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New Zealand’s Best 2018 Winners Announced
Falling Up

Congratulations to the winners of the seventh annual New Zealand’s Best 2018 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 2018 was awarded to Falling Up.

Director Chelsie Preston Crayford received a cash prize of $5,000.

The Jury citation follows:

“It's days later and we're still thinking about Falling Up, a film that effortlessly unravels not only the exhaustion and heartache and grief of being a recently-separated young mum, but the mundane joy, the unending love, and the moments of quiet triumph.

Chelsie Preston Crayford balances roles as mother, writer, director, and performer in a film that captures a rare emotional complexity. Falling Up had us laughing one moment and close to tears the next. A masterful, stand-out film in this year's line-up.”

The inaugural Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award was awarded to Charmer.

Director Judah Finnigan receives a cash prize of $4,000.

The Jury citation follows:

“It's astounding that Charmer is Judah Finnigan's first foray into film: his direction is assured and his writing is sharp as hell. Matt Henley's cinematography and Chris

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Meet the NZIFF Interns: Zoe Pattinson Fan, Publicity Intern 2018
Zoe Pattinson Fan

How did you score your role at NZIFF?

I’ve always wondered what goes into the workings of organising a large-scale film event, so when I came across the call for applications on the NZIFF website I immediately sent in my CV and hoped for the best.

What does your role involve?

I assist the communications manager and team (both in Wellington and in Auckland) with all things related to getting the word out about films. I help to organise media releases, respond to inquiries, archive interviews, and coordinate publicity material for the films we’re screening during this year’s festival.

What are your must-see films during NZIFF 2018?

The Wild Pear Tree, Woman at War, Wildlife, First Reformed, Burning.

Aside from getting to see loads of films, tell us why you signed up for the gig?

Having recently graduated from university, I was eager to gain access to the film industry and NZIFF is the perfect beast to kickstart that experience for me.

What’s it like at NZIFF?

One thing I’ve definitely learnt is that women rule this office! Girl power all the way. It’s lovely being part of the team, everyone has a great comradery to just get the job

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Meet the NZIFF Interns: Liam David Reid, Outreach Intern 2018
Liam Reid

How did you score your role at NZIFF?

If I’m being honest, pure chance. One of the staff here asked if I’d be interested in joining the team…always the way in Wellington – you never know when you’ve met someone who a few months later will bring you onboard the coolest little film festival in New Zealand.

What does your role involve?

I’m an intern for the Outreach team, which means I’m essentially helping the wider public to become aware of the wonderful array of films on offer at this year’s NZIFF.

What are your must-see films during NZIFF 2018?

Mandy, Rafiki, Climax, Mirai and Virus Tropical.

Aside from getting to see loads of films, tell us why you signed up for the gig?

To learn more about the film industry and how to get your work in front of a cinemagoing audience. Ultimately, these audiences are the most important people in the industry because the films are made for them – it’s their support that allows more stunning movies to be made. Helping to bolster this support is an absolute honour.

What’s it like at NZIFF?

I’ve met a range of truly lovely and friendly people during my time here with

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Meet the NZIFF Interns: Jean Teng, Auckland Intern 2018
Jean Teng

How did you score your role at NZIFF?

A friend sent me a DM on Instagram of the advertised role saying, “You should apply for this.” If I was a believer in signs, that surely was one.

What does your role involve?

I help the Comms team by doing things like creating and setting up cinema and library displays, designing targeted Outreach campaigns and sending them (if you got one for French or Japan films – that was me!), assisting at events, helping out with media-related publicity stuff, researching and reaching out to community contacts, and doing a bit of admin here and there.

What are your must-see films during NZIFF 2018?

Angels Wear White, Happy as Lazzaro, Little Woods, Skate Kitchen, New Zealand’s Best and more…

Aside from getting to see loads of films, tell us why you signed up for the gig.

The role includes a lot of things that I love and am interested in – film, marketing, community, people. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about what goes on behind a film festival from great people who know what they’re doing and have tonnes of knowledge.

What’s it like at NZIFF?

The team here are all superwomen

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NZ’s Best Jury and New Award Announced
From left to right: Briar Grace-Smith, Luke Murray, Rosabel Tan

A jury of three have been announced to judge the New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition. Briar Grace-Smith, Rosabel Tan and Luke Murray will decide the winners of the Madman Jury prize and Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award, to be announced on Saturday 4 August.

Six short films have been selected by Leon Narbey as finalists for the annual Short Film Competition, NZIFF’s only competition section. The total prize pool is now valued at over $17,500 with the addition of a new Creative New Zealand prize for emerging talent. Winners to be announced at the closing night event of the Auckland leg of NZIFF.

The six finalists are Charmer (dir: Judah Finnigan), Falling Up (dir: Chelsie Preston Crayford), My Friend Michael Jones (dir: Ian Leaupepe, Samson Rambo), No Shame (dir: Brendan Donovan), Run Rabbit (dir: Robyn Paterson), and Sail Away (dir: Ella Becroft, Tama Jarman).

The jurors are:

Briar Grace-Smith (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai), ONZM, is an award-winning author and screenwriter. Her debut feature-length film The Strength of Water screened at NZIFF 2009, and her film was one of the eight stories in Waru which had its world premiere at NZIFF 2017.

Rosabel Tan is the founding editor of

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