The NZ Mountain Film Festival has concluded its Wanaka run and handed out its 2014 gongs, including one to a former Reel Earth winner.
Tim Pierce’s Red Bull Mates in Alaska took the festival’s Best NZ Made Film/Hiddleston-MacQueen Award, with the Film Editing Competition being won by Carla Braun-Elwert for her 2-minute short What Will You Do in Wanaka?.
Braun-Elwert is a graduate of the Otago Uni Masters in Science Communication course, watched over by NHNZ. In 2010 she and co-director Jane Adcroft won the Best NZ Film and Best NZ Emerging Talent awards at Reel Earth with Love in Cold Blood – the twisted tale of the long-running courtship between two tuatara, 111-year old Henry and 80-year old Mildred, at the Southland Museum.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt described the film as “an inspiration to older males”.
Love in Cold Blood went on to win three awards (Best Newcomer, Merit for Narration and Merit for Script) at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF). It was also a finalist at Wildscreen in the UK in 2010.
Two years later, Braun-Elwert won at Wildscreen, taking the Editing Award for The Green Universe. She also presented as a member of the festival’s Inside Story panel.
The NZMFF runs in Queenstown Thursday 10 and Friday 11 July.