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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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Wednesday 28 June 2017

We Expand NZIFF Online with VOD
Love Story by Florian Habicht

We are expanding NZIFF online with the launch of an online screening platform supported by SHIFT72.

Films from the back catalogue of Florian Habicht, Summer Agnew, Adam Luxton, Jeremy Dumble, Simon Ogston, and Rebecca Tansley are now available to rent on NZIFF’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform ondemand.nziff.co.nz. The VOD initiative has been made possible with sponsorship from platform provider SHIFT72. SHIFT72 are leading providers in Secure Video On Demand Technology, powering large entertainment brands such as SXSW Film Festival, Austin (TX) and Cannes Film Festival, France.

“Seeing how limited the opportunities for post-NZIFF life can be for some of our favourite films, we are expanding our screening capabilities to include Video On Demand. A small initial selection of previous NZIFF titles is now available anywhere in NZ that internet allows. In the future we anticipate making much more use of this new platform, with simultaneous NZIFF premieres online and in the cinema. NZIFF On Demand will also provide the opportunity to extend the availability of many titles currently confined to big city screens,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

SHIFT72 is a New Zealand Video Technology company that provides Secure Video on Demand Platforms to the Entertainment Industry. SHIFT72’s Technology

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New Zealand's Best 2017 Finalists
Do No Harm

The New Zealand’s Best finalists will compete for a total of three prizes, with winners to be announced at the closing night event 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 Fairy Tale (dir: Catherine Bisley), Waiting (dir: Amberley Jo Aumua), and The Dregs (dir: Matt Campbell).

“Congratulations to all the filmmakers. This collection reflects a genuinely energetic sharing of skills from the film industry at large to support storytellers with something to say. And congratulations too, to NZIFF in providing the space to showcase this talent pool to a wider audience.” says Gaylene Preston.

Audiences at the New Zealand’s Best in Auckland and Wellington will be asked to vote for their favourite. The Audience Award winner takes away 25% of the box office from the New Zealand’s Best screenings in the four main centres – in 2016 valued at over $4,000.

A jury of three will select the winner of the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize. The participation of Sir James Wallace together with the Wallace Foundation and Wallace Productions Ltd will continue the Friends of the Civic Award. The $3,000

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You Asked for Them: Three Further Films Confirmed for NZIFF
I Am Not Your Negro

Remember the Oscars? Two of these films made the final round and one of them most definitely should have.

20th Century Women

Annette Bening captivates as a single mother enlisting Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning to help raise her 15-year-old son in this funny, nuanced memoir of late 70s lifestyles from director Mike Mills (Beginners).

I Am Not Your Negro

This Oscar-nominated documentary draws an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin.

My Life as a Courgette

This soulful and subversive Oscar-nominated feature uses stop-motion animation to tell the unconventional story of an orphan named Courgette. From the key animator on Fantastic Mr Fox, and adapted for the screen by Girlhood’s Céline Sciamma.

Gaylene Preston to Select NZ’s Best
Gaylene Preston

Five to six selected New Zealand shorts will premiere in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch where audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite short from Preston’s shortlist. Previous Guest Selectors have included Lee Tamahori (2016), Christine Jeffs (2015), Andrew Adamson (2014), Alison Maclean (2013), and Roger Donaldson (2012).

Gaylene Preston is one of New Zealand’s most recognised and valued filmmakers, with a screen career spanning four decades and writer, director and producer credits covering feature films, documentaries and TV drama series. In 2001 she was honoured by the New Zealand Arts Foundation, becoming New Zealand’s first Filmmaker Laureate. In 2002 she was appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to filmmaking. Preston is the recipient of a WIFT NZ Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2016 New Zealand Women of Influence Award for Arts and Culture, the SPADA Industry Champion Award and the Services to Cinema award in the 2017 NZ Film Awards (the “Moas”). Her work includes Mr Wrong (1985), War Stories Our Mother Never Told Us (1995), television series Bread and Roses (1993) and Hope and Wire (2014). Preston’s latest film My Year with Helen will screen at NZIFF 2017.

This year we received

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