Brussels: sprouts Kiwi winners

Brussels: sprouts Kiwi winnersScreen Hub
Wednesday 9 November, 2011
Brussels hosts a selection of film festivals, many with confusingly similar acronyms, but FIFI is easy to remember, and the Festival Internationale du Film Independent de Bruxelles offered a NZ focus this time around.The festival screens features in international and domestic competitions and an international short film competition.Three Kiwi features were selected in the international feature competition with two coming away with cash prizes, awarded in the currently volatile Euro. Michael Bennett`s Matariki and Jason Stutter`s Predicament flew the flag, with , Stephen Sinclair`s Russian Snark a late addition to the competition programme.Roseanne Liang`s My Wedding and Other Secrets screened out of competition. UK-based actress Celeste Wong, who played Melanie in the film, attended as a guest of the fest.

Russian Snark took away the Best Film gong.

Matariki won two prizes. Michael Bennett took Best Director while Best Actor went to Iaheto Ah Hi, from whose one-man show Tautai the film was developed.

In the shorts department, five Kiwi films screened: Stephen Kang`s Blue, Tammy Davis` Ebony Society, Kirsten Green`s Hauraki, Welby Ings` Muntedand Alan Dickson`s Preferably Blue. All bar one are currently screening here as part of Show Me Shorts (Ing`s being odd man out).

Published November 9th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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