Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland City Winner

Awkward Animations - Unfinished Symphony

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Runner-up

I Love Loops - Loot & Blunder

Finalists

  • Angle3 Pictures - Memories Of Kevin
  • Apple Fork - A Matter Of Time
  • Battle Cat Delta Force, Go - Heist Latte
  • Chillybox - Making A Splash
  • Disqualified Tim - We built and destroyed a full sized B17 bomber specifically and only for this competition. Also known as "Banana Boys"
  • Lil Kings - Long Haul
  • Mitchell's Here - Ata
  • OGC - Order For Help
  • Oh Boy! - This Unbelievable Prank...
  • PickleThugs - Goddess Of The Night
  • Quarter Of A Glass - Super Scam
  • Snack To The Future - Judy
  • The Creamery - In Deep

Shortlisted Films

(15 of the shortlisted films will be selected as finalists).

  • Autopilot Films - The Dripping
  • Chubby Rain - The Lifesaver
  • Cool Story Bro Film - The Lonley Loser's Guide To Flatting
  • Cream Demon - Quench
  • Devil's Advocate - Fia's Fatu
  • Free Cinematic Luts - Shit Chat
  • Going Loco - Bombing Around
  • lemon lemon - Toasted
  • Marchmallow - Beep
  • The Bee Gees - Womb Raider

Awards

WIFT Outstanding Female Filmmaker

That's What Big Sister's Are For - Braid The Wife's Fur (Sarah Dawes)

Nominated:

  • Toasted - Lemon Lemon (Kaia Jamieson)
  • Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops (Lianne Booton)
  • The Lonely Loser's Guide To Renting - Cool Story Bro Film (Amber Leigh Stevens)
  • Long Haul - Lil Kings (Ruby Griffin)

City Manager Award - Best Ensemble Performance 

Do Mandroids Dream Of Electric Beads - Syzygy Studios

Nominated:

  • Heist Latte - Battle Cat Delta Force, Go
  • PI Dick's Private Eye and Dick Service - Brothers In Crime
  • Goddess Of The Night - PickleThugs
  • Super Scam - Quarter Of A Glass

Best Director 

Unfinished Symphony - Awkward Animations

Nominated:

  • We built and destroyed a full sized B17 bomber specifically and only for this competition. Also known as "Banana Boys" - Disqualified Tim
  • A Matter Of Time - Apple Fork
  • Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops
  • Judy - Snack To The Future

Best School 

Operation: Snuffles - Sleep Is For The Week

Nominated:

  • Three By Three - Fun Team
  • Asset: Unknown - King's College Fredrick
  • The Last Five - King's College Cedrick
  • The Mysterious Case Of Captain Sparklepants - Flying Nuns

Best Performer

Shit Chat - Free Cinematic Luts (Louis Sammons)

Nominated:

  • Memories Of Kevin - Angle3 Pictures (Ann An)
  • We built and destroyed a full sized B17 bomber specifically and only for this competition. Also known as "Banana Boys" - Disqualified Tim (Tim Hamilton and Kimre Viviers)
  • That's What Big Sister's Are For - Braid The Wife's Fur (Sarah Dawes)
  • Judy - Snack To The Future (Phoebe Hurst)

Best Script

In Deep - The Creamery

Nominated:

  • Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops
  • A Matter Of Time - Apple Fork
  • Unfinished Symphony - Awkward Animations
  • Shit Chat - Free Cinematic Luts

Best Cinematography 

Memories Of Kevin - Angle3 Pictures

Nominated:

  • In Deep - The Creamery
  • The Dripping - Autopilot Films
  • Snack To The Future - Judy
  • Making A Splash - Chillybox

Best Production Design

We built and destroyed a full sized B17 bomber specifically and only for this competition. Also known as "Banana Boys" - Disqualified Tim

Nominated:

  • Background Quest - The Backup Plan
  • Long Haul - Lil Kings
  • Tiny Town - Filmsplats
  • Do Mandroids Dream Of Electric Beads - Syzygy Studios

Best Animation 

Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops

Nominated:

  • Unfinished Symphony - Awkward Animations
  • Āta - Mitchell's Here
  • Background Quest - The Backup Plan
  • Womb Raider - TheBeeGees

Best VFX 

We built and destroyed a full sized B17 bomber specifically and only for this competition. Also known as "Banana Boys" - Disqualified Tim

Nominated:

  • Tiny Town - Filmsplats
  • Bleeding Love - Media Melt
  • A Matter Of Time - Apple Fork
  • Unfinished Symphony - Awkward Animations

Best Editing

We built and destroyed a full sized B17 bomber specifically and only for this competition. Also known as "Banana Boys" - Disqualified Tim

Nominated:

  • In Deep - The Creamery
  • A Matter Of Time - Apple Fork
  • Heist Latte - Battle Cat Delta Force, Go
  • Making A Splash - Chillybox

Best Sound Design

We built and destroyed a full sized B17 bomber specifically and only for this competition. Also known as "Banana Boys" - Disqualified Tim

Nominated:

  • Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops
  • Āta - Mitchell's Here
  • Memories Of Kevin - Angle3 Pictures
  • Making A Splash - Chillybox

Best Original Score / Song

Making A Splash - Chillybox

Nominated:

  • Womb Raider - THE BEE GEES
  • In Deep - The Creamery
  • Do Mandroids Dream Of Electric Beads - Syzygy Studios
  • Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops

Best Under 18 Film

Toasted - Lemon Lemon

Nominated:

  • Tsunami - Mango
  • Shits And Gigs - Pak Film 4 Spielberg 6
  • Art Of War - Pak Film #1
  • The Wacky Adventures Of Paul - Pak Film #2

Best Disqualified Film

Clocked Out - UNE

Nominated:

  • The Last Of The Styrits - Something Price
  • Donors - The Black Box

Best Use of Genre

Shit Chat - Free Cinematic Luts

Nominated:

  • Do Mandroids Dream Of Electric Beads - Syzygy Studios
  • Āta - Mitchell's Here
  • Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops
  • The Lonely Loser's Guide To Flatting - Cool Story Bro Film

Best Use of 'Something Invisible' or 'Package' 

Heist Latte - Battle Cat Delta Force, Go

Nominated:

  • Quench - Cream Demon

The Invisible Gun - Sports Team

  • Lil Bro - Jovial Entertainment
  • The Lifesaver - Chubby Rain

Best Use of Character 

Shit Chat - Free Cinematic Luts

Nominated:

  • The Lonely Loser's Guide To Renting - Cool Story Bro Film
  • The Dripping - Autopilot Films
  • Background Quest - The Backup Plan
  • Super Scam - Quarter Of A Glass

Best Use of Sound Effect 

Bombing Around - Going Loco

Nominated:

  • Asset: Unknown - King's College Fredrick
  • Loot & Blunder - I Love Loops
  • Rural Retreat - Heavy Pet Portarits
  • The Wake Up Call - Donnor Haleb

Best Use of Technical Element

Spoonraiders - Medstud Productions

Nominated:

  • Making A Splash - Chillybox
  • Heist Latte - Battle Cat Delta Force, Go
  • Courting Assistance Technology And Matchmaking Expert - Wolf Pack
  • Seeing Red - Stepani

Judges

Lisa Taouma

 

Lisa Taouma is a director and producer who has a laufala bag spilling over with Pasifika screen credits.

She has directed on Tagata Pasifika, helmed TV2’s Polyfest and made documentaries on subjects from Samoan tattoo to fa’afafine.

She produces pioneering PI youth show Fresh with Mario Gaoa, and in 2014 launched Polynesian online community Coconet.

Taouma also wrote short films Brown Sugar and Talk of the Town.  


James Roque

 

Comedian, writer, motion-sickness sufferer, James is the Filipino step-son of New Zealand comedy. A favourite on the scene, he has been part of the New Zealand
International Comedy Festival since 2012 and has put on multiple successful seasons. 

In 2019, James debuted his latest show Boy Mestizo to sold out audiences in Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, and Auckland. He garnered a nomination for the Fred Award for Best Show in the 2019 NZ International Comedy Festival.

James’ New Zealand television credits include being a panelist on Three's 7 Days and performing on the 2018 New Zealand Comedy Gala and AotearoHA: Driving Stories. James was also featured on Three's Jono and Ben and the host of the Week in Five.

He's also one third of the sketch group Frickin Dangerous Bro, alongside Pax Assadi and Jamaine Ross. Their latest series Frickin Dangerous Bro: On the Road is streaming on TVNZ OnDemand.

Richard Falkner

 

Richard Falkner is a Wellington-based filmmaker, writer, actor and archivist.

He has made a bunch of 48Hour films, several of which have won Wellington, and was part of the 2013 Traces of Nut team which won the National Final with The Sleeping Plot.

Richard also co-wrote and starred in the micro-budget feature How to Meet Girls From a Distance, winner of the inaugural Make My Movie contest.

He has just finished writing another feature film and is currently helping wind through every nitrate film in New Zealand with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

His recent acting credits include Savage, Cousins, and Wellington Paranormal.

Richard has watched nearly every New Zealand feature film ever made (frame by frame). Richard loves 48Hours and is looking forward to watching your films!

Hweiling Ow

 

Upon arriving in New Zealand, Hweiling Ow was bitten by a radioactive weta that made her fall stupendously in love with film-making.

She has since developed multi-hyphenated skills in the areas of producing, writing, directing, and acting.

Hweiling has been taking the world by storm with her online digital series and short horror films that have garnered millions of views. She has also successfully received New Zealand funding for numerous local productions.

Like a moth drawn to a flame thrower, she is attracted to telling genre stories with a migrant twist. Her quirky, cheery view of the world influences the type of projects that captivate her.

Cole Meyers

 

Cole Meyers is a writer, activist, and educator. Cole is the writer and co-producer for the recent critically acclaimed film Rūrangi. 

He works as a consultant on trans and gender diverse narratives and inclusion in film, television, web series and theatre, including at Shortland Street, where he is currently a dialogue writer and previously a story-liner. 

Cole is a regular speaker and interviewee on trans representation, and is passionately focused on supporting the authentic representation, creative opportunities and powerful potential of gender diverse people.

Guy Pigden

 

Guy Pigden is a writer, director, editor, and producer who recently completed his second feature film Older, distributed by Indie Rights. Older is currently available through Amazon, Tubi, and Google Play.

His first feature film I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (funded by the NZFC through the Escalator initiative), which he wrote and directed, enjoyed a successful international festival run premiering at London’s Frightfest.

The film won the Independent Spirit Award at Sydney's Night of Horror International Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2015 New Zealand Writers Guild Awards.

Luanne Gordon

 

 Luanne Gordon has been working as a professional actor in the film and TV industry for over two decades.

Most recently, she played Margaret Baine in the mini-series Black Hands.

In her downtime, she likes to write her own short films and, alongside working as a dialogue writer for Shortland Street, Luanne is currently working on her first feature-length script.

Karl Burnett

 

When he left Shortland Street in 2005 after 14 years and 3100 episodes, Karl Burnett was the soap's longest-serving cast member.

His often comical character Nick Harrison stole many scenes, romanced at least eight Shortland characters, and watched as longtime love Waverley Wilson was kidnapped.

Post-Shortland, Burnett has worked on and off camera, and reported on video games for 2003 show Screenshot.

In 2010 he master-minded and co-starred in low budget comedy Captain Amazingly Incredible and the Space Vampires from the Evil Planet. In 2019 Burnett hit the headlines, after withdrawing from reality show Celebrity Treasure Island.

Kirsty Hamilton

 

Kirsty Hamilton is of Māori (Tuhoe), Scottish, Irish, English, and German/French descent.

She graduated from the New Zealand Drama School at 20, went on to play "Grace" in Costa Botes' feature Saving Grace and in 2007, obtained the SGCNZ International Fellow at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

In 2014 she earned an Honours Degree in Screen Production from the University of Auckland and was selected by the DEGNZ in 2016 for the Inaugural Female Film Incubator and by the NZFC to take part in their Accelerator program for the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Cold, Kirsty's third short film, starred Matthew Sunderland and had its premiere at the Sandy Dennis Film Festival (USA) in 2018. Kirsty is currently working on her debut feature, Without Sin/Harakore.

She's excited about seeing, yet again, what the motivated, talented filmmakers are able to create with the amazing platform of creativity that is 48Hours!

Kirsty Donoghue

 

Kirsty Donoghue is the Attraction Executive at Screen Auckland.

Kirsty has enabled 1000’s of projects to navigate the shores of Tāmaki Makaurau through facilitating on the ground production and attracting international studio projects. 

Her love of all things film started from a young age, growing up with the gaze of 80’s classics #falcor.

When not working or watching content, Kirsty can be found exploring the Waitakeres for that magic hour shot and attempting to beat her top score on the daily stuff quiz.

Steve Barr

 

Steve is the Commissioner for Drama and Scripted Comedy for Television New Zealand. 

He's been hired to write a dozen or so screenplays in the New Zealand, American, and Chinese industries, two of which have been produced - Timeslow and Born To Dance.

He has produced nearly 20 short films and two features - Chronesthesia and Hang Time.

Steve is a member of the WGA, WIFT, and SPADA, and served as President of the NZ Writers Guild.