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NZIFF increases prizes for shorts competition

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) New Zealand’s Best short film competition will now have a combined prize pool of over $14,500 with the addition of a cinematography prize in 2014.

The inaugural Allen Guilford Cinematography Award will include a cash prize of $2,000. A unique crafted and engraved Pan Glass and a one year membership to NZCS will also be presented to the winner.

The Award joins the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize, a cash prize of $5,000 for the Best New Zealand Short Film; the Friends of the Civic Short Film Award for distinctive creative achievement, a cash prize of $3,000; and the Audience Award, 25% of the net box office takings from the screenings in the four main centres (in 2013 valued at $4,500).

Winners are awarded at the closing night of NZIFF in Auckland. This year`s combined prize pool for NZ’s Best short film competition will be approximately $14,500.

NZCS will provide a three member jury to judge the award-winning short film. The Allen Guilford Cinematography Award will be presented by the NZCS president Richard Bluck at the closing night of the Auckland leg of NZIFF, Saturday 2 August.

Filmmakers who wish to enter their short film for consideration are encouraged to submit before 17 April. NZIFF programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell will shortlist NZ short films for a guest selector. An announcement regarding the guest selector will be made later in April. Acclaimed filmmakers Roger Donaldson and Alison Maclean have previously guest selected the NZ’s Best short films.

NZIFF in Auckland screens until 3 August, in Wellington until 10 August, in Dunedin from 31 July to 17 August, and in Christchurch from 7 to 14 August before continuing around the country. The NZ’s Best Shorts programme will screen in every NZIFF regional programme.

For NZIFF updates visit NZIFF. For full information on submitting a film to NZIFF go here.

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