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Handle the Jandal: global coup for NZ music videos

September 1, 2006

Handle the Jandal: global coup for NZ music videos

Radio Active 89FM announced a major development for kiwi music videos today, following the naming of the 15 finalists for the 2006 Handle the Jandal music video awards.

The announcement that all entries would have the opportunity to be uploaded to the global iTunes network was a major coup for New Zealand music, said event manager Samantha Hayes.

"This is the first time that kiwi video clips can be uploaded to the world's largest digital music market, providing global exposure for home-grown acts in Aotearoa," she said.

"Not only is our music going worldwide on the iTunes network but also the fantastically creative images that have been entered for Handle the Jandal. Our cutting-edge talent is now in view of more than 300 million users and 58 million iPods."

Radio Active station manager Dave Gibbons said that the website has licensed the tracks for Jiggy digital download as well as for the global iTunes network.

"Handle the Jandal is a key part of the digital push that we're providing to get kiwi music out there. As well as iTunes, the music will be available on the Jiggy website for people to download through their mobiles without the need for credit cards," said Mr Gibbons.

Fifteen finalists were chosen from a record 93 entries to compete in nine categories.

The Radio Active 89FM’s Handle the Jandal D.I.Y New Zealand Music Video Awards 2006 are a celebration of New Zealand filmmakers and New Zealand’s DIY culture through the promotion of New Zealand music. Every film must be self-funded and feature NZ music.

"After long nights, red eyes and a bunch of banter among the judges, we finally managed to cull 93 awesome entries into 15," said Ms Hayes. "It wasn't easy, but we took one for the team.

"When someone says DIY, people often think that it's budget or cheap-looking. There's some well-polished gems among all the entries. Heaps of thought have gone into the clips, which is pretty damn cool for our music video scene.

"It shows how well creative kiwis have grasped the digital tools. They're making clips of such a high standard, it's as if they've been making films for years," said Ms Hayes.

The finalists are:

•Filthy Joe Smoker, P. Honden Organ, G.G. Willakaz for The Sorecocks, Lucyfer
•Sally Tran for Charlie Ash, O'Baby
•Chris Tegg for Onanon, Bugged
•Dean Judel for Missing Teeth, Vulgar Man
•Marc Smith for The Video Kid, DJs Girlfriend
•Chris Taine for Anji Sami, Out for the Weekend
•Jared Seltzer for The Gladeyes, London Street
•Mark Summerville for Battle Circus, Send in the Clones
•Ed Lust for Arkitype, Shut Eye
•Karen Curley for HDU, Tunguska
•Toby Donald for Boss Christ, El Bandido
•Mark Williams for Agent Alvin, Who's Your Daddy
•David Donaldson for Thrashing Marlin, Misery's Hole
•Dean Hewison for Mathew Saville, F*ck You Orlando
•Logan McMillan for Flip Grater, This Road Leads You Home

The awards ceremony for Handle the Jandal will be held September 20, at Wellington's Embassy Theatre.


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