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Tropfest confirms new ambassadors

Tropfest NZ has announced the addition of actor Melanie Lynskey and director Tearepa Kahi as festival ambassadors, adding to an impressive ambassador line-up.

Lynskey hails from Tropfest’s hometown New Plymouth and appeared in the 2012 finalist film A Kiwi Legend. Known for her award-winning debut in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, she’s well-known overseas for Two and a Half Men and features including Sweet Home Alabama and Hello I Must Be Going.

Other small screen work has included HBO’s Togetherness and, recently, British pilot Our Ex-Wife. Lynskey’s currently in the country shooting Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie’s adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover down in Christchurch.

In a statement, Lynskey said, “It’s always exciting to see new talent emerging and I am happy to be involved with an organization that is helping people’s creative visions be seen. The best way to learn how to make films is to start making films!”

Tearepa Kahi’s doco Poi E: the story of our song is currently on release. His previous feature was Mt Zion, 2013’s highest-earning local release. His partner and producer Reikura presented on the Hui-A-Tau panel Waking Up To Wahine last weekend.

CEO Suzanne Porter of the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust, the organisers and presenters of Tropfest NZ said, “It is a real joy to welcome our new ambassadors to the Tropfest NZ family. They’ve both made outstanding contributions to the film industry and will no doubt be sources of inspiration to our filmmakers.”

Current Tropfest NZ ambassadors include Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Sara Wiseman, Martin Henderson, Robyn Malcolm, John Barnett, Vincent Ward and Katie Wolfe.

Entry criteria are simple: films must be 7 minutes or less, and must include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) for 2017, which is FLAME. Submitted films must be able to have their world premiere at Tropfest NZ.

This year’s entry deadline is 25 November. Tropfest NZ will run 18 February at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth.

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