New Zealand's Best 2013

Six short films were finalists for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition. Competing for three cash prizes, the winners are announced at the closing night of the Auckland leg of NZIFF. In 2013, Friday Tigers won the jury and audience prize for NZ's Best short film at #nziff
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I'm Going to Mum's by director: Lauren Jackson -- Jacob is eight years old and his parents dress him funny. Stuck in the middle of a fresh divorce he takes drastic fashion action to make himself heard. #nziff

I'm Going to Mum's by director: Lauren Jackson -- Jacob is eight years old and his parents dress him funny. Stuck in the middle of a fresh divorce he takes drastic fashion action to make himself heard. #nziff

Here Now by director: Chelsie Preston-Crayford -- Inspired by Lena Dunham's Girls, Here Now explores the dilemma of the modern day twenty-something. Tess and her friends have no problems, but are they really living?#nziff

Here Now by director: Chelsie Preston-Crayford -- Inspired by Lena Dunham's Girls, Here Now explores the dilemma of the modern day twenty-something. Tess and her friends have no problems, but are they really living?#nziff

Friday Tigers (Nga Taika o Te Ramere) by director: Aidee Walker -- When an unexpected friendship threatens Ana’s secret world, can she find the courage to deal with her past for the sake of her future?  #nziff

Friday Tigers (Nga Taika o Te Ramere) by director: Aidee Walker -- When an unexpected friendship threatens Ana’s secret world, can she find the courage to deal with her past for the sake of her future? #nziff

Director Lauren Jackson of I'm Going to Mum's

Director Lauren Jackson of I'm Going to Mum's

Director Oscar Kightley and an actor during the production of Tom's Dairy

Director Oscar Kightley and an actor during the production of Tom's Dairy

Tom's Dairy by director: Oscar Kightley -- A poignant and humorous short film about a young boy growing up in West Auckland in 1981.  #nziff

Tom's Dairy by director: Oscar Kightley -- A poignant and humorous short film about a young boy growing up in West Auckland in 1981. #nziff

Interim by director: Dan Kircher --  A young and green police officer is implicated in the assault of an arrestee.  #nziff

Interim by director: Dan Kircher -- A young and green police officer is implicated in the assault of an arrestee. #nziff

Blind Mice by director: Walter Lawry -- In the small Auckland drug scene, a young woman, Jules, finds her life complicated by an unwanted pregnancy. #nziff

Blind Mice by director: Walter Lawry -- In the small Auckland drug scene, a young woman, Jules, finds her life complicated by an unwanted pregnancy. #nziff


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New Zealand women directors and the 48 Hours competition (again): Francesca Jago, Gaylene Preston (pictured) Laurie Wright, Ruth Korver. Includes podcast. #women #film #competition

New Zealand women directors and the 48 Hours competition (again): Francesca Jago, Gaylene Preston (pictured) Laurie Wright, Ruth Korver. Includes podcast. #women #film #competition

Rachel House, a New Zealand actor/director. When she moves from theatre and short films to directing a feature, watch out!!!

Rachel House, a New Zealand actor/director. When she moves from theatre and short films to directing a feature, watch out!!!

Kath Akuhata-Brown (pictured) on Merata Mita, via Maoriland Film Festival https://www.facebook.com/notes/māoriland-film-festival/merata-mita-kath-akuhata-brown/717699768250471

Kath Akuhata-Brown (pictured) on Merata Mita, via Maoriland Film Festival https://www.facebook.com/notes/māoriland-film-festival/merata-mita-kath-akuhata-brown/717699768250471

Amy Taylor's story of one woman's quest t befriend and protect an extroverted wild dolphin http://www.nziff.co.nz/auckland/film/bfec4f9e-fa93-4399-acaa-bc07d88a9f99

Amy Taylor's story of one woman's quest t befriend and protect an extroverted wild dolphin http://www.nziff.co.nz/auckland/film/bfec4f9e-fa93-4399-acaa-bc07d88a9f99

The women finalists in New Zealand's Make My Movie, competing for $200k to make their movie. Please vote if you like one of them. Just a FB LIKE! http://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/make-my-movie-womens-horrors-to-vote-for.html

The women finalists in New Zealand's Make My Movie, competing for $200k to make their movie. Please vote if you like one of them. Just a FB LIKE! http://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/make-my-movie-womens-horrors-to-vote-for.html

Ramai Hayward is a pioneer of New Zealand cinema and is credited as this country’s first Māori filmmaker, camerawoman, scriptwriter and screen star. Her 'Eel HIstory Was a Mystery' is one of my favorite films. http://www.nzonscreen.com/person/ramai-hayward

Ramai Hayward is a pioneer of New Zealand cinema and is credited as this country’s first Māori filmmaker, camerawoman, scriptwriter and screen star. Her 'Eel HIstory Was a Mystery' is one of my favorite films. http://www.nzonscreen.com/person/ramai-hayward

Here is actor/director Loren Taylor, in Juliet Bergh's 'Existence' which won the NZ Script Awards Best Script last year. This article is about the gender statistics in NZ feature filmmaking: http://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/a-problem-or-two.html

Here is actor/director Loren Taylor, in Juliet Bergh's 'Existence' which won the NZ Script Awards Best Script last year. This article is about the gender statistics in NZ feature filmmaking: http://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/a-problem-or-two.html

Emily McDowell, like Lala Rolls, is a director associated with Major Arc. Here's an interview with Emily, about her Saving Tuna film ttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/new-movie-aims-to-boost-efforts-to-save-new-zealands-eels/1035468

Emily McDowell, like Lala Rolls, is a director associated with Major Arc. Here's an interview with Emily, about her Saving Tuna film ttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/new-movie-aims-to-boost-efforts-to-save-new-zealands-eels/1035468

Brita McVeigh. This is an excerpt from her short film Thinking About Sleep. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iARJrAmpokE

Brita McVeigh. This is an excerpt from her short film Thinking About Sleep. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iARJrAmpokE

Always love it when there's an interview with a New Zealand woman director!! http://portable.tv/film/post/say-goodbye-to-someone-you-love-with-michelle-savills-ellen-is-leaving/

Always love it when there's an interview with a New Zealand woman director!! http://portable.tv/film/post/say-goodbye-to-someone-you-love-with-michelle-savills-ellen-is-leaving/

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