Ant Timpson

 

Anthony Timpson was created in Auckland, New Zealand. He grew up watching films at The Crystal Palace Theatre in Mt Eden and for a short time Hollywood, Los Angeles.

After being expelled from Otago University for heresy, he began a lifelong career in all facets of the film industry. Since the mid ’80s he has rolled ice-creams, programmed cult films for Sky TV, short film programmes, produced television and feature films, ran devolved government film funds and mentors many filmmakers.

His distribution company has released specialist product to NZ audiences since 1993 (Slacker/ The Room) His 35mm print archive is the largest personal film archive in the Southern Hemisphere. He launched ‘The Incredibly Strange Film Festival’ in 1994, it is now a section within the New Zealand International Film Festival.

His national film event 48Hours began in 2003 and is now in it's 16th year. He has also conceived and produced the anthology series The ABCs of Death for Magnolia Pictures and has executive produced or produced the following films The Devil Dared Me To, Turbo Kid, Housebound, Deathgasm, The Greasy Strangler, The Field Guide to Evil. He was recently awarded the inaugural Art Entrepreneur of New Zealand - he is married with two children, one cat, one bearded dragon, 5 chickens and 40,000 bees.

Ant Timpson Solo/Duo Award

This year (2018) I will be giving an award to the best film from the courageous teams that enter as a solo or a duo team. Each year these people push themselves to the utter limits, using every skill set they have and losing precious brain cells from the lack of sleep. I will be putting up $1000 for the winning film from this sub-group of extreme film-makers!