14 Dec 2014

Bumper year for NZ films - award organiser

4:54 pm on 14 December 2014

The organiser of the New Zealand Film Awards, Ant Timpson says 2014 was a bumper year for local films, which made judging tough at this year's awards.

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The film 'Dark Horse', based on the life of speed-chess coach, Genesis Potini won best film, as well as Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Score.

The vampire mockumentary 'What We Do in the Shadows' won Best Self-Funded Film, as well as awards for Best Supporting Actress, Best Production Design and Best Sound.

The recent release, 'Hip Hop-eration' won four documentary awards, while the film, 'Eleven' won Best Short Film.

'The Dead Lands' also won several awards.

The awards' organiser, Ant Timpson said that the competition was tight.

"The line-up this year was so strong and so varied in the diversification of the films and I think that's really what's been the best thing about such a cracking year, that there were so many different types of films you know across all the genres."