75 films were whittled down to a dozen from which Christine Jeffs has now selected this year’s six finalist for the NZIFF’s short film competition, New Zealand’s Best. Two winners from Wairoa are named, as is one which is off to compete at Annecy next week.
Tim Worrall’s Tits on a Bull took three of the four short film prizes at Wairoa over Queen’s Birthday weekend, while Mike Jonathan’s Ow What! took the other.
Alyx Duncan’s The Tide Keeper, already a winner in Warsaw and Whistler, has been travelling the international festival circuit for a year.
Also competing are Ivan Barge’s Madam Black, supported via Fresh Shorts in 2012 and which had its premiere at Dances with Films less than two weeks ago; Christian Rivers’ 2014 Premiere Short Feeder; and Hash Perambalam’s Not Like Her.
The films will compete for the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize, $3,000 Wallace Friends of the Civic Award, $2,000 Allen Guilford Cinematography Award and the Audience Award, which is worth 25% of box office from screenings in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
The NZIFF will announce more shorts later, including the Ngā Whanaunga programme of Māori and Pasifika shorts.
The NZIFF’s full programme will be available in Auckland on 23 June, in Wellington on 26 June, and rolled out into other centres from then. This year’s NZIFF runs in Auckland 16 July – 2 August; in Wellington 24 July – 9 August, with visits to 10 other centres confirmed until late September.
The New Zealand’s Best Finalists are:
Feeder, Christian Rivers
Madam Black, Ivan Barge
Not Like Her, Hash Perambalam
Ow What!, Michael Jonathan
The Tide Keeper, Alyx Duncan
Tits on a Bull, Tim Worrall