Festival Open and Award Winners Announced!The 2012 festival kicked off with a bang to a sold out crowd at The Capitol in Auckland with our Opening Night and Awards. A big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the festival, all of the outstanding nominees, and our wonderful partners.
Our judges had a tough job narrowing the field with so many great films and then a tougher one with such brilliant nominees. Paul Campion said of Night Shift, winner of 4 coveted awards, “The performance was tight, the unravelling was captivating.” Rene Naufahu described the films that had the biggest impact on him:“inescapable, claustrophobic, unpredictable, urgent and other-worldly yet at the same time liberating, a huge breath of fresh air, slow-burning and (best of all!) on our doorstep”.
If you are in Wellington, you can enjoy all the winning films at the Paramount on November 8 Opening Night, along with a glass of wine from Soulo and an ice cream from Rush Monro’s. (Click to book).Without further ado, this year’s winners are:
- Show Me Shorts Best Film – Matt Noonan & Chelsea Winstanley ‘Night Shift’
- Special Jury Prize – Richard Mans ‘Abiogenesis’ – awarded for his incredible technical accomplishment (for just one person) resulting in a beautifully designed CGI film.
- SDGNZ Best Director – Sam Kelly ‘Lambs’
- Script to Screen Best Screen Play – Zia Mandviwalla ‘Night Shift’
- SDGNZ Best Editor – Jeff Hurrell ‘Lambs’
- Best Student Film – Lauren Eisinger & Katherine France ‘Kia Kaha’
- Panavision Best Cinematographer – Ari Wegner ‘Night Shift’
- StarNow Best Actor – Anapela Polataivao ‘Night Shift’
- Best International Film – Jannine Barnes ‘The Wilding’