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And the Winners were...

Taika Waititi's family orientated, action-adventure film The Hunt for the Wilderpeople was the big winner at last night's Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards.

The film, an adaptation of Barry Crump's novel Wild Pork and Watercress, won a whopping seven awards at last night's glamorous ceremony. It made a clean sweep of all the biggies including Best FilmDirector and Screenplay.

The film's stars Julian Dennison, Sam Neill and Rima Te Wiata all received nods for their work taking home Best ActorSupporting Actor and Supporting Actressrespectively, while the movie's spectacular wild boar no doubt helped it bring home the bacon that is Best Visual Effects.

The awards, colloquially referred to as the Moa's, also had a special guest of honour in attendance.

The Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle had nipped across town from the red carpet premiere of his new film T2: Trainspotting to present the award for Best Cinematographyto the Michael Fassbender starring action-western Slow West, which would take home a further three Moa's including Best Score.

Other big winners were Miriama McDowell, who was named Best Actress for her work in The Great Maiden's Blush, which also won Best Self Funded Film, and the provincial rugby doco The Ground We Won which won Best Documentary.

Ex-Shorty St stalwart Angela Bloomfield was named Best Short Film Actresss for her role in Linda's List.

Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards Winners 2017


Rialto Channel Best Film
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders,Taika Waititi, Matt Noonan)

Flying Fish Best Director
Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) Best Screenplay
Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Man O' War Vineyards Best Actress
Miriama McDowell (The Great Maiden's Blush)

Steinlager Tokyo Dry Best Actor
Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Manukau Urban Maori Authority Best Supporting Actress
Rima Te Wiata (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Te Whanau O Waipareira Best Supporting Actor
Sam Neill (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Park Road Post Best Self Funded Film
The Great Maiden's Blush (Jeremy Macey, Andrea Bosshard, Isobel Mebus, Shane Loader)

Imagezone Best Cinematography
Robbie Ryan (Slow West)

Letterboxd Best Production Design
Kim Sinclair (Slow West)

Mandy VFX Best Editor
Michael Horton with Jonathan Woodford-Robinson (Mahana)

Bigpop Studios Best Score
Jed Kurzel (Slow West)

Bigpop Studios Best Sound
Phil Burton (Chronesthesia)

Images and Sound Best Visual Effects
Curious Film, Weta Digital, Pixel Juice (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Daniel Le Brun Best Costume Design
Kirsty Cameron (Slow West)

MAC Best Makeup Design
Vanessa Hurley, Roger Murray, Andrew Beattie (Deathgasm)

Services to Cinema Award
Gaylene Preston


New Zealand Film Commission Best Documentary
The Ground We Won (Miriam Smith)

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ Best Documentary Director
David Stubbs (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses)

PLS Best Documentary Cinematography
Christopher Pryor (The Ground We Won)

Lotech Media Best Documentary Editor
Simon Coldrick (Tickled)


Little Island Best Short Film
Madam Black (Ivan Barge, Matt Harris)

Halcyon Digital Best Self Funded Short Film
Not Like Her (Hash Perambalam, Lucy Stonex, Brendon Donovan)

Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Short Film Actress
Angela Bloomfield (Linda's List)

Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Short Film Actor
Cohen Holloway (Feeder)


NZOnAir Best Television Feature
Abandoned (James Heyward, Liz DiFiore)

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The Jury is in

One aspect of Rialto Channel NZ FIlm Awards that we truly love is that we have such a stellar group of folks as our international judging panel. We want to thank Stephanie Trepanier for once again assembling the dream team of panels and to the super helpful programmers from various festivals

Amat Escalante Mexico (The Untamed) 
Carles Torrens Spain (Pet) 
Chad Gracia - USA (The Russian Woodpecker) 
David Crank - USA (Inherent Vice) 
David Zellner - USA (Kumiko The Treasure Hunter) 
Donald Mowat - UK (Nocturnal Animals) 
Erin Benach - USA (The Neon Demon) 
Eve Stewart - UK (The Danish Girl) 
Fernando Velázquez - Spain (A Monster Calls) 
Gary Yershon - UK (Mr. Turner) 
Greig Fraser Australia (Foxcatcher) 
Jake Roberts - UK (Hell or High Water) 
Jakub Kijowski Poland (The Lure) 
Janus Billeskov Jansen Denmark (The Commune) 
Jason Sanford - USA (American Hustle) 
Jay Cheel - CAN (How to Build a Time Machine) 
Jeff Malmberg - USA (Marwencol) 
Joan Sobel - USA (Nocturnal Animals) 
Job ter Burg - Netherlands (Elle) 
Joe Bini - USA (American Honey) 
Keith Calder - USA (Anomalisa) 
Kieran Darcy-Smith Australia Director/Animal Kingdom 
Leslie Devlin - USA (Swiss Army Man) 
Love Larson - Sweden (A Man Called Ove) 
Mattie Do - Laos (Dearest Sister) 
Nicolas Chaudeurge - France (Still Alice) 
Peny Lane - USA (Nuts!) 
Peter Straughan - UK (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) 
Pollyanna McIntosh UK (The Woman) 
Russell Barnes - USA (Captain Fantastic) 
Sean Baker USA (Tangerine) 
Sean Byrne - Australia (The Loved Ones) 
Sean Porter USA (Green Room) 
Séverin Favriau - France (Raw) 
Sonia Grande - Spain (Julieta) 
Steven Morrow - USA (La La Land) 
Tom Cross - USA (La La Land) 
Trish Summerville - USA (Gone Girl) 
Wayne Blair Australia (The Sapphires)


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We hope you had a splendid Xmas and New Years. If you are nominated you get a ticket to the big night so don't fret. However if you are the associated with a production then please check with your producer and work out numbers and then purchase additional tickets from us.

We wanted to let you know that you can book your tickets/ tables with us now. Please drop Tim a line regarding securing your tickets. We may be a bit sluggish considering the holidays - but we'll be back in action from Jan 8th.

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And the nominees are....


Awards Ceremony: Saturday February 18 at ASB Showgrounds, Auckland.

After a hiatus last year, the nicknamed Moas are back in 2017 once again as the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards.

In a formal-yet-informal ceremony with an irreverent edge disguising a serious purpose, the Awards will recognise a wide range of films released over the past two years. In total, there are 19 drama features, 9 documentary features and 12 short films up for consideration in various categories.

A particular highlight is the 7 strong nominees in the Best Documentary category, which sees international favourite TICKLED alongside local heroes CHASING GREAT and POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG, the unconventional animated 25 APRIL and the outwardly-focused A FLICKERING TRUTH.

Winners will be decided by a judging committee that is totally off-shore based, which may lead to a fresh perspective on New Zealand’s films. Local blockbuster HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE has the highest number of nominations with 15, followed by THE REHEARSAL (13), MAHANA (12) and SLOW WEST (10).

Independent filmmakers have upped the ante since the last awards with six films vying for the title of Best Self-funded feature, including science-fiction mind-bender CHRONESTHESIA, acclaimed drama THE GREAT MAIDEN’S BLUSH and Samoan comedy THREE WISE COUSINS.

This year’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Best Actor nominee Julian Dennison could become a two-time winner at the ripe old age of 14. He won Best Supporting Actor in 2013 for Best Picture Winner SHOPPING.

Awards co-producer Hugh Sundae says: “The categories are filled with great work, but the Moas have never just been about the finalists. As cliched as it sounds it’s the one chance the industry get together to celebrate their craft, with all disciplines treated equally. And after a year off this is a long-overdue get-together.”

The awards will be presented on February 18 at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds with major support from New Zealand Film Commission and other industry partners.

Contact: Awards publicist Sue May 0274 739 318

Photos from the 5 best feature nominees - Free in Deed, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Mahana, Slow West & The Rehearsal are availble for download and use here :


Rialto Channel Best Film
Free in Deed
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Slow West
The Rehearsal

NZOnAir Best Television Feature
How to Murder Your Wife
Venus and Mars

Park Road Post Best Self Funded Film
Broken Hallelujah
Stars in Her Eyes
The Great Maiden's Blush
Three Wise Cousins

Fish Best Director
Jake Mahaffy (Free in Deed)
Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Lee Tamahori (Mahana)
John Maclean (Slow West)
Alison Maclean (The Rehearsal) Best Screenplay
Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
John Collee (Mahana)
John Maclean (Slow West)
Andrea Bosshard (The Great Maiden's Blush)
Alison Maclean and Emily Perkins (The Rehearsal)

Man O' War Best Actress
Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Caren Pistorius (Slow West)
Miriama McDowell (The Great Maiden's Blush)
Kerry Fox (The Rehearsal)
Laurence Leboeuf (Turbo Kid)

Best Actor
Milo Cawthorne (Deathgasm)
Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Temuera Morrison (Mahana)
Michael Fassbender (Slow West)
James Rolleston (The Rehearsal)

Manukau Urban Maori Authority Best Supporting Actress
Onyeka Arapai (Born To Dance)
Nova Waretini-Hewison (Chronesthesia)
Rima Te Wiata (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Nancy Brunning (Mahana)
Ella Edward (The Rehearsal)

Te Whānau O Waipareira Best Supporting Actor
Jordan Vaahakolo (Born To Dance)
Ben Mitchell (Broken Hallelujah)
Sam Neill (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Kieran Charnock (The Rehearsal)
Edwin Wright (Turbo Kid)

Imagezone Best Cinematography
Simon Raby (Deathgasm)
Lachlan Milne (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Ginny Loane (Mahana)
Robbie Ryan (Slow West)
Waka Attewell, Alun Bollinger (The Great Maiden's Blush)

Letterboxd Best Production Design
Shayne Radford (Born To Dance)
Neville Stevenson (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Mark Robins (Mahana)
Kim Sinclair (Slow West)
Kirsty Cameron (The Rehearsal)

Mandy VFX Best Editor
Luke Haigh, Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya (Hunt for the Wilderpoeple)
Michael Horton with Jonothan Woodford-Robinson (Mahana)
Roland Gallois, Jon Gregory (Slow West)
Jonothan Woodford-Robinson (The Rehearsal)
Luke Haigh (Turbo Kid)

Bigpop Studios Best Score
Lukasz Pawel Buda, Samuel Scott, Conrad Wedde (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper and Tama Waipara (Mahana)
Jed Kurzel (Slow West)
Connan Mockasin (The Rehearsal)
Le Matos (Turbo Kid)

Bigpop Studios Best Sound 
Phil Burton (Chronesthesia)
Gareth Van Niekerk, Amy Barber, Chris Sinclair (Deathgasm)
Dick Reade, Michael Hedges  (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Dick Reade, Fred Enholmer, Tim Chaproniere (The Rehearsal)
Dick Reade (Turbo Kid)

Images and Sound Best Visual Effects
Simeon Duncombe (Chronesthesia)
Jason Lei Howden, Sarah Howden, Johnathan Guest, Blur + Sharpen, Halcyon Digital, Park Road Post,  Village Video Co (Deathgasm)
Curious Films, Weta Digital, PixelJuice (Hunt for the Wilderpoeple)
Peter McCully, Dan Packer (Mahana)
Curious, Alchemy 24 (Turbo Kid)

Best Costume Design
Kylie Cooke (Born To Dance)
Kristin Seth (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Liz McGregor (Mahana)
Kirsty Cameron (Slow West)
Kirsty Cameron and Charlotte Rust (The Rehearsal)

MAC Best Makeup Design
Vanessa Hurley, Roger Murray, Andrew Beattie (Deathgasm)
Dannelle Satherley (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Susie Glass (Mahana)
Dannelle Satherley (The Rehearsal)


New Zealand Film Commission Best Documentary
25 April
A Flickering Truth
Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
Chasing Great
Poi E: The Story Of Our Song
The Ground We Won

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ Best Documentary Director
Leanne Pooley (25 April)
Pietra Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth)
David Stubbs (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses)
Michelle Walshe & Justin Pemberton (Chasing Great)
Tearepa Kahi (Poi E: The Story Of Our Song)
Christopher Pryor (The Ground We Won)
David Farrier & Dylan Reeve (Tickled)

PLS Best Documentary Cinematography
Jacob Bryant (A Flickering Truth)
Mathew Knight (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses)
Jacob Bryant (Chasing Great)
Adam Luxton & Summer Agnew (On an Unkown Beach)
Christopher Pryor (The Ground We Won)
Dominic Fryer (Tickled)

Lotech Media Best Documentary Editor
Tim Woodhouse (25 April)
Bradley Warden (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses)
Prisca Bouchet (Ever the Land)
Tearepa Kahi  and Francis Glenday (POI E: The Story of our Song)
Simon Coldrick (Tickled)


Best Short Film
Linda's List
Madam Black
Shout at the Ground

Halcyon Digital Best Self Funded Short Film
Accidents, Blunders and Calamities
Every Moment
Food For Thought
Not Like Her

Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Short Film Actress
Jacqueline Joe (Cradle)
Bree Peters (Every Moment)
Angela Bloomfield (Linda's List)
Kate Elliott (Not Like Her)
Katlyn Wong (WAIT)

Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Best Short Film Actor
Josh McKenzie (Bound)
Matthew Sunderland (Cradle)
Aaron McGregor (Every Moment)
Cohen Holloway (Feeder)
Jethro Skinner (Madam Black)

The Rialto Channel Film Awards are sponsored by:
Rialto Channel, NZ Film Commission, National Urban Maori Authority, NZ On Air, Imagezone, Images & Sound, Park Road Post, Fish, BigPop Studios, Professional Lighting Services, Letterboxd, Mandy VFX, Mac, Dominion Law,, Halcyon Digital, AAANZ, Vendetta Films


We'd like to apologise for the delay ahead of our announcement of nominations. Due to the amount of submissions (a 2yr gap) we are a little overwhelmed (and excited) but there's just no way we will have nominations ready by Dec 16th. We will be announcing them on Dec 23rd now.

Tickets will go on sale immediately after they are announced.


Friday November 18th : Inside MOA HQ


After a self-enforced hiatus The Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards (aka The Moas) are back from the edge of extinction once again and ready to showcase the brilliant cinema that kiwis have created since their last awards.

Organisers took a year off because of a lull in local production but since then the industry has picked up steam and there are numerous potential nominees for all award categories. 


Submissions open : Friday November 18th
Submissions close : Friday December 9th - NO LATE ENTRIES
Finalist Nominees Announced : Friday December 16th
Tickets on Sale : Friday December 16th
Awards Night : Saturday February 18th 2017 ASB Showgrounds
Instagram : nzfilmawards
Hashtag: #NZFA17


An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas.

The critically acclaimed drama The Dark Horse premiered at the New Zealand Film Festival earlier this year before connecting with audiences nationwide during its successful theatrical release. The 
second feature from writer director James Napier Robertson, it also picked up Moas for Flying Fish Best Director, Peter Yealands Wines Best Actor, Te Whānau O Waipareira Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay and Bigpop Studios Best Score. The Dark Horse producer Tom Hern also co-produced Everything We Loved, which took home Moas for Peter Yealands Wines Best Actress, and Queenstown Cameras ARRI Best Cinematography.

Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows was another big winner on the night, taking out Park Road Post Best Self-Funded film and scooping Moas for Manukau Urban Maori Authority Best Supporting Actress, Tommy & James Best Production Design and Bigpop Studios Best Sound. 

The recent box-office hit The Dead Lands was pipped at the post for the major awards but managed to chase down Images & Sound Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design and M.A.C. Best Makeup Design. 

Festival darling and recent release Hip Hop-eration continued its winning ways and danced away with three of the four documentary Moas; Best Documentary, Vendetta Films Best Documentary Director and NZ Broadcasting School at CPIT Best Documentary Cinematography. 

Awards for Short Film were spread across multiple winners but Eleven managed to woo the judges and take home the Canon Best Short Film prize. 

Legendary Kiwi cinematographer Leon Narbey won a much-deserved ‘Services To Cinema’ award for his enormous contribution to New Zealand film history. 

The 2014 winners of the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards:

  • Rialto Channel Best Film: The Dark Horse
  • Flying Fish Best Director: James Napier Robertson - The Dark Horse 
  • Best Screenplay: James Napier Robertson - The Dark Horse 
  • Peter Yealands Wines Best Actor: Cliff Curtis - The Dark Horse 
  • Peter Yealands Wines Best Actress: Sia Trokenheim - Everything We Loved 
  • Te Whānau O Waipareira Best Supporting Actor: James Rolleston - The Dark Horse 
  • Manukau Urban Maori Authority Best Supporting Actress : Jackie van Beek - What We Do In The Shadows 
  • Park Road Post Best Self-Funded Film: What We Do In The Shadows - Jemaine Clement, Chelsea Winstanley, Taika Waititi, Emanuel Michael
  • Queenstown Camera ARRI Best Cinematography: Dave Garbett - Everything We Loved 
  • Mandy VFX Best Editor: Cushla Dillon - Orphans & Kingdoms 
  • Bigpop Studios Best Score: Dana Lund - The Dark Horse 
  • Bigpop Studios Best Sound: Simon Riley, Mike Hedges & Tim Chaproniere - What We Do In The Shadows 
  • Images & Sound Best Visual Effects: George Zwier - The Dead Lands 
  • Best Costume Design: Barbara Darragh - The Dead Lands
  • M.A.C. Best Makeup Design: Davina Lamont - The Dead Lands 
  • Tommy & James Best Production Design: Ra Vincent - What We Do In The Shadows 
  • Letterboxd Best Poster Design: Andrejs Skuja & Johnny Lyon - Housebound
  • NZOnAir Best Television Feature: Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story - Steven O'Meagher
  • Best Documentary: Hip Hop-eration - Paula Jones & Alex Lee
  • Vendetta Films Best Documentary Director: Bryn Evans - Hip Hop-eration
  • NZ Broadcasting School at CPIT Best Documentary Cinematography: Bevan Crothers - Hip Hop-eration 
  • Lotech Best Documentary Editor: Simon Coldrick – Erebus: Operation Overdue
  • Canon Best Short Film: Eleven - Abigail Greenwood
  • Halcyon Digital Best Self-Funded Short Film: Skin - Tom Gould 
  • Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Short Film Actor: John Clarke - Ross & Beth 
  • Actors Agents Association of New Zealand Best Short Film Actor: Tahei Simpson - Home 
  • PLS Best Short Film Cinematography: Grant McKinnon - Ross & Beth 
  • NZ Herald Online Best Short Film Script : Kate Prior - Eleven 
  • Services To Cinema Award: Leon Narbey

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Nominees Announced

Congratulations to all the nominees for the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards 2014. 

Read the full article and Results at NZ Herald Online

New Zealand Film Awards 2014 - Submissions closing soon!

Story by Elizabeth Jansson-Bush, courtesy of Showtools Magazine

With the submissions for the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards now open for entries until the 13th of October, we thought we would look back on the not so distant history of these awards.

A press release in mid-2012 revealing the film awards controversial split from the television awards meant that something had to be done, and fast. That’s when Ant Timpson and Hugh Sundae decided to work towards making an awards ceremony that exclusively celebrated the achievements of filmmakers. As they had been working on a film project together that year, they believed they had the skills and the contacts to put the awards together - and put them together they did, within a few short months.

They organised what they colloquially call “The Moas” in 2012 with the assumption that someone else would step up and do it “properly” the next year. Only now, this is their 3rd year of running it and the 2nd year of the 3 year contract with the Film Commission for the continued Film Awards.

The quality of the submissions this year have been said to be some of the best yet.

"This year feels like a milestone of sorts for NZ film and to not celebrate the momentum built from several strong features would be criminal” Ant Timpson said in a statement to Flicks.

The numbers that attend the Moas are also impressive. Last year 704 people attended the New Zealand Film Awards.

“It’s great that there is a default christmas party for the industry now. A lot of these people work really hard on productions. As well as it being a kind of celebration it’s also, you know, an awards ceremony. It’s entirely filled by the industry” - Hugh Sundae.

The funding of the Moa Awards include a mixture of entry fees, ticket sales, the Film Commission and sponsorship. The Moas are potentially looking for further sponsorship from the right people, but not to an excessive degree.

“We dont want to devalue it too much by having too many people involved” said Hugh Sundae.

All the awards had sponsors last year. This is with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement Award which is an entirely independent award - it’s not advertised on the site because people aren’t nominated for it. They are still in the process of figuring out which sponsors want to return this year.

One of the negatives of having sponsorships for Awards ceremonies is the risk of the appearance of bias. However, as the judging is all done by an offshore panel, there is no real risk of that. The judging is done by a main panel of people who do the general awards. Specialised areas such as cinematography or sound mixing, however, have a smaller, more expert panel. The judges come from a wide range of nations, including the States, UK and Europe and have no ties to people in the New Zealand film industry in order to achieve the most objective, unbiased results.

The Rialto Channel’s New Zealand Film Awards take place on the Friday of December the 12th, will be live streamed on NZ Herald Online, and later broadcast on Rialto Channel. Rialto will also be doing interviews with people throughout the show which will be part of the final product.

“Obviously we are delighted that they want to” said Hugh Sundae.

In terms of submissions, last year there were 20 feature films, 35 short films and 10 documentaries. Compare this to the 18 feature film categories, 6 short film categories and 4 documentary categories, and you realise that there is a fair bit of competition in each area. There are more short film entries than any others as they don’t have such big production costs, so more can be made each year.

Some people were skeptical about these awards, believing that New Zealand couldn’t produce enough feature film submissions to support it. But with the 20 eligible feature film submissions last year, this is clearly not the case.

“We try to put on a good night, it’s not just a “this business is better than the rest of you”, it’s a chance to celebrate the industry as a whole, as well as individual performances” - Hugh Sundae.

Entries are now open via the website below, and close at 5pm on Monday October 13. 

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The Moas - Winners 2013


Best Film: Shopping
Best Director: Shopping - Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston
Best Screenplay: Shopping - Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston 
Best Actor: Mr Pip - Hugh Laurie
Best Actress: Mr Pip - Xzannjah 
Best Supporting Actor: Shopping - Julian Dennison 
Best Supporting Actress: Shopping - Laura Petersen 
Best Self-Funded Film: Crackheads - Tim Tsiklauri and Andy Sophocleous 
Best Cinematography: Shopping - Ginny Loane 
Best Editor: The Weight of Elephants - Molly Marlene Stensgaard 
Best Score: Mr Pip - Harry Gregson-Williams and Tim Finn 
Best Sound: Mt Zion - Dick Reade
Best Costume Design: Mr Pip - Ngila Dickson 
Best Makeup Design: White Lies - Abby Collins, Yolanda Bartram, Vee Gulliver, Andrew Beattie, Main Reactor and Roger Murray 
Best Production Design: White Lies - Tracey Collins 
Best Poster Design: Shopping - Geoff Francis 
Best Self-Funded Short Film: Le Taxidermiste - Nick Mayow and Prisca Bouchet
Best Short Film: Here Be Monsters - Paul Glubb, Nic Gorman and Nadia Maxwell
Best Short Film Actor: Strongman - Tony Green
Best Short Film Actress: Blind Mice - Rachel Nicholls
Best Cinematography in a Short Film: Echoes - Andrew Stroud
Best Short Film Script: Echoes - Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali
Best Technical Contribution to a Short Film: Blankets - Visual Effects - Frank Rueter, David Duke and Bodo Keller
Best Documentary: Gardening With Soul - Vicky Pope and Jess Feast
Best Documentary Cinematography: Antarctica: A Year On Ice - Anthony Powell
Best Documentary Director: Beyond The Edge - Leanne Pooley
Best Documentary Editor: He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan - Annie Goldson and James Brown
Best Television Feature or Drama Series: Top of the Lake - Jane Campion, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (Executive Producers), Philippa Campbell (Producer)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Geoff Murphy

Live Streaming of the NZ Film Awards

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Join us Live from Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront.  Streaming Starts at 7:30pm on This NZ Herald Page. 

Replayed on Rialto Channel this Sunday at 5:30pm. 

Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards nominees 2013


Rialto Channel Best Film

The Weight of Elephants - Katja Adomeit and Leanne Saunders 

Shopping - Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw

Mt Zion - Quinton Hita

Mr. Pip - Andrew Adamson, Robin Scholes

Fantail - Sarah Cook, Matt Noonan


Flying Fish Best Director

The Weight of Elephants - Daniel Borgman

Shopping - Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston

Mt Zion - Tearepa Kahi

Mr. Pip - Andrew Adamson

Fantail - Curtis Vowell

Villa Maria Best Actor

The Weight of Elephants - Demos Murphy

Shopping - Kevin Paulo

Mt Zion - Stan Walker

Mr. Pip - Hugh Laurie

Fantail - Jahalis Ngamotu

Villa Maria Best Actress

White Lies - Whirimako Black

The Weight of Elephants- Angelina Cottrell

Mt Zion - Miriama Smith

Mr. Pip - Xzannjah

Fantail - Sophie Henderson

Mili Pictures Best Supporting Actor

The Weight of Elephants - Matthew Sunderland

Shopping - Julian Dennison

Mt Zion - Temuera Morrison

Mr. Pip - Eka Darvile

Fantail - Stephen Lovatt

Mili Pictures Best Supporting Actress

White Lies - Antonia Prebble

The Weight Of Elephants - Catherine Wilkin

Shopping - Laura Petersen

Mr. Pip - Healesville Joel

Eternity - Amy Usherwood

Apex Insurance Best Screenplay

White Lies - Dana Rotberg

The Weight Of Elephants - Daniel Borgman

Shopping - Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland

Mr. Pip - Andrew Adamson

Fantail - Sophie Henderson

Nikon Best Self-Funded Film

Crackheads - Tim Tsiklauri and Andy Sophocleous

Eternity - Alex Galvin, Noel Galvin, Eric Stark

Ghost TV - Phil Davison

The Deadly Ponies Gang - Zoe McIntosh

The Death and Resurrection Show - Shaun Pettigrew

Niche Cameras Best Cinematography

Shopping - Ginny Loane

The Weight of Elephants - Sophia Olsson

Mr. Pip - John Toon

Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song - Tim Flower

White Lies - Alun Bollinger

Mandy Best Editor

Mr. Pip - Sim Evan-Jones

Mt Zion - Paul Maxwell

Shopping - Annie Collins

The Weight of Elephants - Molly Marlene Stensgaard

White Lies - Paul Sutorius

APRA Best Score

Fantail - Mahuia Bridgman Cooper

Mr. Pip - Harry Gregson-Williams, Tim Finn

Mt Zion - Shane McLean

Shopping - Grayson Gilmour

White Lies - John Psathas

APRA Best Sound

Fantail - Dick Reade

Fresh Meat - Mike Hopkins, John McKay, Michael Hedges, Tim Chaproniere and Tony Spear

Mt Zion - Dick Reade

Shopping - Michael Hopkins, Ken Saville, John Mckay,Tim Chaproniere, Pete Smith

White Lies - Steve Finnigan, James Hayday, Chris Sinclair and Adam Martin

Rodney Wayne Best Costume Design

Mr. Pip - Ngila Dickson

Mt Zion - Gavin McLean

Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song - Morgan Albrecht

Shopping - Lucy McLay

White Lies - Tracey Collins

M.A.C Best Makeup Design

Crackheads - Celeste Strewe

Fresh Meat - Hil Cook, Ange Duncan, Lea Hoare and Natalie Henderson

Giselle - Amber D

White Lies - Abby Collins, Yolanda Bartram, Vee Gulliver, Andrew Beattie and Main Reactor

Regional Film Offices NZ Best Production Design

Mr. Pip - Grant Major

Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song - Haley Williams

Shopping - Josh O'Neill

The Weight of Elephants - Kirsty Cameron

White Lies - Tracey Collins

Letterboxd Best Poster Design

Eternity - Tony St George and Mission Hall

Mr. Pip - Connor Kenyon Design

Shopping - Geoff Francis

The Weight of Elephants - Asmund Sollihogda

White Lies - Damon Keen, Todd Eyre and Matt Klitscher


AUT Best Short Film

Friday Tigers - Julia Parnell

Here Be Monsters - dir. Paul Glubb and Nic Gorman; prod. Nadia Maxwell

Morepork - Fat Boy Films

Tom's Dairy - Oscar Kightley

Wide Eyed - Catherine Bisley

Event Cinemas Best Self-Funded Short Film

Holding The Sun - Dwayne Cameron

Le Taxidermiste - Nick Mayow & Prisca Bouchet

Morepork - Fat Boy Films

Shelved - James Cunningham, Oliver Hilbert and Leon Woud

The Sleeping Plot - Ruth Korver

Allpress Best Short Film Actor

Blankets - Leon Wadham

Friday Tigers - Simon Wolfgram

Morepork - John Sumner

Strongman - Tony Green

Tom's Dairy - Mac Kaisuva

Allpress Best Short Film Actress

Blind Mice - Rachel Nicholls

Friday Tigers - Aidee Walker

I'm Going to Mum's - Narelle Ahrens

Morepork - Kayte Ferguson

The Sleeping Plot - Nova Waretini-Hewison

PLS Best Cinematography in a Short Film

Echoes - Andrew Stroud

Friday Tigers - Roko Babich

Morepork - Callan Green

Tom's Dairy - Grant McKinnon

Wide Eyed - Ryan Alexander Lloyd

NZ Herald Online Best Short Film Screenplay

Echoes - Campbell Hooper & Joel Kefali

Friday Tigers - Aidee Walker

I'm Going to Mum's - Lauren Jackson

Tom's Dairy - Oscar Kightley

Wide Eyed - Catherine Bisley

Media Design School Best Technical Contribution to a Short Film

Strongman - Editing, Peter Roberts

The Last Stop - Makeup and hair, Brighde Riddell

Holding The Sun - Production design, Dwayne Cameron

Blankets - Visual effects, Frank Rueter, David Duke and Bodo Keller

Maul - Visual effects, Anton Ognyev


Telecom Business Hubs Best Documentary

Antarctica: A Year On Ice - Anthony Powell

Beyond The Edge - Matthew Metcalfe

Finding Mercy - Robyn Paterson, Leanne Pooley

Gardening with Soul - Vicky Pope and Jess Feast

He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan - Annie Goldson and Kay Ellmers

Canon Best Documentary Director

Antarctica: A Year On Ice - Anthony Powell

Beyond The Edge - Leanne Pooley

Finding Mercy - Robyn Paterson

Gardening with Soul - Jess Feast

He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan - Annie Goldson and Kay Ellmers

PLS Best Documentary Cinematography

Antarctica: A Year On Ice - Anthony Powell

Beyond The Edge - Richard Bluck

Finding Mercy - Jacob Bryant, Marty Williams

Gardening with Soul - Ari Wegner, Gareth Moon and Hamish Waterhouse

He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan - Jake Bryant

Lotech Best Documentary Editor

Antarctica: A Year On Ice - Simon Price

Beyond The Edge - Tim Woodhouse

Finding Mercy - Tim Woodhouse

Gardening with Soul - Annie Collins

He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan - Annie Goldson and James Brown


NZ On Air Best Television Feature or Drama Series


The Almighty Johnsons Series 3

The Blue Rose

Top of the Lake

Nominations Announcement Date

Due to scheduling pressures the Nominations for this years The Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards will now be released on Nov 21st. Our esteemed judging panel has a lot of work ahead of them and we didn't think it wise to rush them into such important decisions.

This year we have judges who have worked on such memorable films as Gravity, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Animal Kingdom, A Hijacking, AntiViral, Drive, Goon, The Great Gatsby, Cloud Atlas, Blade Runner, Man of Steel, Runaways and many more.

Moa certainty for new NZ Film Awards

Annual recognition for the New Zealand film industry is assured for the next three years with the announcement of the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards, also known as The Moas.

Recent years saw an event that combined the film and television industries, but in 2012 it was announced that films would no longer be included, and an independent event - The Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards - were hurriedly organised to fill the gap. The event's success lead to discussions between its producers and the NZ Film Commission, who gave their backing to the new awards.

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Watch the Sorta Unofficial NZ Film Awards: on-demand!

Watch the full 2012 Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards show, which was streamed live on NZ Herald Online on December 4, 2012, and broadcast on Rialto Channel on December 16, 2012.


Samoan-New Zealand movie The Orator has dominated the inaugural Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards taking away eight trophies - or "Moas" - from its 11 nominations.

The film equalled Two Little Boys in the number of categories it was a finalist in. But The Orator left its nearest competition taking away just two awards at the ceremony held in Auckland last night.

From the NZ Herald.

As well as best film, The Orator won its writer-director Tusi Tamasese the screenplay and directing prizes. Its cast also took away best actor, actress and supporting actress Moas, and the film also won sound and costume design. Most of the actors on the film - about a bullied dwarf in an isolated Samoan village standing up for himself and family - were non-professionals while it's Tamasese's debut feature.

Other winners included rock-documentary Shihad: Beautiful Machine (best doco director and editing), and drama The Most Fun You Can Have Dying (soundtrack, cinematography and production design).

The awards, organised by Hugh Sundae of and Ant Timpson and presented by the New Zealand Herald and Rialto Channel, were put in place after the national television awards dropped the film categories from its annual prize-giving.

The awards were judged by a panel of overseas film-makers, festival programmers and journalists.

The winners

Best film
The Orator

Best Self-Funded Film
The Red House

Best Director
The Orator - Tusi Tamasese

Best Cinematography
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying - Crighton Bone

Best Editing
Two Little Boys - Annie Collins

Best Actor
The Orator - Fa'afiaula Sagote

Best Actress
The Orator - Tausili Pushparaj

Best Supporting Actor
Netherwood - Will Hall

Best Supporting Actress
The Orator - Salamasina Mataia

Best Screenplay
The Orator - Tusi Tamasese

Best Score
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying - Grayson Gilmour

Best Production Design
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying - Bruce Everard

Best Makeup Design
The Devil's Rock - Davina Lamont, Sean Foot and Richard Taylor

Best Sound
The Orator - Tim Prebble, Chris Todd, Richard Flynn, Mike Hedges and Gilbert Lake

Best Costume Design
The Orator - Kirsty Cameron

Best Visual Effects
Two Little Boys - Jon Baxter and Puck Murphy

Best Short Film
Honk If You're Horny

Best Short Film Actor
Honk If You're Horny - Andy Anderson

Best Short Film Actress
Whakatiki - Mabelle Dennison

Best Documentary
Maori Boy Genius

Best Documentary Director
Shihad: Beautiful Machine - Sam Peacocke

Best Documentary Cinematography
How Far is Heaven - Christopher Pryor

Best Documentary Editing
Shihad: Beautiful Machine - Cushla Dillon

Best Self-Funded Short Film
In Safe Hands

Best Short Film Cinematography
I'm the One - Bonnie Elliott

Best Short Film Script
Honk If You're Horny - Joe Lonie


The first ever Sorta Unofficial NZ Film Awards gets underway tomorrow night at The Wintergarden in the Civic. All ticket holders, presenters and sponsors - please remember to arrive at 6.30pm. The live show begins at 7.30pm and  late stragglers will not be allowed in.  Yes....  that even means you celebrities. 

If you aren't attending but want to watch all the action unfold you can watch the live stream available on the NZ Herald. 


Or those who cant tune in (and you should,  have you seen that film Runaway Train?) you can always watch the show on the Rialto Channel (Sky TV 25 - Dec 16 : 6:25 p.m.)


The judging for the Sorta Unofficial NZ FILM AWARDS has truly been a massive undertaking. Trying to fit the judging into the schedules of very busy people around the world hasn't been easy. We want to thank our friend Stephanie Trepanier who came onboard to oversee this for us. We were very happy to get such an impressive gathering of talent to judge NZ films. Sometimes local award shows feel a bit like friends giving each other a few backpats. So we really love the idea that the films were being seen by not only talented artists but important eyes at International Festivals & companies.

Our judging panel included;

Mario Grigorov (THE PAPERBOY, PRECIOUS), Sonia Grande (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS), Anna Higgs   (Film Four UK), Simon Boswell (SANTA SANGRE), Amiel Courtin-Wilson (HAIL), Ben Kasulke (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), Robert Humphreys (THE HUNTER), Cédric Fayole (RUST & BONE), Carol Beadle  (THE RUNAWAYS), Mike Strain Jr. (V/H/S), Chad Keith (TAKE SHELTER), Asif Iqbal, Mike Strain (VHS),  Nicolas Chaudeurge (WUTHERING HEIGHTS), Colin Geddes (TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL), Graham Reznick (THE INNKEEPERS), Joseph White (THE DEVILS CARNIVAL), Ezra Soiferman (MAN OF GREASE), Fred Vogel (SELLA TURTICA), Hallvar Witzø  (TUBA ATLANTIC), Shay Lawrence (BAD KARMA), Jason Lapeyre (I DECLARE WAR), Jim Kolmar (SXSW), Jennie Punter  (VARIETY),  João Salaviza (RAFA), Laurie Rose (SIGHTSEERS), James Laxton (CALIFORNIA SOLO), Luc Montpellier (TAKE THIS WALTZ), Michael Stephenson  (BEST WORST MOVIE), Mila Aung-Thwin (LAST TRAIN HOME),  Daniel Pellerin (CHLOE), Odile Dicks-Mireaux (BEL AMI), Philippe Falardeau  (MONSIEUR LAZHAR), P.K. Hooker (ARGO), Rob Hill  (KILL LIST), Robert Hall (WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT), Robert Morgan  (BOBBY YEAH), Jorge Michel Grau (WE ARE WHAT WE ARE), Sebastian Winterø Hansen (FIGHTER), Sxv' Leithan Essex (SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE), Terry Politis (EL GRECO), Tine Klint  (LEVEL K), Thomas S. Hammock (YOU'RE NEXT), Vin Burnham (THE FIFTH ELEMENT)

Moas sell-out in 37 seconds

We knew numbers were tight but even with our unbridled optimism we never thought they’d go that quickly. Tickets to The Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards have officially sold out – with the last few tickets being snapped up by the public on Tuesday.

Overwhelming support from finalist productions means that come December 4 the Wintergarden will be pretty much full of the people the awards are for – those involved in all aspects of film production in New Zealand.

The good news is that while it’s been two decades or so since any broadcaster has had the balls to broadcast an awards ceremony live – The Moas will be streamed LIVE and in their entirety right here.

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NZ Film Awards: Finalists revealed

Finalists for the Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards - The Moas - have been revealed .

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Stage set for new film awards

[Herald On Sunday] Excitement is building in the film industry with plans for a new awards ceremony.

The industry lost its awards night after members of the film and television industries fell out over claims that the TV stars were stealing the limelight.

But now, local filmmaker Ant Timpson and Entertainment Editor Hugh Sundae have created the "Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards", to be known as the Moas.

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Announcing The Sorta Unofficial NZ Film Awards

[Onfilm] Looks like there will be a film awards this year after all – Ant Timpson and the NZ Herald's Hugh Sundae have announced The Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards, calling it "the only game in town when it comes to celebrating New Zealand film over the past year."

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The Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards revealed

[NZ Herald, TimeOut] New Zealand film-makers will not go unrecognised this year with an alternative awards show planned in December.

The Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards came about following a decision by the Screen Director's Guild of New Zealand (SDGNZ) to can the annual film industry prizegiving for 2012.

Previously, the Aotearoa Film and Television Awards brought together movie-makers and the television industry for a joint ceremony. However, due to funding and other factors, the SDGNZ said it would not be taking part in the 2012 awards.

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