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Monday 14 August 2017

A Tribute to Sheila Natusch
Sheila Natusch on her honeymoon in 1950

We’re saddened to hear that Sheila Natusch has passed away, Thursday 10 August aged 91. Our hearts are warmed knowing that Sheila was able to view the film about her life, No Ordinary Sheila, with a packed auditorium in the 100 year old Paramount cinema in Wellington on Tuesday afternoon.

Our thoughts are with Hugh Macdonald, Sheila’s cousin and director of No Ordinary Sheila, Christine Dann the producer, and Sheila’s family and friends.

Hugh’s lovingly-made film tells the story of her life; a radiant, defiant and unconventional life story. What a lady. Rest in peace dear Sheila.

From the NZIFF Team 

New Zealand’s Best 2017 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the sixth annual New Zealand’s Best 2017 short film competition. The winning shorts were announced on stage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on Saturday night.

The Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at NZIFF 2017 was awarded to Waiting, directed by Amberley Jo Aumua. The jury noted in their citation that they were particularly impressed with the screenplay which contributed to the film’s success and that the filmmakers had created a story with lasting impact despite having very few resources. Director Amberley Jo Aumua receives a cash prize of $5,000.

The Jury citation follows:

“In a field brimming with imagination and craft, just about any of the NZ’s Best finalists would have made worthy winners. For us, however, Waiting shone through thanks to an engaging story, raw emotional force and ineffable charm that will linger long in the memory. Samuel Kamu’s powerful screenplay and Amberley Jo Aumua’s assured direction mark them out as prodigious emerging talents. We can’t wait to see what they create next.”

The Wallace Friends of the Civic Award was awarded to Thicket. The finalists for this award were assessed by Sir James Wallace and Associate

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Thursday 20 July 2017

New Zealand's Best Jury Announced
New Zealand's Best jury members Armagan Ballantyne, Toby Manhire and Andrew Cozens

We are pleased to confirm Armagan Ballantyne and Toby Manhire as jury members for our New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition.

Armagan Ballantyne and Toby Manhire will join Andrew Cozens, representative for Madman Entertainment, to judge six short films selected by Gaylene Preston, at a public screening of New Zealand’s Best 2017 on Saturday 29 July in Auckland.

The jury will select the winner of the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize, while a $3,000 Wallace Friends of the Civic Award will be awarded by donors the Wallace Foundation and Wallace Media Ltd, to the film or contributor to a film they deem to merit special recognition.

The winners will be announced during the closing weekend of the Auckland leg of NZIFF. The six finalists are Do No Harm (dir: Roseanne Liang), Laundry (dir: Becs Arahanga), Thicket (dir: Julian Vares), Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale (dir: Catherine Bisley), Waiting (dir: Amberley Jo Aumua), and The Dregs (dir: Matt Campbell).

Guest selector Gaylene Preston selected the six finalists from a shortlist of 12. Festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 83 entries to prepare the shortlist.

New Zealand’s Best competition also includes an Audience award. Audiences in Auckland and Wellington will be

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Monday 17 July 2017

Special Guests in Christchurch
BBC Journalist Kate Adie

This year we are delighted to welcome homegrown filmmakers and international guests at our screenings in Christchurch. You can find more information about these sessions on the film pages.

100 Men

Paul Oremland will be in attendance for a Q+A following both screenings
Wednesday 16 August, 8.30pm at Hoyts Northlands
Thursday 17 August, 2.00pm at Hoyts Northlands

6 Days

Reporter Kate Adie will be in attendance for a Q+A following the first screening
Thursday 10 August, 8.30pm at Isaac Theatre Royal

Bill Direen: A Memory of Others

Simon Ogston and Bill Direen will be in attendance for a Q+A following both screenings
Saturday 19 August, 6.00pm at Hoyts Northlands
Sunday 20 August, 5.30pm at Hoyts Northlands


Luke Korem will be in attendance for a Q+A following the screening
Friday 11 August, 8.30pm at Hoyts Northlands

Free Theatre

Shirley Horrocks will be in attendance for a Q+A following both screenings
Monday 14 August, 6.30pm at Hoyts Northlands
Tuesday 15 August, 1.45pm at Hoyts Northlands

Human Traces

Nic Gorman will be in attendance at the premiere screening on 4 August, Nadia Maxwell will be in attendance for the 15 August screening
Friday 4 August, 8.15pm at Isaac Theatre Royal  WORLD PREMIERE

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Second World Premiere Confirmed for Christchurch
One Island of Good

One Island of Good, a documentary made by and about the Christchurch YMCA, will have its world premiere at NZIFF in Christchurch on Tuesday 8 August at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

In One Island of Good, local filmmaker Tim McInnes follows 22 young people (aged 13-16) traveling to Nepal under an alternative education programme which is struggling to survive.

These teenagers were all excluded from schools for bullying, selling weed and other misdemeanours. Unwanted by mainstream educators, YMCA staff and volunteers decide to take the kids to earthquake-stricken Nepal, hoping a sense of generosity and responsibility will teach the children skills for life.

 “In Nepal, you see the small staff own up to the strain. They struggle to temper the wild reflexes of charges described as ‘part five-year old, part MI5,’ yet find the wherewithal to rouse the better instincts the trip was designed to nurture. There are no feel-good turnarounds in this impressively frank film,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

Director Tim McInnes says One Island of Good was logistically complicated and at times defeating, but ultimately worth the headaches to bring a raw account of the lives of at-risk youth and their education specialists to the screen.


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