Ruth and I have been working long hours to bring the HP48hours to filmmakers throughout the country. HP48Hours is a petri dish for film-making talent in New Zealand, from the train-wrecks to the champions, this creative competition puts our film-makers to the test.
With 563 teams registered nationwide, we ran the national operations with Ant Timpson and we also ran the Wellington City part of the competition. We had 8 regions around the country all with City Managers running the event in their regions.
Ditha Angraini on Assistant Camera was from team Ahrjeebe filming in my basement over the shoot weekend.
We love the competition because of the film community it attracts and we have met some great people through HP48Hours. A big focus for us was to get more female film-makers involved in the competition. This was done through the press releases, social media and by bringing back a specific award for female director. The award was an intiative of Gaylene Preston and WIFT NZ designed to encourage women to take on the creative role of Director.
We also changed and simplified the rules and brought in a more difficult challenge called ULTRA designed for veteran teams who have competed in the competition for 5 years or more, this challenge was revealed at the launch events. They had to create a sequel to a previous film - some of the teams thrived under the challenge and for some of them, it broke them.
Wellington City Winners and National Ultra Winners - Moffilaide.
Wellington Winners - Jack and Joni - Moffilaide
We had some great feedback from our teams:
"Thank you for taking care of us so well over the Festival it was awesome working with you!
Those films were so good on Saturday: so cool to see our rangatahi get really excited and pumped to make something else.
Because of this, they have grouped together and are working on a film this weekend in a dairy in Taita which is amazing: they have found something they love, they want to learn, and this means they are doing good creative constructive mahi in their spare time, and they are leading it- which is our goal!" Tom Johnson from Taita Clubhouse
Me and some of the guys from the Taita Clubhouse team at the Wellington Hand-in at Massey University.
In Wellington, Reagan Morris was on a mission to cameo in as many films as he could over the weekend. The teams embraced the idea and he ended up in eleven films over the 48-hours.
JoAsh and Tim Hamilton from the team - 'Disqualified Tim' at the Wellington City Finals - Winning Best Editing, Best Director and Wellington City Runner-up and was a grand finalist with an honourable mention for directing.
Disqualified Tim's film, Transformation
After all the regions had their city finals, judging was underway for the Grand Finals and there were many films to watch to create a shortlist for our international judges.
Fifteen films made the cut and there were three Peter Jackson Wildcards. The competition was fierce and the standard was high.
Ruth and I at the Grand Finals at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Ruth Korver with Hayden Weal from the team called Moffilaide (Ultra Winner).
With our focus on female Directors, we were thrilled when 'Under the Bridge' won the 2018 competition. This is the first winning film in 15 years to have a female director!
It was a clean sweep with Lauren Porteous taking out Best Director and Best Female Director also.
This is something to celebrate and it was great to spend some time with Lauren on Sunday for a radio interview with Simon Morris on Radio New Zealand. You can listen to the interview here.
Judge Gaylene Preston and Lauren Porteous - Director of 'Under the Bridge' from the Team, Cool Story Bro.
The 2017 HP48Hours Winning Film - Under The Bridge
We would like to congratulate all the teams who completed a film in 48hours and we hope to see you next year! Book it in - May 11th - 13th, 2018.
Find out more about the competition here.