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Welcome to our June newsletter. While the northern hemisphere enjoys the first days of summer, here in NZ winter has decided to follow a cold snap with a very wet holiday weekend, both bits of weather offering very good reasons to get indoors, rug up and enjoy some quality screen content.

Happily, as much this month's newsletter focuses on award nominees and winners, there's lots of good stuff to enjoy.

Here at #NZWF18 we've overflowing with content, as our Regular Submission deadline has just passed. The last days of May have delivered a rush of entries and, we're pleased to say, there's a heap of good stuff in the mix. Our Late Deadline will hit 31 July, so please don't miss it if you've a show to share.

Over the holiday weekend it was good to see our local screen industries picking up their share of the gongs in the Queen's Birthday honours list. Among those named were a couple of guys who teamed up way way back in 1977 for feature Sleeping Dogs: director Roger Donaldson (World's Fastest Indian, McLaren), and longtime producer and current head of funding agency Te Mangai Paho, Larry Parr.

Also honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday list are writer Briar Grace-Smith (Kaitangata Twitch, Grace Beside Me) and director and producer Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, The Breaker Upperers). Both women were members of the team behind last year's anthology feature Waru.

The Waru team was recently the winner of the Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga Maori Screen Excellence Awards, and Gardiner herself among the winners honoured over the weekend at this year's Wairoa Maori Film Festival. Gardiner took the WIFT Mana Wahine Award.

We'd also like to congratulate the winners at the Doc Edge festival, which announced its winners at the beginning of its Auckland leg a couple of weeks ago.

Also championing local content is the new local (read: geoblocked) online platform for kids, Heihei, which is now up and running, and looking as perky as a toddler with sugar rush. Supported by NZ On Air, it's a home for online story, game and interactive content aimed at Kiwi kids aged 5-9.

In much sadder news, we were sorry to learn that the founder of LA Web Fest, the world's first web fest, recently passed away. Emmy-winning creator and producer Michael Ajakwe (above) created the LA Web Fest in 2010. As well as a lot of messages on social media, there's a lovely tribute to Ajakwe here, written by Melbourne Web Fest creator Steinar Ellingsen.

Melbourne Web Fest itself runs at the end of this month, with Psusy, Poi Hopes & Dreams and Sui Generis the NZ titles in the mix. Other local web series named recently for international festivals include Lucy Lewis Can't Lose and The Video Store, both of which play the Seoul Web Fest in August.

Four of those five shows were award nominees or winners at #NZWF17.
Another of our NZ finalists from last year, These Two, is raising funds on Boosted for its second season. Also currently seeking support there is this year's crop of Loading Docs titles. You can give a hand to any or all of them here.

Roberto Nascimento has just released the second series of Sui Generis (above). You can catch both seasons on the Sui Generis website or on Vimeo. And, if you haven't already seen it, you can also catch the recently-released second season of Nascimento's The Adventures of Suzy Boon on YouTube.

That's it for this month, apart from the regular catch-up of open opportunities below. Thanks for reading and we'll be back in July.

June Deadlines
WebFest Berlin: 17 June, Final Deadline
Wendie Web Fest: 17 June, Final Deadline
UK Web Fest: June 30, Regular Deadline
Minnesota Web Fest: June 30, Late Deadline
Bilbao Seriesland: 30 June, Final Deadline

June Events
Die Seriale: 8-10 June
New Media Film Festival: June 12 – 14
Melbourne Web Fest: June 28 – July 1
Sicily Web Fest: June 29 – 30

If you're attending Melbourne Web Fest, you can also throw your hat in the ring for the Pitch iview. Pitch submissions close midnight Friday (8 June).

July Deadlines
NZ Web Fest: July 31, Late Deadline
Rio Web Fest: July 31, Regular Deadline
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