Yamin Tun’s Wait was named NZ’s Best over the weekend, taking the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film and $3000 Wallace Friends of the Civic Award.
Wait had its world premiere earlier this year at the Sydney Film Festival.
The NZIFF awards continue a good year for Tun (pictured, top). Her short The Dream of the Driver placed second at Tropfest in February, and she’s recently been named a participant of Script to Screen’s FilmUp, to be mentored by Rolf de Heer, and one of the inaugural incubees for DEGNZ’s new incubator for female filmmakers. She has feature Burma Story in development with producer Alexander Behse (Ever the Land, Poi E).
The NZIFF’s final NZ’s Best Award, the Audience Award, went to Ursula Grace Williams’ The King. The award gives the filmmaker 25% of the box office takings for the NZ’a Best programme in Auckland, Christshurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
The four remaining finalists were Cradle (dir: Damon Duncan), Judgment Tavern (dir: Dean Hewison), Shmeat (dir: Matasila Freshwater), Spring Jam (dir: Ned Wenlock), The New Zealand’s Best 2016 shorts programme will screen around the country with NZIFF.