Women directors a focus for 48h festival

The famous 48hour film making competition is coming up in August and organisers are keen to get more female directors involved.

A record number of women and girls directed films in the HP 48hours filmmaking competition last year, says event organiser Ant Timpson.

“Last year we had 200 women and girls directing films in the competition, which is a massive improvement over previous years.”

This reflects the recent focus on gender equality in the director’s chair, he says.

By way of an incentive, the Gaylene Preston/WIFT Award has become a more prominent feature of the event. A $1000 cash prize (plus free WIFT membership) is now available for the Best Female Director winner.

Having first offered this award 10 years ago in the Wellington City final, Preston is happy it is now part of the national final.

“It is for a dedicated, committed female director who is already working on forging her own path. Every year, 48hours grows terrific talent and it’s fantastic that women have begun to participate as leading creatives in greater numbers.”

The HP48hours website is approaching the milestone of 100 million views and Timpson is heartened by the growing number of teams who are now creating award-winning web-series.

“This matches the increased growth of local audiences choosing the digital landscape over existing networks.”

Past winners of the 48 hour competition include Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), TheDownLowConcept (Gary of the Pacific), Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and award-winning playwright/TV writer/actor Thomas Sainsbury (Super City), who was last year’s winner.

The famous 48hour film making competition is coming up in August and organisers are keen to get more female directors involved.

A record number of women and girls directed films in the HP 48hours filmmaking competition last year, says event organiser Ant Timpson.

“Last year we had 200 women and girls directing films in the competition, which is a massive improvement over previous years.”

This reflects the recent focus on gender equality in the director’s chair, he says.

By way of an incentive, the Gaylene Preston/WIFT Award has become a more prominent feature of the event. A $1000 cash prize (plus free WIFT membership) is now available for the Best Female Director winner.

Having first offered this award 10 years ago in the Wellington City final, Preston is happy it is now part of the national final.

“It is for a dedicated, committed female director who is already working on forging her own path. Every year, 48hours grows terrific talent and it’s fantastic that women have begun to participate as leading creatives in greater numbers.”

The HP48hours website is approaching the milestone of 100 million views and Timpson is heartened by the growing number of teams who are now creating award-winning web-series.

“This matches the increased growth of local audiences choosing the digital landscape over existing networks.”

Past winners of the 48 hour competition include Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), TheDownLowConcept (Gary of the Pacific), Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and award-winning playwright/TV writer/actor Thomas Sainsbury (Super City), who was last year’s winner.

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