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Panda Awards look close to home

The biennial Wildscreen Panda Awards has announced its 2016 nominees, with a hefty local bias in the finalist line-up.

The 43 productions nominated (from 900 entries) across 20 categories come from just 10 countries, Half of those 10 countries have a single nomination, while UK productions (including co-productions) have 34 nominations. US productions have 19 and all others combined 18.

This year there are no NZ nominees, which is disappointing given a solid track record at the event in recent editions.

Guy Ryan & Nick Holmes’ Carving the Future (2010), Jane Adcroft & Carla Braun-Elwert`s Love in Cold Blood (2010) and Rachael Patching & Roland Kahurangi`s Gone Curling… (2012), were all nominated for the New Filmmaker award. At the 2014 edition Ashwika Kapur’s Sirocco won the category.

The most-nominated production for this year’s Panda awards is Silverback Films’ The Hunt, with six nods. Silverback is the most-nominated production company, with wight nominations.

This year’s Panda Award winners will be announced on 13 October as part of the Wildscreen Festival (10 – 14 October).

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