WIFT NZ is delighted to announce the finalists for six award categories, as selected by the judging panel of Christina Milligan (Chair), Kelly Martin, Robin Laing, Fiona Milburn, Vicki Jackways, Jill Macnab, Hineani Melbourne and Julia Parnell.

Winners will be announced at an awards party on 24 February in the Grand Tearoom at Heritage Auckland. (More information on the awards night can be found at http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2016/wift-new-zealand-awards-2016/auckland)

Finalists are announced for the following six categories:

South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film

Leanne Pooley for ‘Beyond the Edge’
Miriam Smith for ‘The Ground We Won’
Chelsea Winstanley for ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

Images & Sound Award for Success in Television

Tash Christie for ‘Neighbours at War’, ‘Showtime’ and ‘Nabbed’ for Greenstone TV
Philly de Lacey for Screentime New Zealand’s body of work first broadcast between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2015
Bronwynn Wilson for ‘Jono and Ben’

Queenstown Camera Company Entrepreneurship Award

Bettina Hollings – Imagination Television Ltd, Robyn Scott-Vincent – The Attitude Group, Michelle Walshe – Augusto Ltd

Professional Lighting Services Award for Unsung Heroine of the NZ Screen Industry

Christina Asher, Leonne Kassler, Pat Robins

Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch Award

Desray Armstrong, Alyx Duncan, Sophie Henderson

Te Reo Māori Champion Award

Mihingarangi Forbes, Mina Mathieson, Hinewehi Mohi

The judges determined that there should be only one finalist and winner to be announced at the Awards ceremony for the following category:

Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the NZ Screen Industry