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)