Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

NZ Film Lawyer Honoured By Shanghai Film Festival


NZ Film Lawyer Honoured By Shanghai Film Festival
 

 Michael Stephens, a leading New Zealand film and entertainment lawyer and founder of Wellington law firm Stephens Lawyers, has been appointed as New Zealand ’s International Delegate of the Shanghai International Film Festival by the Organising Committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The appointment for a two-year term, acknowledges Michael’s support and long association with the Chinese film industry and that country’s leading Film Festival.

Michael, in accepting the appointment, said, “While this is a honour personally, it also is a great acknowledgement of the growing reputation of the New Zealand film industry overseas, and in Asia in particular which is of increasing importance to us.”

The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in Asia . First held in 1993, the SIFF was held biennially until 2001 and now runs annually. This year’s festival runs from 12 – 20 June and over 200,000 people are expected to attend this year’s SIFF, which will screen around 250 films over the nine day festival.

New Zealand films have been well received at past Festivals, including winning the SIFF Jin Jue (“Golden Chalice”) highest awards. The New Zealand films included in this year’s SIFF Official Selection are:

HOME BY CHRISTMAS Directed by Gaylene Preston

http://wwwflicks.co.nz/trailer/home-by-christmas/1944/

THE VINTNER’S LUCK Directed by Niki Caro

http://www.thevintnersluck.com/

I’M NOT HARRY JENSON Directed by James Marshall Napier

http://www.imnotharryjenson.com/

 

“These films are first class examples of the great diversity of quality independent New Zealand films, and all the filmmakers involved are to be congratulated for this great international recognition of their craft,” said Michael.


About Michael Stephens:

Michael Stephens is a leading New Zealand film and entertainment Lawyer. Michael has been closely involved in the development of New Zealand ’s film production and digital entertainment industry for over 15 years.

He is the founding principal of Stephens Lawyers and has a personal and professional interest in the future of East/West co-productions, and funding for film, animation and other digital content projects.

Michael’s current interests include acting as a director of a number of New Zealand film and digital entertainment companies, and as the chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Screen Innovation, the Asia Pacific Film Fund and the Korean Cinerama Trust New Zealand . He is also an honorary adviser to the New Zealand/China Film Festivals.

Some of the recently completed New Zealand film and media projects Michael has assisted with include I’m not Harry Jenson, District 9, Aftershock, Last of the Living and When night Falls.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

'Unprecedented' Conditions: Genesis Coal Burn 5-Yr High

Coal-fired generation from Genesis Energy’s Huntly operations was the highest in more than five years in the December quarter, as a combination of low hydro storage and plant outages were compounded by tight natural gas supplies. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Summary: NZ’s Equal-2nd Warmest Year On Record

Annual temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C above the annual average) across the majority of New Zealand... 2018 was the equal 2nd-warmest year on record for New Zealand, based on NIWA’s seven-station series which began in 1909. More>>

ALSO:

GDP: Economic Growth Dampens In The September Quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.3 percent in the September 2018 quarter, down from 1.0 percent in the previous quarter, Stats NZ said today... GDP per capita was flat in the September 2018 quarter, following an increase of 0.5 percent in the June 2018 quarter. More>>

ALSO:

Up $1.20: $17.70 Minimum Wage For 2019

Coalition Government signals how it will move toward its goal of a $20 p/h minimum wage by 2021... “Today we are announcing that the minimum wage will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019." More>>

ALSO: