A grumpy kererū and persistent pīwakawaka could be on their way to the Oscars after starring in an award-winning short at the 2021 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.
Miro wine, a four-minute 3D animated film directed by student filmmakers Bree Greally, Lily Martin-Babin qualified for the 94th Academy Awards after winning the award for Best New Zealand Film. Their film broke over 1,600 admissions to win one of the festival’s eight top honors.
Greally and Martin-Babin wrote, directed and animated the clip during their final year of digital design studies at Auckland University of Technology in 2020.
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Greally, raised in Lower Hutt, said she was unable to watch the awards show online Wednesday night, so the victory came as a shock.
“I just think it’s unreal. We didn’t expect it at all. We didn’t even write an acceptance speech, ”Greally said.
The chance to be in contention for an Oscar was “unbelievable” for Greally.
“It’s so cool. How many opportunities do you have to do something like this,” she said.
Greally said the two hosts found common ground in their education in small New Zealand towns.
“We were just doing things we liked. We knew we wanted to write a happy, heartwarming story about what we loved about New Zealand and it seemed to have resonated, ”Greally said.
Australian Flickerfest judges Bronwyn Kidd, writer Briar Grace Smith and journalist and entertainment critic Dominic Corry were unanimous in their decision and said there was no doubt about the time, dedication and talent who had combined to make Miro wine a success.
“Miro Wine is the poignant and funny story of the loyal friendship between an unlikely couple, a kererū and a pīwakawaka,” they said. “The jury was moved and warmed by the simplicity of the story, the well-drawn characters and the breathtaking animation. The visual storytelling seems to flow effortlessly, and that’s a huge credit to the filmmakers. “
A total of 74 films were selected to be screened at this year’s festival and to compete for a prize pool of $ 50,000.
australian cinema Ayaan also won the right to participate in the Oscars after winning the Prize for the best international film.
In what organizers have described as a “quick pivot to Covid,” the rights were secured last week to show the entire 2021 Show Me Shorts Film festival schedule on demand, online.
Until midnight October 31, audiences could view all 74 home movies using a special viewing platform created by Hamilton-based company Shift 72.
The company has designed on-demand platforms for Wellington’s Aro Vision and film festivals around the world.
Viewers could also vote for the festival’s People’s Choice Award by taking a poll in theaters or at www.showmeshorts.co.nz.
The winners of the 2021 Show Me Shorts Film Festival are:
- NZ on Air Best Music Video – Logan Marshall for Gino October – New Day
- Toi Whakaari Best Actor – Jodie Hillock for Blood and gold
- DEGANZ Best editor – Peter Roberts and Dwayne Cameron for June
- Best Director of Photography Panavision – Kieran Fowler for giants
- Final Draft Best Screenplay – Sam Gill for Go look for
- DEGANZ Best director – Isaac Bell for Space invader
- Post Department Best New Zealand Film – Bree Greally, Lily Martin-Babin for Miro wine
- Best international film – Alies Sluiter, Meng Xiong, Federica Belletti, William Littleton for Ayaan (Australia)