The NZIFF has announced the six finalist films which will compete for cash prizes at this year’s festival.
Alison MacLean (Kitchen Sink) has made her selections, which compete for three prizes: the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize; the $3000 Friends of the Civic Award; the Audience Award, which delivers 25% of the box office from festival screenings in the four main centres – and was last year worth more than the Jury Prize.
The finalist films are: Oscar Kightley’s Tom’s Dairy; Walter Lawry’s Blind Mice, (recently selected for an Israeli festival); Lauren Jackson’s I’m Going to Mum’s which has been doing the rounds of international festivals since completion last Spring; Dan Kircher’s Interim ; Aidee Walker’s Friday Tigers; and Chelsie Preston-Crayford’s Here Now.
Tom’s Dairy, Interim, Friday Tigers and Here Now receive their world premieres at the festival.
Judging will be by 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).