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Two NZ winners in France

The south of France’s annual Festival des Antipodes came to a close on the weekend, its awards presented Sunday morning (NZ time). Despite this year’s selection being light on Kiwi titles, two came away winners.

The world’s most-travelled dead cat, Ivan Barge’s Madam Black, took the short film gong. The short also played as the sole NZ representative in the festival’s Cannes programme in May.

Last year Whirimako Black took the Best Actress prize for White Lies. This year, Miriama McDowell (pictured, top) took the same award for Andrea Bosshard & Shane Loader’s The Great Maiden’s Blush, the sole NZ feature in the competition line-up. What We Do In The Shadows and 25 April played out of competition.

The Festival des Antipodes ran 10 – 16 October in St Tropez, France. The 2016 winners were:

Grand Prix

Best Actor
John Brumpton (Pawno)

Best Actress
Miriama McDowell (The Great Maiden’s Blush)

Prix Nicolas Baudin du court métrage/short film prize
Madam Black

Audience Award
Last Cab to Darwin

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