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Special Screening and Q&A with Oscar Accredited Filmmakers

Special Screening and Q&A with Oscar Accredited Filmmakers

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  • Wed 20 Nov ’13, 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $5.00

StarNow, in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, will be hosting a special screening of the Oscar accredited short films, "Tsuyako" and "Ellen is Leaving". "Tsuyako" has screened at over 70 film festivals worldwide, winning 42 awards including Best Film at the 2013 HollyShorts Film Festival, while “Ellen is Leaving” recently won Best Narrative Short at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival.

The screening on Wednesday 20 November at the Film Archive will also include a Q&A with "Tsuyako" director Mitsuyo Miyazaki and producer Jacob Halajian all the way from the US and "Ellen is Leaving" director Michelle Saville.

About the Filmmakers
Mitsuyo Miyazaki is a writer-director, whose directorial debut short film “Tsuyako” has screened at over 70 film festivals worldwide, winning 42 awards and 2 nominations including DGA Award for the Best Female Student Filmmaker, Best International Short Film at 2 Academy Award qualified festivals (Mexico and Ireland), Future Filmmaker's Award and Audience Award at Palm Springs International Short Fest, and Best Screenplay and Best Short Film at Social World Film Festival in Italy. Her most recent Live Action/Animated short film “A Better Tomorrow” was produced by The Weinstein Company and sponsored by Lexus, premiered at the 2013 Festival de Cannes. She was chosen as one of the 5 directors from around the world, and worked with award-winning animator Koji Morimoto (The Animetrix, Digital Party, Genius Party Beyond) to create her vision.

Jacob Halajian is a writer-producer who has written, produced and directed several short films and music videos. Currently, he is a production coordinator at a previsualization studio, working on a range of feature films, including "The Avengers" and "Godzilla". He has previously worked at DNA, Refused TV and ContentFilm as well as Oscilloscope Laboratories in NYC, alongside Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, where he was involved in the distribution of the film Wendy and Lucy. Recently completed personal projects include a documentary about a Madonna impersonator and a short about an uninhibited online rendezvous called "2-Star."

Michelle Saville is a New Zealand director. Her short film "Betty Banned Sweets", was accepted into several high profile, international film festivals including Melbourne International Film Festival 2008 where she was invited to participate in the Melbourne International Film Festival 'Accelerator' Programme. The film went on to screen at Gijon International Film Festival 2008, Aspen Short Film Festival 2009, International Festival of Rotterdam 2009, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009 and was in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Festival 2009. Her most recent short “Ellen Is Leaving” was a finalist in the 'New Zealand's Best' Short Film Programme at the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival and went on to screen In-Competition at the Chicago International Film Festival. It also received the Best Narrative Short award at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival.

StarNow has flown the filmmakers Mitsuyo and Jacob over from LA, so this is an amazing opportunity to meet two very talented international filmmakers.

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