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Docnz Film Festival Awards Finalists Announced

Docnz Film Festival Awards Finalists Announced

DOCNZ FESTIVAL 2006 is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s national & international competition.
With the recent addition of awards for the best international as well as local entries, there are 42 films competing for the 8 awards.
With twice as many films entered in 2006 as last year, the line up promises an enlightening mix of high profile exposés and previously unreleased gems!
See below for the full list of competitors:

National – Feature Documentary

Documentary Name Director Country/Year/Time
Ghost Fleet Jonathan Finnigan NZ, 05, 94’
Piano Man John Carlaw NZ, 05, 70’
Changing Gears Lisa Burd NZ, 06,106’
Far Off Town – Dunedin to Nashville Bridget Sutherland NZ, 06, 79’

National – Medium Documentary

Documentary Name Director Country/Year/Time
Between the Lines – The Life of Dennis Glover Bill De Friez NZ, 05, 46’
Touch Wood Kosmo Kentish-Barnes NZ, 06, 46’
Turning the Tide Catherine Madigan NZ, 06, 47’
4 Geese….Flock Luke Wheeler NZ, 06, 59’
Destiny in Motion Peter Bell NZ, 06, 48’
Valveman Simon Pattison NZ, 06, 48’
The Black Road William Nessen NZ/Australia, 06, 57’

National – Short Documentary

Documentary Name Director Country/Year/Time
Mail Order Zoe McIntosh NZ, 05, 13’
Black & White Kirsty McDonald NZ, 06, 17’
So Far Yet So Close Sophie Zhang NZ, 06, 25’
Home Echo Di Zhu NZ, 06, 14’
Longfin Melissa Salpietra, Lindsey Davidson NZ, 06, 24’
Titans of the Coral Sea Jordan Plotsky NZ, 06, 17’

International – Feature Documentary

Documentary Name Director Country/Year/Time
Silma’s School Jane Jeffes Australia, 06, 83’
Martyr Street Shelly Saywell Canada, 06, 90’
37 Uses For a Dead Sheep Ben Hopkins UK, 05, 87’
Paper Dolls Tomer Heymann Israel, 06, 84’
Me & My Parents, My Parents & I Gerrit van Elst Netherlands, 04, 75’
A Hero’s Journey Grace Phan Singapore, 06, 81’
How Arnold Won The West Alex Cooke UK/ France, 04, 80’
Hand of God Joe Cultrera USA, 05, 90’
The Chances of the World Changing Eric Daniel Metzgar USA, 05, 99’
Flock of Dodos Randy Olson USA, 06, 84’

International – Medium Documentary

Documentary Name Director Country/year/Time
In the Tall Grass Coll Metcalfe Rwanda/USA, 06, 57’
Kidnapped! Melissa Kyu-Jung Lee Australia/Korea, 05, 52’
Blowin’ in the Wind David Bradbury Australia, 05, 62’
Braindamadj’d….Take II Paul Nadler Canada, 05, 50’
Our Own Private Bin Laden Samira Goetschel Canada/ Switzerland, 05, 63’
Prostitution Behind the Veil Nahid Persson Iran/Sweden/ Denmark, 04, 58’
Dialogues in the Dark Melek Taylan Turkey, 06, 65’
Songbirds Brian Hill USA, 05, 62’
Taking the Heat Bann Roy USA, 06, 60’
The Blood of Yingzhou District Ruby Yang USA/China, 06, 39’

International - Short Documentary

Documentary Name Director Country/Year/Time
Santa Is Here Christina Oer Cambodia, 06, 3’
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night Sonali Gulati India/USA, 04, 27’
Fine Hazel Baillie Scotland, 05, 6’
Upside Down Astrid Bussink Netherlands, 06, 9’
Ayla: The Tsunami Girl Wilma Lighthart Netherlands, 05, 15’

DOCNZ Festival Director Dan Shanan says, “The selection panel have been impressed at the calibre of entries this year, and it’s been tough to decide where the cut off point is. We are all confident though that this year’s selection will have something for everyone, making it even more enjoyable and successful than last year.”


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