These films will be playing before mixed audiences, and in Christchurch there's every likelihood that someone in the audience was personally affected by the shooting. Wouldn't expect people from outside Christchurch to understand, just as basically nobody outside Christchurch seemed to understand the impact of the earthquakes some years ago (and into the present). We've seen people make insensitive material about fresh tragedies before in the comp, and this tragedy is arguably worse in nature than those were. Banning guns for a year in a privately-run filmmaking competition isn't going to erode anyone's speech rights, and it's frankly the right thing to do under the circumstances.
Plus, you know, if you can't tell a story without a gun in it, you're not a good storyteller. Guns are boring. Fuck 'em.
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2018 - Poutine Wolf - "Utka" - Wish (National finalist, Chch winner)
2011-2017 - Christchurch 48HOURS City Manager
2010 - TBALC - "I Am Single" - Rom-Com (Chch finalist)
2009 - TBALC - "New Fish" - Musical (National runner-up, Chch winner)
2008 - TBALC - "Übermensch" - Horror (Chch finalist)
2007 - TBALC - "Pain Killer: The Sick Sense" - Superhero (Chch finalist)
ALSO - "As Of Yet Unfinished" (2012, unofficial); "The Contender" (2010, finals intro)