay: Walter Lawry
- Friday Tigers, Director/Screenplay: Aidee Walker Producer: Julia Parnell