WIFT Awards 2018 – the winners (updated)

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Women In Film & Television NZ has announced the recipients for the nine award categories of the WIFT NZ 2018 Awards, held last week at the ASB Waterfront Theatre Auckland.

They were chosen from 300 nominations. The finalists and winners were decided by a panel of Christina Milligan (Chair), Robin Laing, Vicki Jackways, Cass Avery, Christina Asher, Jill Macnab and Alyx Duncan.

And the winners are …

  • South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film presented by ceo Kelly Martin: Miranda Harcourt for her work as acting coach and dramaturg on the Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta nominated Lion.
  • Imagezone Entrepreneurship Award presented by Fiona Thomas and Dean Thomas: Libby Hakaraia for co-founding the Māoriland Film Festival, which over the past five years has become a year-round sustainable enterprise. With Libby Hakaraia leading negotiations, in 2017 the Māoriland Charitable Trust purchased the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki and is now a significant employer and contributor to the local economy.
  • Images & Sound Award for Success in Television and Digital, presented by post producer Samantha Jukes: Maxine Fleming for taking the producer’s helm at Shortland Street and successfully bringing to this long-standing programme a new energy and increased ratings.
  • Professional Lighting Services Award for Unsung Heroine of the New Zealand Screen Industry, presented by Ruthe Kenderdine: Nerida Cath – as general manager of South Seas Film and Television School for 25 years, Nerida Cath has been instrumental in supporting young creatives.
  • Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch Award, presented by Patricia Watson representing MD Sharon Menzies: Casey Zilbert – for her accumulating credits as a screenwriter and her very firm foot in the screenwriting door in both New Zealand and Hollywood, as well as for her tireless advocacy for other women in the industry.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri Te Reo Māori Champion Award, presented by Marty Rogers: Wena Harawira (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Tuhoe) for more than 30 years this broadcaster has been one of our nation’s most recognised faces and voices of Te Reo Māori. She has a lifetime commitment to the Te Reo me ngā tikanga Māori.
  • The Queenstown Camera Company Craft Award, presented by Brett Mills: Kirsten Green – for pursuing a successful career as 1st Assistant Camera. Since 1998 she has worked consistently on features, shorts, television and documentaries, at the same time developing and directing her own short films.
  • The Weta Group Creative Technology Award, presented by Louise Baker, Head of Operations, Camperdown Studios: Clare Burlinson – as an in-demand colourist she enhances every project she works on, from commercials to feature films, bringing a final touch of magic to a production.
  • Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand Screen Industry, presented by Amanda Beckett: Catherine Madigan – leading international line producer, working on big budget projects – Mr Pip and Vertical Limit; bringing confronting documentaries to screen, Punitive Damages and My Year With Helen; and taking time out to work for humanitarian causes in faraway places.

The event was emceed by Theresa Healey, with music by DJ Tina Turntables and a surprise guest appearance by Tami Nielson.

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