Announcing the #NZWF18 Official Selections
If you’re one of those who submitted to us, please accept our thanks. We’d like to note that although we received almost the same number of submissions this year as we did in 2017, we felt the overall quality had gone up quite considerably this year. This meant it was much harder for us to say no to shows but, in order to keep the programme to a reasonable size, we had to keep chipping away at the list of the many shows we loved.
The #NZWF18 Official Selections line-up runs to 63 titles, hailing from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Local shows include crime drama Alibi, created by David de Lautour (Westside’s Fred West) and featuring Joel Toebeck (Ash vs Evil Dead, Hillary, Shortland Street), and Hanelle Harris’s Baby Mama’s Club. Also named are the winners of last year’s TVNZ New Blood pilot competition, Oddly Even, and the NZ TV Awards Best Web Series gong, Loading Docs: Diversity.
Among the selections are several old friends. They include second seasons of NZ’s own Lucy Lewis Can’t Lose, featuring Thomasin McKenzie; The Adventures of Suzy Boon and Sui Generis, both from creator Roberto Nascimento; Ness Simons’ Wellington-set lesbian dramedy Pot Luck; and the Hamlet-inspired Tragicomic by the prolific Candle Wasters, whose Bright Summer Night and Happy Playland were both finalists at the NZ Web Fest last year.
More local titles are returning in this year’s line-up of factual shows: Attitude’s Glimpse, rangatahi/youth show Hahana, and Uapoifalemalu from the second season of Someday Stories.
The international line-ups bring back more of Herman Wang’s Potterverse-inspired The Spell Tutor from Canada; Tom Chamberlain’s American noir The Pantsless Detective; the all-new Mona Lisa Cowboy from Atsushi Ogata, creator of Yukata Cowboy; and Strut by Misha Calvert, who made last year’s Tinder is the Night.
Last year Aussie shows won the NZ Web Fest awards for Best Animated Show (This is Desmondo Ray!) and Best Narrative Show (High Life). Aussie series again make a strong showing in this year’s international line-up. The festival’s 10 Aussie selections include buddy show Homecoming Queens, featuring Liv Hewson (Top of the Lake season 2 and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet); cannibal drama Patricia Moore, featuring NZ’s Danielle Cormack (Rake, Shortland Street, Wentworth); and crazy crime caper Skinford. Between them, these three Aussie selections took home seven awards from Melbourne WebFest in July.
The full line-up of Official Selections is here.
The nominees for the #NZWF18 awards will be announced on Tuesday 9 October. The full festival programme and ticket info will be available from Monday 15 October. Follow our social media channels to keep up to date with all our announcements.
This year’s NZ Web Fest, #NZWF18, runs 17-18 November at Media Design School, Auckland.