Katie Wolfe’s This is Her selected for New York Film Festival

9 09 2008

This is Her NZ short film starring Mia Blake as Evie

This is Her NZ short film starring Mia Blake as Evie


Katie Wolfe’s New Zealand short film This is Her has been selected to screen in official selection at the 46th New York Film Festival later this month after premiering in North America at the prestigious 35th Telluride Film Festival last weekend.

This follows nominations for This is Her in all four short film categories of the New Zealand Qantas Film and Television Awards including Best Short Film.

“We are absolutely thrilled that This Is Her has been selected to screen in such important festivals as Telluride and New York. With so many short films being made around the world, it’s a huge honour to be invited to these highly competitive festivals. These selections indicate the strength of the short film’s unique voice,” says NZFC Short Film Manager Juliette Veber.

This Is Her is a 12 minute black tale directed by Katie Wolfe about the bitter aftertaste of love. As she watches her younger self in the throes of childbirth, Evie’s devastatingly wry commentary reveals exactly what life has in store for her, her loving husband, and the six year old bitch who will one day steal his affections and destroy her life. This is Her is written by Kate McDermott and produced by Felicity Letcher and Rachel Lorimer.

“There was a lot of interest in This Is Her at Telluride, and It was heartening to see that the comedy of the film translated into the American sensibility,” says director Katie Wolfe.

“Telluride is a very small, select festival. You get to see a lot of wonderful films, and to interact with amazing filmmakers, in my case Mike Leigh and David Fincher. I also connected with a network of upcoming filmmakers from around the world.”

“Telluride was amazing, and I’m now looking forward to seeing the film with a New York audience, especially as it is playing in the revived Ziegfeld Theatre.”

Producers Rachel Lorimer and Felicity Letcher say This Is Her’s success is a testament to the storytelling talents of Katie, and of writer Kate McDermott, and the efforts of a terrific cast and crew.

“We are absolutely delighted by the response to This Is Her, both at home and overseas. Telluride has a reputation for selecting shorts from new filmmakers who go on to make feature films very quickly. New York is one of the great film festivals.

“It is fantastic to see a contemporary Kiwi story embraced by moviegoers around the world.”

This Is Her screens at the 46th New York Film Festival before the Mexican feature film I’m Gonna Explode (Voy A Explotar). The New York Film Festival showcases inspiring and provocative cinema by emerging talents and first rank international artists whose films are often recognised as contemporary classics. The festival has introduced filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese, Francois Truffaut and Wong Kar-Wai to the United States.

This Is Her was funded by the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission.

The film premiered at that Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year, and has screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The 46th New York Film Festival runs 26 September to 12 October 2008, for more information see http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff/nyff.html





3 NZ short films selected for Edinburgh film festival

9 05 2008

Mia Blake as Evie in This is Her
Mia Blake stars as Evie in the NZ short Film – This is Her
Three New Zealand short films have been selected to screen in the 62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival this June.

“Edinburgh is one of the UK’s premiere festivals, so we are thrilled to have three New Zealand short films selected this year. This Is Her, Careful with that Axe and New Educational Series: Canaries In Colour are very different films but each share a subversive sense of humour. This fits perfectly with Edinburgh’s reputation for exposing cutting edge new talent,” says NZFC Short Film Manager Juliette Veber.

This Is Her is a 12 minute black tale directed by Katie Wolfe about the bitter aftertaste of love. As she watches her younger self in the throes of childbirth, Evie’s devastatingly wry commentary reveals exactly what life has in store for her, her loving husband, and the six year old bitch who will one day steal his affections and destroy her life. This is Her is written by Kate McDermott and produced by Felicity Letcher and Rachel Lorimer.

Careful with that Axe is a two minute black comedy written and directed by Jason Stutter about a young boy who tries his hand wood chopping firewood with his father’s razor sharp axe. Finding the axe heavy, he rests his bare foot on the chopping block… The short film is inspired by the song Careful with that Axe, Eugene by Pink Floyd and it screens before the “darkly witty” British feature film Mum and Dad.

New Educational Series – Canaries In Colour is an animated pastiche of found graphic material from AV learning programs of the 1970s by Jill Kennedy. The viewer is taken on a psychedelic journey through a book of canaries, with animated excursions to scrolling landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and back again. Canaries In Colour will screens in Black Box shorts, a section dedicated to new experimental work.

This Is Her was funded by the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission. Careful with that Axe and New Educational Series – Canaries In Colour were funded independently by the filmmakers. Jill Kennedy will travel to Edinburgh to attend the screenings with assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is one of the UK’s most significant and valued cultural institutions. The festival aims to stand internationally as a festival of discovery, a celebration of cinema, a centre of debate and a catalyst for new films.

The 62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival runs 18 – 29 June 2008, for more information see www.edfilmfest.org.uk





Anzac Short films feature on Maori TV

22 04 2008

Short film makers from the Hokianga, Auckland, Gisborne, Wanganui and Otago are the inaugural winners of Maori Television’s ANZAC short film competition screening as part of the all-day broadcast, A TATOU TAONGA: ANZAC DAY 2008, this Friday April 25 at 9.00 PM.

The winners will have a unique opportunity to talk live on air about their successful entry during the ANZAC SHORT FILM FESTIVAL – a new segment of the broadcast hosted by acclaimed filmmakers Ainsley Gardiner and Tearepa Kahi and showcasing some stellar Kiwi-made short films with an ANZAC theme.

The competition – in part sponsored by Te Puni Kokiri – encouraged all New Zealanders, at home or abroad, to re-tell their own ANZAC stories on film.

Successful individuals or teams in three categories are being brought to Maori Television’s Auckland studio to receive their awards and prize packs – which include professional camera kits, literature and movie tickets – and to be interviewed about their winning work before its first official screening.

The winners are:

TAMARIKI OR CHILDREN (up to and including Year 8): Winner – Rawene Primary (South Hokianga) with Te Ra o ANZAC; runner-up – Redoubt North Primary (Manukau) with To My Dear Mother; and special mention – Green Bay Primary School (Auckland) for The Working War.

RANGATAHI OR YOUTH (Year 9-13): Joint winners – Otago Girls’ High School with Women’s War and Mentoring Maori Youth Through Film (Gisborne) with Tumatauenga: Te Hokinga Mai; and special mention – Corier ‘Ginge’ Mardell, Ben MacKay and Corben Taylor (Auckland) with No Man’s Land.

ALL AGES (18 and over): Winner – David Gunson and Richard Harling (Auckland) with Boots; runner-up – Justin Gush (Wanganui) with Maori Vietnam Veterans; and special mention – Michael Bajko (Auckland) with Hentryk Bajko DCM.

The ANZAC SHORT FILM FESTIVAL concludes with an exclusive broadcast of World War I short film Crossing The Line by Peter Jackson.

Viewers can e-mail their feedback to anzacday@maoritelevision.com during the 18-hour broadcast A TATOU TAONGA: ANZAC DAY 2008 this Friday April 25 or watch the coverage live on the website www.maoritelevision.com. Text ANZAC to 3553 (text messages cost 20c each) to book your 5.45 AM wake-up text on ANZAC Day.





NZ film selected for Tribeca Film Festival in New York

27 03 2008

Cargo short film
New Zealand Short Film – CARGO
The New Zealand short film CARGO has been selected for the short film competition of the 7th Tribeca Film Festival in New York City next month. This will be the North American premiere for Cargo, written and directed by New Zealander Leo Woodhead and shot in Prague. This follows a world premiere at the 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival in August 2007.

“We are thrilled with this selection because Tribeca Film Festival is fast becoming one of the most important film events in the U.S. The Festival was started 7 years ago as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Centre so it is a particularly resonant event for us,” says New Zealand Film Commission Short Film Manager, Juliette Veber.

Artistic Director of Tribeca Film Festival, Peter Scarlet said, “This year’s crop of short films show that these filmmakers sometimes display an imaginative flair that reminds us that a successful sprint can be just as much of an achievement as a marathon.”

Cargo portrays a young boy’s descent into the world of child trafficking. Believing he is about to cross a border to a new life, the young runaway instead discovers he is to be sold as a human slave. Through a remarkable moment of pity, he is spared – but the reprieve comes at a huge personal cost.

Woodhead explains; “I’m interested in what human beings do in order to survive, and how they can lose the essence of who they are in the process. When escape seems impossible, the boy is given the opportunity to live. But he’s dying inside because he’s losing the emotions that give him humanity.”

The film was produced by Vanessa Alexander and Woodhead, and was made as part of Woodhead’s final year thesis for the Masters of Screen Production at the Department of Film, TV and Media at Auckland University. It was Woodhead’s friendship with Martin Priess, DOP for Cargo, which lead to a student exchange organised by Auckland University and FAMU in Prague where the short was filmed.

Cargo was funded independently by Woodhead with post production funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

2,497 short films were submitted to Tribeca, with 79 selected. They will be presented in 11 thematic programmes. Cargo has been selected for Off the Beaten Path. The complete list of shorts selected for Off the Beaten Path, Tribeca Film Festival 2008 are:

Ana’s Way, directed and written by Richard Vazquez (Spain)
Angels Die in the Soil, directed and written by Babak Amini (Iran)
Cargo, directed and written by Leo Woodhead (New Zealand)
Good Boy, directed and written by Davyde Wachell (US/Brazil)
New Boy, directed and written by Steph Green (Ireland)
The New Yorkist, directed and written by Dana O’Keefe (USA)

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. Since its founding, the Festival has attracted over two million attendees from the US and abroad and has generated more than $425 million in economic activity for New York City.

The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 23 to May 4th, 2008. For more information about the Tribeca Film Festival, visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org





SHOWCASE – Short Film – Ennui

17 03 2008

Ennui is a student short film Written and Directed by Kayt Bronnimann and Produced by Lewis Bostock for the 15 Minutes of Fame Film Competition.





Saatchi New Directors Showcase call for entries

14 03 2008

The Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase, the very successful creative event held each year at Cannes (outside the main event), has issued its call for entries. “This is a brilliant opportunity for NZ directors to get onto the global stage and be seen by some of the world’s top creatives,” says Saatchi NZ’s Mike O’Sullivan. “Anybody who can submit an entry should.”

To enter, new directors (less than two years’ experience) should submit a DVD showreel including (any or all) commercials, short films, music videos, animation, titles or new filmic tequniques. All reels should be labelled ‘New Directors Showcase 2008’ and sent to Mike O’Sullivan at Saatchi Auckland. For the detail in the entry procedure, prospects should first contact him at mike.osullivan@saatchi.co.nz





Special mention for NZ short film at Berlin Film Festival

19 02 2008

Take 3 Short Film
Take 3 NZ short film
Roseanne Liang’s short film Take 3 received a special mention in the Generation 14plus competition of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. The award ceremony was held in the Babylon theatre in Berlin on Friday night. Writer/director Liang was in attendance at the ceremony along with producer Owen Hughes and New Zealand Film Commission short film manager, Juliette Veber.

Take 3 is a short film about three Asian actresses who transcend professional rivalry in one gleeful act of solidarity. The youth jury commented that “the three charismatic actresses and the fresh and wacky approach communicated with great ease by this film inspired us immensely”. Director Liang thanked all the people of New Zealand in her acceptance speech.

“We are thrilled with this award because the Berlinale is one of the top European film festivals and the competition was tough,” said NZFC short film manager Veber. “There were some fantastic short films in the Generation 14plus section. It was such a pleasure to watch Take 3 with the audiences in Berlin. The award was an honour for us.”

New Zealand was well represented at the 58th Berlinale with Take 3, Run, Taua and The Trophy screening in competition of the Generation Kplus and 14plus sections. Take 3, Run and Taua were funded by the short film fund of the NZFC. The Trophy was funded by the Screen Innovation Production Fund with post production funding from the NZFC

For more information about the Berlin International Film Festival visit http://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html

Title: Take 3
Duration: 12 mins
Writer/Director: Roseanne Liang
Producer: Owen Hughes
Logline: Three Asian actresses transcend professional rivalry in one gleeful act of solidarity