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Film NZ competition winner announced

Film NZ competition winner announced

Acclaimed American film and television producer Ron Bozman will soon be winging his way to New Zealand, courtesy of Film New Zealand.

Mr Bozman has just been announced winner of the Film New Zealand competition, a partnership with Air New Zealand and Heritage Hotels, run at the Association of Film Commissions International Locations Tradeshow and 'Produced By' (Producers) Conference held at the Disney Studios, in Los Angeles in June. The prize includes a trip for two flying premium economy and 8 night's accommodation.

Mr Bozman, whose film credits include 'Silence of the Lambs', 'Philadelphia', 'The Human Stain', 'Changing Lanes', Julie Taymor's 'The Tempest', and 'This Must Be the Place', plans to visit New Zealand in 2012 after he completes production on his new CBS television series 'A Gifted Man', being shot on location in New York.

Thrilled with his win, Mr Bozman says he's had a long held interest in visiting New Zealand.

"After years of hearing glowing reports about New Zealand from so many friends, I'm very excited at the prospect of seeing it for myself.

"I look forward to exploring landscapes so beautifully portrayed in so many movies and am equally eager to explore the impressive New Zealand film world which created those movies."

Film New Zealand CEO Gisella Carr says she looks forward to welcoming him to New Zealand and the chance to showcase the New Zealand film industry.

"The NZ screen industry has a reputation second to none in international markets, as the entries to our competition - where entrants had to say why they wanted to visit NZ - made very clear.

"The competition was part of our ongoing promotion of NZ in our largest overseas screen market. Because of the commercial value of this business to NZ, Air NZ and Heritage Hotels came in with us on this competition. It was a great success with almost a quarter of all the 2,200 attendees at the event - visiting the NZ stand to enter.

"The competition meant the New Zealand team had a unique way to engage with producers in the US, and the response was overwhelmingly positive."


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