Friday, February 26, 2010

2010 Oscar Nominated Scripts Free Online And Other News

Hi all,


This years Oscar Nominated Scripts are available for free to read or download online at
The Raindance website HERE .

I think it's a great idea to read lots of screenplays.
Especially if you are a writer but also if you are interested in film or in becoming a film maker.
Not only are they entertaining, but they are educating.

Thanks to Ian Lawton for giving me the heads up on this (Via twitter- my  @wanakafilm twitter feed now on this page ,over there on your left.)

Thanks folks.



1st 5 teams registering for V48 get refunded registration fee!

For Immediate Release:
Feb 25, 2010


V48HOURS is the hugely successful annual filmmaking competition that celebrates chaos and creativity during one weekend each year.

V48HOURS returns for its 8th year, attracting everyone from skilled filmmakers to enthusiastic newcomers. This year over 650 team leaders will assemble squads (of up to 9,000+ people) to create 650 short films in just one weekend. Past winners have gone on to create acclaimed short films, feature films, television shows and even an Oscar nomination.

V48HOURS shorts are first screened in heats throughout New Zealand cinemas, before the best are selected to compete against Peter Jackson's Wildcard picks on a two-week C4 television series that builds to a Grand Final, with just one film being crowned the Grand National Champ, winning a monumental package from a $100,000 prize pool.

V48HOURS Director Ant Timpson has been at the helm of the event for 8 years and in that time past winners have included the talented likes of Taika Waititi (Eagle Vs Shark, Boy), Gerard Johnstone (The Jaquie Brown Diaries) and The Downlow Concept (7 Days). He is confident that 2010 is going to be a sensational year and not just for that fact that Taranaki has now joined the regional line up

"Each year it keeps growing and each year it produces a couple of works that can proudly stand alongside shorts made for tens of thousands of dollars. This year I'm really hoping some of the long term teams push themselves and produce works that subvert and deconstruct. Anything that results in highly original and maybe even visually deranged shorts is good in my book. We are at the edge of the digital frontier, so teams should be firing creative flaming arrows and burning down the status quo. Taranaki teams have participated previously but this year we're opening the floodgates to all teams from the region to showcase the considerable talent with their own competition".

V Energy, the long term partner of the event have decided to sign on as official naming rights sponsor for an additional three years, which in these recessionary times is a show of remarkable faith for the event and the talent that is being fostered.

Last years winner of the competition, the animated short "Charlotte" was picked up by the New Zealand Film Commission, who have come back onboard again with increased financial support for the competition and prize pool. NZFC CEO Graeme Mason explains

“The NZFC is proud to support and be a sponsor of V48Hours. V48Hours’ philosophy is very much in line with our own philosophy, shown in our new Escalator scheme, that is, when teams of a like mind get together they can achieve great things in a short time with limited resources.” 

Teams that are feeling the burn of the recession may have found their goodwill angel in our Gold Partner Vodafone who are offering to refund the full cost of registration to the first FIVE teams who register on the official site from Monday March 1st, 10am sharp.

V48Seconds the annual warm up competition is back for 2010, calling for all filmmakers to choose an epic movie clip from films past, re‐shoot it in 48 seconds with a savvy ‘V’ twist, and slap it up on You Tube. V48Seconds attracts anyone from amateur filmies through to those using it as warm-up for V48Hours. The competition is FREE and open to anyone – you can even film it on your mobile phone! There are tons of prizes up for grabs so make sure you get your skills ready for the V48Seconds launch on March 15.

Official Website :
Official VRepublic Site :
Register immediately to avoid disappointment.
Registration for 48HOURS finishes on April 5
Shoot Weekend : April 16-18
City Finals :May 8/9
Television Series : May 3
C4 Grand Final : May 20

Hundreds of teams compete. Hundreds of thousands watch. There can be only one winner.

For all Publicity Enquiries and Further Information:
Jodie Molloy (
Nicola Vuleta (

Please note the title of the event is not : 48 Hour Film Project, 48 Hours Film Competition, 48 Hour Furious Filming, 48Hours Furious Film Festival Competition, 48 Hours Filmmaking Festival. It is now simply known as V48HOURS or V48 for abbreviation purposes.
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Filmmaker Rob Sarkies is to host an inspiring kick-start to 2010 with a series of weekend workshops over March and April aimed at short, 48hr, TV/TVC directors or digi-feature film-makers looking to transition into features. 

The workshops will be an intensive mixture of talks, exercises, practical examples and play with plenty of time for questions along the way. They are designed to get you thinking about the art, craft and practical reality of feature directing and  give practical tips from someone who has been there. 

Three weekend workshops on different topics will be held over March/April in Auckland and Wellington.  Places are limited to keep class sizes low and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.

Please explore the site for details about the workshops, dates and times or download a printable info sheet HERE.

Places are limited so REGISTER NOW to check availability & secure yours.  
REGISTER HERE or email the workshop administrator at:

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