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Tropfest Roughcut runs out in Auckland

The New Plymouth-hosted short film competition delivered an inspiring line-up of speakers in Auckland last week. All the speakers had interesting things to say and, in the case of Getty Images’ Arran Birchenough, good news to share.

Writer-director Max Currie and Getty Images’ Arran Birchenough flew the local flag, actor and writer Tony Briggs and strategist Sheri Candler flew in. Kate Rodger MCed without fear or favour.

The evening was capped with the screening of winning and finalist films from previous editions of Tropfest NZ, Australia and New York.

For the second time last week (having also been a panellist at the Writer’s Room) Max Currie spoke entertainingly about Everything We Loved. He talked about his lack of experience of making short films but his love of making teaser trailers (something the NZFC will now support under its Premiere Shorts scheme). Currie shared the teaser and release trailers from Everything We Loved, charting the journey the film had taken in between, and also shared a little information about and the teaser trailer for his (hopefully) next feature, Life (in Subtitles).

For the uninitiated Arran Birchenough offered a basic introduction to Getty Images’ services and commented on the stock footage contribution to Sarah Cordery’s recent NZIFF doco notes to eternity. Birchenough also shared some quality clips and explained the partnership Getty Images and Tropfest had just announced.

The deal will deliver for free a good amount of Getty’s library of stock still and moving imagery plus music and sound clips for Tropfest contestants. The absence of a Q&A meant nobody got to ask if the clips on offer included any featuring Tropfest NZ’s 2015 signature item, wire, but a quick trip to Getty Images’ Tropfest page would be a good place to start looking.

Getty is also adding to the Tropfest competition’s prize pool with one-year and one-month iStock Signature image subscriptions for finalists, worth over $11,000 all up.

Australian Tony Briggs is best-known internationally for adapting 2012 feature The Sapphires from his stage play. He offered a generous, gentle, humour-filled and self-deprecating performance in which he elevated the various artistic talents of pretty much his entire family tree above his own.

screeNZ’s interview with Sheri Candler will run on Wednesday.

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