Andrew Beattie’s short The Hunting Party has won Best Short Film at the first annual Terror-Fi Film Festival in Wellington.
The win comes with a $10,000 grant for services prize from Avalon Studios, designed to help kick-start his next project. The film was unanimously voted Best Short ahead of some strong competition from throughout the country.
The Terror-Fi Film Festival is a showcase of the very best horror, thriller, and sci-fi from around the world, and for its first year presented the top genre short films New Zealand has produced in the last 10 years. The festival kicked off with a screening of The Girl With All The Gifts, presented by EP Chris Moll, who’s recently joined the NZFC as Investment Executive.
“The festival is a great way to showcase and celebrate our best talent,” says festival director James Partridge. “The feedback on the short film programme was incredible. We need to encourage more content like this to be made here.”
The Hunting Party was directed by Andrew Beattie, written by Andrew Beattie and Nick Ward, produced by Maile Daugherty, and shot by Simon Raby.
In a bittersweet twist, The Hunting Party was not able to screened at the festival itself due to it being deemed worthy of an R-rating; placing it in a queue that was unable to be fast-tracked in time for opening night. However, given it was already an official selection the film was still eligible for judging.
Beattie credited the film’s cast and crew, Images & Sound and also the NZFC, which supported the film via its Fresh Shorts scheme. (Applications for Fresh Shorts’ next round close on 19 January).
“Major thanks to James and the Terror-Fi Film Fest,” Beattie said. “I’m really excited about working with Avalon – thanks to their generous support – and Nick Ward and I are already cooking something up to capitalise on this opportunity ASAP.”
The Short Film Programme at The Terror-Fi Film Festival was generously sponsored by Avalon Studios and Screen Wellington. Avalon’s generosity with the prize was backed up by Screen Wellington’s continued commitment to support new initiatives and talent development opportunities throughout the screen sector.
The Terror-Fi Film Festival ran 23-26 November at The Roxy in Wellington. The festival partners and sponsors all see the festival as being part of a bigger picture: to encourage, develop, sell and show more genre content from New Zealand.