Alyx Duncan”s The Tide Keeper has taken the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at the NZIFF. The film won for “its singular personal vision and its technical assurance”.
The Tide Keeper has won awards at international festivals and was selected in competition at Annecy in June.
75 shorts were submitted, with Christine Jeffs selecting the six finalists from Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell’s shortlist. Fiona Copland, Australian photographer and performer William Yang and Madman’s Michael Eldred.
Mike Jonathan’s Ow What!, for which Timoti Tiakiwai won Best Actor at Wairoa in June, took the $3000 Wallace Friends of the Civic Award for distinctive creative achievement.
A jury of cinematographers selected Grant McKinnon, cinematographer on Hash Perambalam’s Not Like Her won the $2000 NZCS Allen Guilford Cinematography Award.
Ivan Barge”s Madam Black, won the 2015 Audience Award, which delivers 25% of the box office takings from screenings in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
This year’s NZIFF closes its extended run in Auckland on Wednesday 5 August; in Wellington 9 August, with visits to other centres confirmed until late September. The NZ’s Best Shorts programme screens in all centres.