Over the weekend five graduates from the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication showcased their student films in a special red carpet event at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre.
NHNZ is has been supporting the natural history filmmaking and communication students since the Centre’s launch in 2001.
NHNZ contributes to the course in a number of ways; from producers EPing the students’ documentaries to providing advice on promotion, distribution and technical support that will stand them in good stead out in the world.
Over the years graduates from the course have gone on to have successful careers in natural history and documentary filmmaking, working on international productions and winning multiple awards.
NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch says the course has also been beneficial for NHNZ.
“The Sci Comm course has played an important role in future-proofing NHNZ. There are currently 9 graduates working at NHNZ.
“These include Ashwika Kapur who’s graduate film Sirocco – How a Dud became a Stud was awarded Best Newcomer at the Wild Screen Film Festival 2014 and garnered a nomination for Emerging Filmmaker award at Jackson Hole 2015; Braydon Maloney, who recently won Best Environmental Film award at NZ Mountain Film Festival 2015 with his graduate film Pest Free?; and Susan Harvey, who co-produced Beneath the Surface, which was broadcast on Maori TV earlier this year.
“The films showcased over the weekend were excellent, and continue to exceed all expectations in terms of story and production value. NHNZ is very proud to have a close association with the Centre.”