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Welcome to our April newsletter

Here in Auckland, summer and our first submission deadline for #NZWF19 are now in the rearview mirror. So, a great big thank you to all who submitted your shows. As the crap weather and nights draw in we’re going to be sifting through the pile and checking out all your wonderful work. We may even be tempted to announce an early selection or two.

Although we’re just getting into the swing of things for #NZWF19, other festivals have already announced their line-ups or wrapped their 2019 editions. Done and dusted as of last weekend are Buenos Aires Web Fest and HollyWeb Festival. Congratulations to all their winners.

Among the award nominees named for Miami Web Fest are no fewer than 20 shows we’ve already had the pleasure of presenting, including two of our local winners at #NZWF18: Ao-terror-oa and Baby Mama’s Club.

Congrats also to the shows announced for northern Spain’s Carballo Interplay, which runs this week. They include #NZWF18 winners Bidune Kaid (Lebanon) and NZ’s own Subject: Dad. Fellow NZ show AFK, is also selected. Italy’s newest web fest, Apulia, has been rolling out its programme announcements. AFK (below) is again in the mix, along with #NZWF18 winner Sui Generis).

The Canada-NZ Digital Media Fund has named this year’s lucky winners of largesse, with both projects destined for kids platform HEIHEI here in NZ. Congrats to Gibson Group for Bug Hunter! and CAB Productions for Kids Cookout.

Here at home, we were excited to see our Instagram account pass 500 followers in early March. Then we watched it shrink to 491, and it spent the rest of the month doing a very good impression of a yo-yo, passing through the nicely-rounded 500 no fewer than 13 times. Thanks to everybody who helped us pass 500 on the way up. And a digital middle digit to those pesky unfollowers.

We were much more happy to see one of our #NZWF18 finalists, Mia Maramara (Foodie, below), named as a participant in the recent Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts’ Aotearoa Short Film Lab. As well as being a finalist at #NZWF18, Mia’s web series pilot The Year of Yes was also a finalist in last year’s TVNZ New Blood competition.

Congrats also to the winners of the Te Māngai Pāho pitch awards at Nga Aho Whakaari’s recent hui, and to the eight filmmakers named for Script to Screen’s FilmUp mentoring programme.

Looking for trade…
Loading Docs has recently revealed the eight films for this year’s edition. All are now shaking their collection tins on Boosted, raising funds to help complete their films. The image below is Katherine McRae’s Water Baby, which hit its funding target on day one. Give them a hand if you can.

With the help of our 2019 team, we’ve started adding content to our website a little more regularly. Check out Aimee’s catch-up with the team behind #NZWF18 Pilot finalist Touch Wood here. Keep an eye out for more content later this month. As always, if you’ve got something to skite about, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll haelp spread the word.

Wrap your eyeballs around…
a veritable feast of fresh-from-th’oven fare from around Aotearoa. In a nod to the recent International Women’s Day, it’s mostly woman-led content this month.

For a longer-form watch on a bigger screen, one of the core cast of Pot Luck, Nikki Si’ulepa, releases a feature film in cinemas next week. Same but Different is a dramatised version of the real-life tale of Nikki’s relationship with producer Rachel Wills. Check out the trailer here and head on over to flicks.co.nz for screening info.

E-Tangata’s series Conversations is now all available. Just starting out is the Spinoff’s webseries spinoff of podcast On the Rag (top image).

Maori TV’s bi-lingual Ahikāroa has been winding up for season two with a beautifully-shot social media promo campaign (below). If you haven’t seen season one, catch up here and learn some essential te reo phrases along the way. Your starter for 10 is ep 1’s “Mea pai kia whiwhi raho koe”.

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Published on 2 April 2019