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Winners Of Qantas Film And Television Craft Awards

Media release
12 September 2008

Winners Of Qantas Film And Television Craft Awards Announced

Craft Awards celebrate outstanding technical expertise in the film and television industries

Remaining 36 categories will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland tomorrow night

The first 21 categories in this year’s Qantas Film and Television Awards have been announced at a lunch-time ceremony today.

The Qantas Film and Television Craft Awards were held in the Winter Garden at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. The Craft Awards celebrate outstanding technical expertise in categories including cinematography, make-up design, costume design, camerawork, editing, music, production design and sound design.

The Craft Awards follow the merger this year of the New Zealand Screen Awards and New Zealand Television Awards.

Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand executive director and organising committee member, Anna Cahill, said a separate Craft Awards ceremony was held because of the growth of the New Zealand film and television industries.

“The awards recognise that the expertise, passion, tenacity and determination of our people are integral to our industries’ work being a success at home and internationally.”

New Zealand Television Broadcasters’ Council chief executive and organising committee member, Rick Friesen, said the judges were impressed with the depth and maturity of this year’s entries.

“In recent years both the film and television industries have increasingly been singled out for the technical and creative brilliance of their work. The finalists and winners at the Qantas Film and Television Craft Awards today reflect that. We congratulate them.”

The red carpet will be rolled out at Auckland’s historic Civic Theatre tomorrow night [eds: Saturday, 13 September] for the Qantas Film and Television Awards. The Awards ceremony will be attended by more than 1,000 guests from the world of film and television and will be broadcast on TV3 at 9.30pm.

Craft Award highlights

Achievement in CinematographyGreig Fraser, Out of the Blue
Outstanding Technical Contribution in Film – budget under $1 million – Ginny Loane, Cinematographer, A Song of Good
Achievement in Make-up Design in Film – Dave Elsey, Black Sheep
Achievement in Editing in Film – Annie Collins, Out of the Blue
Achievement in Original Music in Film – John Gibson and Jack Body, Rain of the Children

Achievement in Original Music in General Television Christian Biegai, Riki Gooch and Dave Whitehead
Achievement in Production Design in General Television – Ant Sang, bro’Town
Best News Camera – Jared Mason, One News and Close Up
Best Current Affairs Camera – George Murahidy, 60 Minutes

(Full list of winners from the Craft Awards attached)

_The Qantas Film and Television Awards is delighted to have Qantas as a significant partner and naming rights sponsor of the Awards. The Awards are managed jointly by the Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand and the New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council.
The Awards would not be possible without the financial assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission and support from our sponsors:
Auckland City Council – Auckland, home of the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Images and Sound
NZ On Air
Pernod Ricard and Jameson Irish Whiskey
AGB Nielsen
Atomic Coffee Roasters


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About the Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand
The Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand (SDGNZ) represents New Zealand Directors and Editors. The Guild creates a forum where creatives can define, defend and further their professional industry. The SDGNZ is dedicated to the artistic excellence, employment opportunities and economic wellbeing of its members.

About the New Zealand Television Broadcasters’ Council
The New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council is an industry organisation representing the non-competitive interests of free-to-air television broadcasters in New Zealand. The members are TVWorks, Television New Zealand and Maori Television.


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