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Peter Jackson's Hot Picks

48Hours - A Furious Filmmaking Competition

Here's the latest from 48Hours HQ...


Press Release.
June 19, 2006

Peter Jackson has selected his Wildcard pick(s) for this years 48HOURS Live TV Final (June 23rd, 8.30pm, C4).

The Wildcard(s) will be revealed during Campbell Live on TV3 this Wednesday June 21st from 7pm, so be sure to tune in to see what tickled the acclaimed director’s fancy. Last year Peter Jackson couldn’t decide on just one short and ended up selecting two. How many will he choose this year?

Peter Jackson’s Wildcard(s) will compete alongside the 48HOURS City Winners from Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin... However, only one can become the Grand National Winner 2006 and take home the awesome booty of prizes (see below). Home viewer text votes and judges votes will decide just who that will be. As an added bonus, one lucky texter will receive $1000 from a random draw of all txt voters.

And if a thousand reasons are not exciting enough, Wingnut Films Ltd have generously thrown an extra Ten Thousand bucks into the prize pool. The Grand National Winner will receive an additional $5000 (thereby doubling their prize moolah to a whopping $10,000 cash plus the prizes listed below) The Runner Up will receive $3000 and the Second Runner Up $2000.

In each of the competing cities there will be a licensed venue hosting the Live TV show, so if you want to be part of the excitement then come along and support your home town team. (see VENUES below).

The TV show starts at 8.30pm sharp so if you’re joining us at one of the official city venues make sure you’re nice and early so you can snare a good spot, settle in with a drink and watch the excitement unfold… however if you have a ratings meter in your house, then please stay at home, throw your own party and boost our ratings.

VENUE : Galatos, Doors Open 7.30 / 17 Galatos St, off East St, Off K'Road.
Brown Peril : The Tim Porch Storyby The Down Low Concept
Genre : True Story
Story : Tim Porch wants to become the first Tongan badminton champion of NZ, but in his corner is his mentor with a terminal disease and nearby lurks master of the shuttlecock, Mr Geoffrey Tan

VENUE: Le Dome Bar and Cafe, Victoria Street (part of the Casino) From 8pm Specials on Stella.
Time Tourist by Dance Donkee Dance
Genre : science Fiction
Story : A gawky inventor attempts to go back in time to be with his true love, things however don't go according to plan.

VENUE: Sandwiches - From 7.30pm/ Corner Kent Terrace and Majoribanks St, Wellington (opp Embassy).
The Baby Farmer by Clean Slate
Genre : Monster
Story : An adulterous couple search through a creepy old house that has connections to one of NZs most notorious murderers.

VENUE : Christchurch Media Club, 191 Armagh St, Next to Centennial Pool from 7.30pm
The Escort by FR7835
Genre : Road Movie
Story: A seemingly innocent joyride takes on a darker tone for a middle-aged woman who has recently lost her son in a car accident.

VENUE: 10 Bar, 10 Octagon. Doors Open 8pm.
Action at Both Ends by Daddy Cool
Genre : Action
Story: A man vividly recounts his exciting action packed night of aggro, action and hot sex to his couch potato flatmate.

Up for grabs for the overall Grand National Winner is a phenomenal prize package worth tens of thousands.

- The Limited Edition Apee Trophy (NZ's equivalent of Best Picture Oscar)
- Apple PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB, hard drive, SuperDrive, GF6600
- Apple Cinema HD Display 30" Flat Panel, Final Cut Studio
- $5,000 cash prize from Wingnut Films Ltd
- $5,000 cash prize from New Zealand Film Commission
- Post production courtesy of Images Post to the value of $4k
- iPods 30GB (with video capabilities) courtesy of Apple Computer Division of Renaissance
- SmoothArm - a Stabilizer Unit for cameras courtesy of
- 3G Mobile courtesy of Vodafone
- 2 days hire on a Panasonic Varicam Production kit courtesy of Rocket Rentals (includes Panasonic Varicam AJ-27H with HD Zoom Lens, HD Wide Angle, Servo Zoom, Tripod, Medium Legs, Hi Hat)
- The full LOOP catalogue (30 albums in total!)
- A year's supply of Stella Artois courtesy of Stella Artois
- A year's supply of V courtesy of V

And of course The Best Cinematography Award which wins an amazing AG-HVX202 Pnasonic HD Video Camera courtesy of the team at Panasonic NZ. This alone is worth over $10,000.


Now it's time for audiences around New Zealand to Judge which short film they think should be awarded the supreme award; The Grand National Winner for 2006.


Hundreds of teams compete. Hundreds of thousands watch.



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