Following the announcement of Amberley Jo Aumua’s NZ’s Best-winning Waiting for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TiFF) a couple of weeks back, Nic Gorman’s Human Traces (pictured, top) and anthology feature Waru have now been announced. Both features are playing in this year’s NZIFF.
“We are extremely pleased that such distinctive films have been selected to screen in Toronto this year,” NZFC CEO Dave Gibson said.
The announcement of Human Traces was expected, following the announcement of actor Vinnie Bennett for TIFF’s talent dev programme Rising Stars .
Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu and Katie Wolfe wrote and directed the segments, with Kiel McNaughton and Kerry Warkia producing. Funding was provided by Te Māngai Pāho, NZ On Air, Māori Television and the New Zealand Film Commission. Waru will be released in New Zealand by Vendetta Films.
Gorman’s Human Traces was produced by Nadia Maxwell, with investment from the New Zealand Film Commission and Random Films. eOne will release the film in New Zealand on 16 November. International sales will be handled by Film Mode Entertainment.