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Award Winners Announced 2020

The winners of the Show Me Shorts awards have been unveiled. Eight awards were given out to the creators behind six short films.

The Department of Post Best NZ Film Award went to Tweedie Waititi and Cian Elyse White for Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro). This film also took out the Panavision Best Cinematographer Award, presented to Fred Renata. The judges say, All of this film’s elements come together and work in harmony to realise a story set within the fragile balance of joy and inevitable sadness of father-daughter relationships. It left an enduring emotional impact on us.”

Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) screens in the Aotearoa Online section of the programme, so it is available online for viewers across New Zealand during the next three weeks. There are 30 cinemas across the country now also screening selections of short films from the programme.

The Best International Film Award was presented to Erenik Beqiri, Olivier Berlemont, Émilie Dubois, Ermir Keta and Amantia Peza for The Van. This French/Albanian short film has won numerous awards around the world. The jury comments, “The choices Erenik Beqiri has made with every aspect – casting, camera position, edit, colour palate and narrative – have resulted in a beautiful film. The director’s voice is distinctive and confident, and we can’t wait to see more of his work.”

Here is the full list of winners:

  1. Department of Post Best NZ Film: Tweedie Waititi and Cian Elyse White for Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro)
  2. Best International Film: Erenik Beqiri, Olivier Berlemont, Émilie Dubois, Ermir Keta and Amantia Peza for The Van (France/Albania)
  3. DEGNZ Best Director: Isaac Knights-Washbourn for Money Honey
  4. Final Draft Best Screenplay: Kathryn Burnett and James Cunningham for Prickly Jam
  5. DEGNZ Best Editor: Dylan Pharazyn for Career by Wax Chattels
  6. Panavision Best Cinematographer: Fred Renata for Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro)
  7. Toi Whakaari Best Actor: Margaret Sydenham for Hot Chocolate
  8. NZ on Air Best Music Video: Emma Mortimer and Dylan Pharazyn for Career by Wax Chattels

This is the second time Margaret Sydenham has won the Toi Whakaari Best Actor award. She also won this award in 2019 for her role in Hush. The new film Hot Chocolate is a tense drama directed by David Hay in which Margaret plays a young woman who discovers a dead body and tries to shield her young sister from this knowledge, while alerting authorities to the incident. David Fane, one of the jury members for the national section of the Show Me Shorts Awards, comments, “Margaret Sydenham gives a gut-wrenching, truth-soaked performance demonstrating skill and nuance.” Hot Chocolate screens as part of the Moments of Truth section of the programme.

A music video directed by Dylan Pharazyn won two of the awards. Career by Wax Chattels took out both NZ on Air Best Music video and DEGNZ Best Editor. The judges were impressed with the quirky take. “This is a wonderfully crafted and original story that thinks outside the box, providing an excellent and beautiful accompaniment to the music’s energy,” they say.

As Show Me Shorts is an Academy Awards-qualifying festival, the top two films are now qualified to enter the Oscars. Other prizes include $7,500 cash, $12,000 worth of camera gear rental from Panavision, $10,000 worth of post-production services from Department of Post, $5,000 of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, copies of Final Draft writing software, membership to DEGNZ, flowers from Enchanted Rose, certificates and engraved bronze winners’ brooches. The total prize pool is valued at more than $50,000.

In addition to the awards listed above, audience members can vote for the SAE People’s Choice Award during the festival, by completing the survey.

The juries were made up of these highly regarded screen industry practitioners:

  • David Fane – renowned actor
  • Enrico Vannucci from Venice Film Festival
  • Jasmin McSweeney from the NZ Film Commission
  • Michelle Bristow – successful producer
  • Nick Ward – award winning screenwriter
  • Philp Ilson from London Short Film Festival
  • Steve Newall from Flicks.co.nz

Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2020 is presented by Stuff. There are 78 short films and music videos in the programme. The films are now screening at cinemas nationwide until 23 October. Three of the eleven themed sections of the programme are also available for viewers in New Zealand to enjoy online during the next three weeks.