WIFT NZ has announced the finalists for its awards.
Two of the nominees took SPADA awards late last year. Screentime’s Philly de Lacey, named Independent Producer of the Year by SPADA, is nominated for the Images & Sound Award for Success in Television at the WIFT awards. Alyx Duncan, SPADA’s New Filmmaker of the Year and winner of Show Me Shorts Oscar-qualifying Best Short Film award, is nominated by WIFT for the Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch award.
The judges determined that there should be only one finalist for the Outstanding Contribution to the NZ Screen Industry gong. All the winners will be announced at an awards party on 24 February in Auckland. Tickets to the event are now on sale.
WIFT’s judging panel is Christina Milligan (Chair), Vicki Jackways, Robin Laing, Jill Macnab, Kelly Martin, Fiona Milburn, Hineani Melbourne and Julia Parnell.
*** Correction: an earlier version of this article mistakenly credited Great Southern as the winner, not sponsor, of the Outstanding Contribution to the NZ Screen Industry award
The WIFT Awards finalists are:
South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film
Leanne Pooley for Beyond the Edge
Miriam Smith for The Ground We Won
Chelsea Winstanley for What We Do in the Shadows
Images & Sound Award for Success in Television
Tash Christie for Neighbours at War, Showtime and Nabbed for Greenstone TV
Philly de Lacey for Screentime New Zealand’s body of work first broadcast between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2015
Bronwynn Wilson for Jono and Ben
Queenstown Camera Company Entrepreneurship Award
Bettina Hollings, Imagination Television Ltd
Robyn Scott-Vincent, The Attitude Group
Michelle Walshe, Augusto Ltd
Professional Lighting Services Award for Unsung Heroine of the NZ Screen Industry
Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch Award
Te Reo Māori Champion Award
Outstanding Contribution to the NZ Screen Industry
One nominee only, who’ll be announced as winner at the event